Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, 3340

Historia Troiana (supplied title). Binding reads 'Siège de Troyes'

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General information

Folio notes:189 folios + f. 12 bis, minus folio 173 (the modern foliation skips from 172 to 174). Contains only the 'Troie'.
LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. date6-1237
Date notesThe colophon on f. 189v, in the same hand as the script, reads: 'Il fu fait an l'an de mil et deus C et XXXVII anz et aparsuit ou mois de jugn' (Jung 1996, 134).
Place(s) of production{unspecified}
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] Sampres ici au comancier (Jung 1996, 134)
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f. 1ra] Salemons nos anseigne et dit (Jung 1996, 134)
Explicit[f. 189vb] Celui gart Dex et teigne et voie / Qui bien essance et menteploie. // Il fu fait l'an de mil et deus C et XXXVII anz et aparsuit ou mois de jugn. (Jung 1996, 134)


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:The lower part of ff. 43, 54, 61, 66, 80, 96, 101, 106, 114, 127, 130 has been cut. F. 108 is discoloured, as are residually ff. 107 and 109. Same for f. 110 and those surrounding. F. 105 has a hole measuring 10 mm. in the bottom central margin. Ff. 110, 120 and 123 have holes, as does 113, which has been sewn and repaired. The hole in f. 121 obscures a few words. F. 138 has a corner rip. Ff. 181, 186 and 189 all have small holes.



1-38 49 57 6-88 97 10-238 246

Quire structure:24 quires, numbered at the end. Quaternions, with the exception of quires 4 (9 ff.), 5 (7 ff.), 9 (7 ff.) and 24 (6 ff.) (Jung 1996, 134).
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Physical description

No. of illustrations:2
General illustration:Two historiated initials, both with two compartments. The first (height: 15 lines), on f. 1r, depicts Solomon and a city. The second (height: 11 lines), on f. 5r, depicts Peleus and a boat in the upper part, and knights and a dragon in the lower one. See Jung 1996, 134. Another 25 initials are coloured and decorated.
General decoration:Major divisions are marked by large decorated initials (height: 5, 6 or 8 lines), in pink or blue, against gold grounds. Minor divisions are marked by small initials (height: 2 lines), alternating blue and red, with decoration in the contrasting colour.
Evidence of readership:13th-c. annotations in Latin, written vertically. On f. 1r, in the right margin, one-third of the way down the page: roman ou / histoire du siege / de Troyes par benoist / de Saint Moor / level la 1237. On 1vb , line 25, the author is named in the text. On f. 25v, on the role played by Fortune in the Fall of Troy: 'Responsa non credentes divina nec formidantes hec omnia sunt in causa destructinis troiana'. On f. 142v, beside the death of Paris, a quotation from the 'Doctrinale' of Alexandre de Villedieu: 'Oliopomenon: Urit amor paridem nuptam rapit armat atridem. Ulcio pugnatur fit machina troia crematur'. On f. 189v: 'Glorior elatus. descendo minorificatus. / Infimus a re teror. Rursus ad astra feror'. Explicit formulae in the same hand. Just above the stamp from the Arsenal, in a lighter script: Explicit juste / Via toriana / L hystoria de Troia. See Jung 1996, 134-5.
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Mise en page

Description 1Source: Careri et al. 2001, 3-5. The complex mise en page includes 16 ruled vertical lines.
Page sampled52r
LayoutMSLayout object (4)
Page dimensions322x227 (mm)
Justification210x153 (mm)
18mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Writing above top line?True
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Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 189vb
Scribe description:Mid-sized northern book hand with angular ductus. Traits include: two-compartment 'a' (open upper bow), round 'r' only after 'o', both tall and round 's' in final position, both 'u' and 'v' in initial position. Majuscule forms occur in end-line position in order to fill space. The numerous abbreviations include superscript vowels, (us), crossed tironian 'et'.


Descriptionfrom the library of M. de Paulmy, Belles Lettres, 1742 and 1509. Previously belonged to the Célestins of Paris, côte 13.
PlacePlace object (1)
DescriptionEx-libris of the Célestins (late 15th c.) (Careri et al 2001, 3).
Date?1450 to 1499
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OwnershipPerson object (2)