Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, II 139

[Roman d'Alexandre]

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General information

Folio notes:One folio of an Alexandre manuscript pasted in a collection of fragments.
LanguageLanguage object (44)
Approx. datec. 1250
Date notesThe script suggests a date in the thirteenth century.
Place(s) of productionNorthern France
linguistic characteristics suggest a Northern localisation
First words of second recto folio[fragment of one folio]
First words of last recto folio[fragment of one folio]
Incipit[f. 1ra] l  i four(er) uoie(n)t g(ri)us uenir t(ous) eslaissies
Explicit[f. 1vb] d  iex (com) iououseme(n)t bales la recue


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:The folio has been trimmed, but appart from small holes in the intercolumn appears to be in good condition; Small hole in the lower inner corner of the folio.




Quire structure:One folio and part of the other side of the bifolium (majuscule column + 4/5 letters).
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:

Physical description

General description:Fragment, one folio corresponding to pp 206, v. 8 - 210, v. 19 of the Michelant edition. Edited by A. Scheler in 'Le Bibliophile Belge' 1974, 253-60.
General illustration:No illustration.
General decoration:A pen-decorated initial (alternatingly red and blue with flourishes in the contrasting colour, height: 3 lines) marks the beginning of each laisse. Guide letters in the outer margins. No evidence for further hierarchy in the decor in this fragment.
Evidence of readership:15th/16th-century annotations on the recto and verso side of the folio may indicate that by this time the manuscript had already been cut up for different use. The annotations are not legible on the microfilm. At this time (December 2012) the fragments are in restauration. upper margin left: faded annotation: registres des feus de fernemont difficult to read but mentions de fernelmont loy d [.]uyelle under the b-column: '[....] appartiens a monsr de furnemo(n)t' Two other, illegible annotations in the right margin of the recto and in the upper margin of the verso.
Foliations description:No foliations.

Mise en page

Description 1Standard mise en page with majuscule column for verse texts.
Page sampledf. 1r
Page dimensions325x255 (mm)
Justification230x195 (mm)
9mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationRed ink is used only for decoration.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 1vb
Date?1250 to 1300
Scribe description:Northern littera textualis rotundus with two-compartment 'a', the upper compartment of which is not closed. Exclusive use of uncial 'd'. 8-shaped 'g', the lower lobe of which has approximately the same size as the upper lobe and descends slightly below the baseline. 'h' descends below the baseline curving to the left. 'I' longa used after 'u'. Straight 's' is used in all positions. 'I' is marked with a slanting dash where confusion is possible. Exclusive use of 'u', also for 'v'. Abbreviations include horizontal bar for nasal consonants and q(ue), inverted 'c' for 'r'-abbreviations, superscript vowels ('i', 'a'), the -'us' and 'com' abbreviations, crossed tironian 'et' and 'est' abbreviation. Fusion of round 'r' and preceding 'o'. Punctuation is only used to mark numerals.
NotesThe absence of half-uncial 'd', exclusive use of straight 's' and two-compartment 'a' the upper compartment of which is open may indicate a date circa 1250. The presence of the 'est' abbreviation is remarkable.


DescriptionAcquired 23 November 1872 at the auction of C.P. Serrure.
PlacePlace object (16)