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Pierre de L'Estoile bound manuscript fragment

Call Number: MS C72


Fragments of poems, prose, and other items from 16th century French diarist Pierre de L'Estoile.


  • Creation: after 1591, probably before 1611


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1 volume : Bound in 20th century quarter vellum by G. Gauche of Paris. Items have been paginated: p.285-312, 221-246, 129-135 (original numbering); modern pencil foliation for the leaves as they are in the volume is 1-31. Signature is undiscoverable, on stubs. Text within frame, of double Pulls at head, single on sides and at foot. ; 21.3 x 15.6 cm

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Scope and Contents

Patron: Pierre L'Estoile? in last section, which are probably by author.

Brunet's edition of L'Estoile mentions the selections given in our Manuscript on leaves 1-5 (Brunet V.20), 5v (V.20), 15-19 (V.7-8), 19v-20v (V.10-11), 25v-27v (V.16-D7), giving a variant text in the case of f.l-5 and 5v, and merely a reference in the case of the others.

The editor of L'Estoile's Journal pour la regne de Henri IV atato that the text of the manuscript on leaf 15-19 may be found in J.A, de Thou, Histoire Universelle, 1734, Vol I p.185-9, 286-8.

The rest of the texts have been undiscoverable. Comparison with Bibl. Royale Manuscript Fr. 10303 and 10304 suggests strongly that the Italic hand visible on leaf 5v and in the margins of the last 4 items is that of L'Estoile himself. These manuscripts are supposedly holograph but are actually in various hands, although all are annotated by this italic. Perhaps the other hands are those of amanuenses.

References include Haag. La France protestant, Joecher, Biog. universelle, and L'Estoile, Pierre de. Memoires-Journaux ... ed. Brunet. Paris, 1875-1896.

L'Estoile, Pierre de. Bib. Royals Manuscript Fr. 10303 & 10304.

See attached for reference information:

Physical Location

MS C72

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Librairie Paul Jammee, May 1961


Published by Isabelle Armitage as "Fragment des Recueils de Pierre de L' Estoile" University of Kansas Humanistic Series, 47 (1976).
Guide to the Pierre de L'Estoile Collection
Pierre de L'Estoile bound manuscript fragment
Finding aid prepared by am, September 1963. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
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