The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 131 D 1 (fol. 5)

[Part 1]

General information

LanguageLanguage object (44)
Approx. datec. 1350
Date notesBased on script. This is a semitextualis which has all the characteristics of the textualis except for the single-compartment 'a' which it shares with the cursiva. In this particular hand it is combined with some instances of double-compartment 'a', with a closed upper lobe. Only round 's' in final position.
Place(s) of productionNorthern France
Although semitextualis was extremely popular in Italy, the fact that this hand does not share other features with Italian rotunda makes it rather improbable that this is an Italian manuscript. Linguistic properties suggest a Northern (Picard) provenance ('iou', 'cose').
First words of second recto folio[fragment of 1 folio]
First words of last recto folio[f. 1ra] M  ais ia dius ne me laist de mes membres io / S  e iou puis le duc prendre
Incipit[f. 1ra] M  ais ia dius ne me laist de mes membres io[...] / S  e iou puis le duc prendre ne a mes mains ten[...] / S  e nel fat pendre en haut ou en espoi rostir / O  r ferai la cite emtoussens si ordir / Q(ue)  par mer ne par t(ier)re nen pora nuls issir
Explicit[f. 1vb] Q (ua)nt il orent la uille alex(andre) rendue / L  i roys le fist garnir et autres gardes mue / Q  ui sont preu et cortois et boine gent cremue / p  sens sera gardee li uille et b(ien) cremue / A  u quint ior alex(andre) de son siege remue / T  out droitem(en)t a gadres cela uoie tenue 


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good quality vellum, damaged in the upper margin, causing some loss of text.




Quire structure:One folio
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General description:Starts at II,80 l. 9 to II,91 l. 4 (but adds two lines between l. 2 and 3.
General illustration:none
General decoration:Each laisse starts with a pen-decorated initial (height: 2 lines) alternatingly blue and red with flourishings in the contrasting colour.
Evidence of readership:none. reference to the Michelant edition (p. 215) in a modern hand.
Foliations description:Modern foliation referring to the position of the fragment in the collection (5) in pencil in arabic numerals added in the top right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1Seperate column for the majuscule letters at the beginning of the verseline.
Page sampledf. 1r
Page dimensions327x227 (mm)
Justification267x200 (mm)
10mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationOnly used for decorated initials.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 1vb
Datec. 1350
Scribe description:Semitextualis with single compartment a, some occurrence of double-compartment ‘a’ in final position. Only round ‘s’ is used in final position. Use of ‘u’ and ‘v’ in initial position. Distinctive hairlines at the end of the tail of ‘g’, at the top of the ascender of ‘ll’, marked ‘e’ with tongue, at the end of the horizontal stroke of ‘r’ and at the end of the limb of ‘h’. Abbreviations include –us abbreviation, com-abbreviation, nasal bar as general abbreviation mark also used for q(ue), superscript vowels. ‘Et’ is written in full.