THE ROMANCE OF TROY
In French prose, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Southern Netherlands, probably Brussels, c. 1450-1460
17 large miniatures by the Master of Girart de Roussillon and Workshop
This is the finest and most richly illuminated extant manuscript of the version called “Prose 1” of the Romance of Troy, which is the earliest great rendering of the Trojan legend in the French language. Its miniatures are by the artist known as the Master of Girart de Roussillon, named after the manuscript in Vienna of the Roman de Girart de Roussillon. Probably identical with Dreux Jean, this rare and accomplished illuminator worked for the court of the dukes of Burgundy, and this manuscript must also come from the ducal circle. The addition of a newly attributed manuscript to the elusive and incomparable Master himself is a major event in the scholarship of southern Netherlandish art. This is probably the finest manuscript of Trojan romance ever likely to be sold again.