Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 760

De monseingnor Tristan, li filz au roi Meliadus de Leonois (rubric)

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General information

Folio notes:f. 127, mutilated, has been pasted onto a paper leaf (so the verso is no longer visible).
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date?1275 to 1300
Date notes'XIVe siècle' (Vinaver 1925, 43); 'sec. XIVin' (Delcorno Branca 1980, 214); 'late 13th-early 14th cent.' (Allaire 2002, 20); 'sec. XIIIex' (Cigni 2012, 264).
Place(s) of productionGenoa-Pisa
'Pisan area production' (Allaire 2002, 20); 'Pisa-Genova' (Cigni 2012, 264).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] le dites . Certes fet
First words of last recto folio[f. 127ra] ute la cite
Incipit[f.1ra] CEstui liure parole de mo(n)sein / gnor T(ristan) li filz au Roi meliad(us) / de leonois . Et [...] mo(n)seignor lanc(elot) / le filz au Roi ban de benois . Et / [...] les [...]iens ch(evalie)r dou roiau / me de logres . Et deuise un torno / iement qui ferus fu deuant le ch /astel d [...]ueserp . Et si com [...] T(ristan) / le uanqui par sa grant cch(eualer)ie.  ENcest  / partie / dit li co(n) / tes  que / 
Explicit[f.127rb] en cor tret en l[...] / ma il requis. (et) prie [...] / autre (et) por ces letr[...] / che po[...]st lautre[...] / chose faillent en se[...] /  [...] uendroit ames[...] /

Related MS

Gousset's Group 1 (1988, 130n)
RelationshipType object (14)Manuscript object (146)
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Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Rather thick and rigid vellum, worn in several places. There are sewn tears (e.g. ff. 48, 100, 103, etc.), and holes within the writing space avoided by the scribe (e.g. ff. 49ra and 49vb) as well as outside the writing space (e.g. one at f. 59 and two at f. 99). The lower outer corner is missing from the final four folios, and the third and fourth from the end have been trimmed along a curve, cutting off a portion of column b of the recto and a of the verso.



1-15(ff. 1-120) 16(ff. 121-127).

Quire structure:Regular quaternions. The first visible catchword appears on f. 24v.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (9)

Physical description

No. of illustrations:178
General illustration:Bas-de-page illustrations, unframed and without decorative backgrounds. Human figures, natural elements (trees, etc.), buildings (towers, castles, etc.) in bright and thick colours, according to the typical style of the 'atelier pisano-genovese'. On f. 51r, a note for the illustrator?
General decoration:Large historiated initials (height: c. 10 lines) on ff. 1ra, 70va, 95ra, and 109ra, accompanied by rubrics, framed in green and with gilded background, featuring figures (e.g. a crowned figure in red clothing with sceptre on f. 1ra; a knight with a silvery shield riding a horse on f. 95ra). Large decorated initials (height: 6 to 10 lines) on ff. 34ra, 60ra, 109va, etc., in bright and thick colours, framed in green on gilded and blue grounds, with white filigree. Chapter initials (height: 3 lines), red and blue, alternating irregularly. Folios 15v-16r provide a good example of the decoration in the MS.
Evidence of readership:On f. 23r, under the writing space, some scribbles. On ff. 48rb, 56rb, and 84rb, a cross next to the column. On f. 120v, ownership mark? MC / Madanselle Cremi.
Foliations description:Modern numbering in black ink in the upper right corner of recto sides.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 6v
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions354x278 (mm)
Justification224x172 (mm)
16mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationOnly at f. 1ra (cf. supra).
Writing above top line?True
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom to
Date?1275 to 1300
Scribe description:


Descriptionf. 1r above the writing space, centred at the top margin of the page, a later hand wrote: Arlenc.
PlacePlace object (170)
Descriptionf. 120v, centred at the lower margin of the page, a later hand wrote: 'MC / Madanselle Cremi.
PlacePlace object (1)