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Image du Monde

A scribe named Jaquemin of Acre copied Gossuin de Metz’s popular work, the Image du Monde at the scriptorium of Acre in the late thirteenth century. This medieval encyclopedic text, composed in Old French, draws on Latin sources of the same type, including Honorius of Autun’s Imago mundi, Jacques de Vitry’s Historia Hieroslmitana, and Alexander Neckham’s De naturis rerrum, to provide a basic overview of the seven liberal arts, the four elements, and the geography of the earth and the stars. Composed in verse, the first copy was presented to Robert d’Artois, brother of King Louis IX of France, in 1246.

Chantilly, Musée Condé, MS. 476


Secondary Literature
Minervini, Laura. “Produzione e circolazione di manoscritti negli Stati Crociati: biblioteche e scriptoria latini.” In Il viaggio dei testi. Terzo colloquio internazionale Medioevo romanzo e orientale, III Colloquio Internazionale Medioevo Romanzo e Orientale, 92-93. Catanzaro, Italy: Rubbettino, 1999.