Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Pluteo 89 inf. 61

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date1200 to 1300
Date notesDelcorno Branca 1998, 19.
Place(s) of productionItaly
Delcorno Branca 1998, 19
First words of second recto folio[1ra] [ink faded]
First words of last recto folio[141ra] deuoient fe[...]
Incipit[The text at f. 1ra is faded, we present here the text as it has been transcribed on the leaf pasted on the recto of the front endpaper] Ne dites mie fait mesire Gauvain,que/ qe je vos toille vostre bataille, mais com= / bates vos a lui por tes convent que vos / ne responderois de son forfait.
Explicit[f. 141vb] [...]tees totes les auentures quil me / na afín íusque ceste hore ensi / com eles furent  escrites en lostel / li roi art[...] de ses faiz / lo nos tesmoingne  


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:A hole on the top margin of the a column of the recto affects the first 19 ff.. In the rest of the MS there are stains caused by humidity and holes made by woodworm. This vellum, with occasional holes outside the writing space. Some of the major material lacunae in the vellum were restored by pastedowns (e.g. ff. 2-4, 84, etc.). The few decorated letters are faded. The ink used for the text is also faded and in many pages almost totally disappeared (a contemporary hand wrote over the text in black ink at ff. 8ra, 110va, 132va and elsewhere). The ink used for the rubrics and the running titles is perfectly preserved.


Quire structure:quaternions (at least the last three gatherings).
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (18)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General description:na
No. of illustrations:1
General illustration:Historiated initial: f. 1v (6 ll.), on a blue background with a portrait of a man with dark skin. Blank spaces left for other historiated initials at ff. 3va, 5va, 8ra etc.
General decoration:Big initials (6 ll.), red and blue, with blue and red penworks at ff. 78ra, 80vb, 86ra, etc.. Smaller initials, red and blue (2-4 ll. high), external to the writing space, occasionally with penworks from f. 73ra and regularly with penworks from f. 80vb. Chapter initials inside the paragraph highlighted in red from f. 78ra and more densely from f. 88ra. Proper names are also highlighted, but not systematically.
Evidence of readership:A contemporary hand wrote over the text in black ink e.g. at ff. 8ra, 110va, 132va. Crosses in the margins at ff. 9vb, 13rb, 75va, etc. At f. 60v, above the a column, a shield was drawn in plummet (partly cut by the trimming).
Foliations description:Modern foliation in plummet (bottom right corner of the recto); a second foliation in plummet (on the top right margin of the recto) stops at f. 70r. An older foliation in pencil is only visible in the top right corner of the recto of f. 139 (the same hand who wrote on the leaf pasted on the front endpaper?).

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled51v
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions317x215 (mm)
Justification235x148 (mm)
14mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationTitles on the top margin (3 ll. space provided by the ruling), often on more than one line. At f. 131r, the title fills all the 3 ll., and then continues in the right margin for another 4 ll. Red ink is sometimes used to transcribe specific parts of the text as the transitional formula at the end of a chapter (sometimes in the chapter, e.g. f. 99rb, 104rb): f. 18ra 'Si retorna li (con)tes ap(ar)ler .de . cla(udas)'. It is also employed for providing paratextual information, as at f. 26ra: Ici (com)manca / lanc(ellot) aauoir / no(m) li nouiax /ch(eualie)r, and for revising/integrate the text in the margins, as at f. 10ra.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 141vb
Date1200 to 1300
Scribe description:Several hands.


DescriptionAt f. 141vb, under the explicit, a 14th or 15th c. hand wrote: "Questo e i. libro delnacimento di / lancilotto elaquisto delladolo / rosa guardia elapello della / falsa ginevra vale f(iorini) 110." (cf. Delcorno Branca 1998, 19).
PlacePlace object (10)