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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ. Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart

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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ.
Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
page 113



Valerius Andreas informs us, in the Bibliotheca Belgica, Louanni 3623-4. p. 503. that at Doornik, in the library of St Martin, a manufcript with pictures was kept, but no longer remains, as in Fabricii Biblioth. med. et inf. Lat. vol. ii. p. 633. Not. b. Among the manufcripts from the Voflian collection, in the univerfity library at Leyden, is found one in two volumes on vellum. Catal. Biblioth. Univerfit. Lugd. Bat. 1716. fol. p. 358. In the library at Bern is a beautiful manufcript on vellum, in four folio volumes : out of each volume of them, however, the firft leaf of the text has been cut. The infpector of this library, Mr I. R. Sinner, has defcribed it in his excellent Catal. Codd. Manufcript. Bibliotheca? Bernenfis, in three large oétavo volumes, t. ii. Bernse 1770, p. «220, 241, together with an inferted abridgment from the treattfe of Monfieur de la Curne, demonstrating the great value of this work, and has, with juftice, cenfured many hiflories, that have been only compiled from newfpapers and common layings, by which the ftudy of hiftory and the remembrance of human adventures have been confuted rather than illuftrated. He alfo informs us of another manufcript, of which Jac. Bongarfius has availed himfelf, and compared it with Sauvage's edition, which compared copy is likewife found in the library at Berne. Finally, Mr Bernouilli, in the fourteenth volume of his Collection of Ihort Defcriptions of Travels, Berlin, 1784, octavo, page 382. gives notice that there had been fhewn to him in the library of Mr RetehfgrafenVon Callenberg at Muffkan, in the Oberlaufitz, Les 4 livres de Froiflàrt Chronique de France, an excellent codex in two folio volumes on vellum, 263 leaves, beautifully written, but at different periods, with 200 exceedingly magnincent miniature paintings. This being premifed, I have to defcribe each volume particularly. 110 I


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