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Médiathèque Valais
S 94
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Jean de Mandeville, Von dem gelobten Land [Voyages]. German translation by Michel Velser
Paper · II + 120 + II ff. · 20 x 28.5 cm · Northern Switzerland (?) · 15th century
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At once a travel memoir and a geography book, the Voyages by John Mandeville, probably written around 1355-1357, were a great success in the Middle Ages. Numerous handwritten copies make it possible to distinguish three different versions of the French text, which gave rise to translations into Latin and into the vernacular languages. The oldest German translation, going back to about 1393-1399, is by Michel Velser, a member of the von Völs family (Völs, South Tyrol). This copy, S 94 from the library of Walter Supersaxo (ca. 1402-1482), Bishop of Sion, and of his son Georges (ca. 1450-1529), contains numerous ornamental initials, some zoomorphic or anthropomorphic. The endpapers are parchment. Based on the language, the manuscript should be from Northern Switzerland. An ownership note on f. 120v mentions an uncle “G”, which may suggest Georges Supersaxo himself. In the binding, there was a fragment of a papal document that can without doubt be dated to the middle of the 13th century, from a Pope Innocent and addressed to the Abbot of Kempten. Ms. S 94 can be compared to another manuscript from the Supersaxo library, namely with S 99, which contains a French version of the Voyages. (esc)
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10.5076/e-codices-mvs-S-0094 (
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Sion/Sitten, Médiathèque Valais, S 94: Jean de Mandeville, Von dem gelobten Land [Voyages]. German translation by Michel Velser (
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15th century
Figurative, Initial, Ornamental, Penwork, Tinted Drawing
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André DONNET, « Inventaire de la Bibliothèque Supersaxo », dans Vallesia, 29 (1974), p. 31-106, voir p. 36, 70-71

Françoise FERY-HUE, « Jean de Mandeville », dans Dictionnaire des lettres françaises. Le Moyen Age, nouvelle éd. sous la dir. de Geneviève HASENOHR et Michel ZINK, Paris, 1994, p. 810-814

Eric John MORRALL, « Michel Velsers „Mandeville“ und Petrarcas geographische Schriften. Bemerkungen zu der Mandeville-Handschrift Supersaxo 94 der Kantonsbibliothek zu Sitten im Wallis, dans Vallesia, 26 (1971), p. 111-129

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