French, Middle (circa 1300-1600)
The manuscript, written and illuminated circa 1430, contains verses in French in Mary`s hand, most of which are reproduced here.
Placed with the photographs is a letter concerning them from Ronald Munro Ferguson to Lord Rosebery, 1903.
The verses were published by Prince Alexandre Labanoff in ‘Lettres … de Marie Stuart’ (London, 1844), vii, pages 348-352.
For a description of the manuscript, see “Principaux Manuscrits à peintures ... dans ... l`ancienne Bibliothèque Impériale Publique de Saint-Pétersbourg” by Comte A de Laborde (Paris, 1936), i, pages 63-66.
Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.
The photographs were transferred in 1973 from the Department of Printed Books.