The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 75 G 68

[Part 2]

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (44)
Approx. datec. 1275 to 1300
Date notesJung 1996, 23 situates the manuscript at the end of the 13th century. This is corroborated by the script which combines a double-compartment 'a' with closed upper lobe (even box-like) and open upper lobe with both straight and round 's' in final position and 'v' in initial position.
Place(s) of production{unspecified}
The linguistic evidence is a lot less marked than in the first part of the manuscript. A possible northern form could be 'ceuaucent' for 'chevauchent' (f. 42rb). No instances of 'ki' or 'ke'
First words of second recto folio[f. 36ra] E  n cestui ot m(ou)lt uaiselage
First words of last recto folio[f. 61ra] L  escu li fe?n?t trence larcho(n)
Incipit[f. 35ra] [....] en ot ocis a lespee / ?M(o)? lt se (con)se tint va?n?sai?n?t / (et)  troillus si fit e(n)sement / M  ainte e(n) naie lor isire(n)t / C  he sachies bie(n) m(ol)t i souf(ri)re(n)t / T  ant dura ichis (con)tens / Q  ue p(ar) force les mire(n)t ens / A  u p(ar)tir p(ar) dire(n)t asses / E  n la uille sen sont e(n)tres  
Explicit[f. 61vb] Q (ua)nt lestor fu dep(ar)tis / O  u telamon fu si leidis / S  i se restraindrent licours / A  sses dura p(or) te ?.? m ?.? noi / A  sses iot p(or) ch(eua)l(ie)rs / A  batus mors de lor destriers


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Lower quality vellum: large hole f. 38Heavily worn. f. 35 is torn at the bottom, f. 36 is torn at the side, the outer column of f. 41 has been cut off, as has about three quarters of ff. 45 and 46. Between f. 49 and f. 50 a folio has been torn out. f. 53 to f. 55 are ratty, the bottom of f. 56 has been cut, of f. 60 only the written area has survived.



18 27 32 4258

Quire structure:Between f. 24 (Part 1, foliated xl) and f. 37 (Part 2, foliated lx) six folios have been lost. Given that the final quire of Part 1 is a bifolium, these page probably belonged to this quire, of which the extant two page possibly formed the outer bifolium. That the final page does not have a quire mark suggests that in the original manuscript nothing followed. The first quire of Part 2 [f. 35 to 42] is a quaternion. Of the second quire, the final page (following 49) has been cut. Between f. 37 (quire two, foliated lx) . and f. 47 (quire two, foliated lxx) Between f. 47 (quire two, folio lxx) and f.52 (quire 4, foliated iiiixx) five folios have been lost. Thus third and probably also the fourth quire are probably defective. These are both bifolio. At the end of quire 3 f. 51 does not have a catchword. f. 53 at the end of quire four does. Given that the final quire is a full quaternion and correctly follows the catchword on f. 53v. one would expect folio number xc on a folio in the final quire. Given that this not the case one has to assume that quire four is complete. Given that f. 61v has a catchword it is quite certain that one or more quires have been lost at the end of the manuscript.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (9)

Physical description

General description:f. 56v: segment 3 is not present
General illustration:none
General decoration:The text is structured by plain initials in red ink (height: 2 lines) decorated with flourishings in brown ink. As opposed to the initials in Part 1, there is no decoration in colour, nor do the initials alternate between blue and red. Letterforms (in particular 'A') are different.
Evidence of readership:f. 42v: annotation at the top of the page: 'Celiu [...] qui le blera pe?n?drissera / a?u/n?g[...] ouv?r?er si le rende leuera b(ie)n vin' f. 41r: annotation at the top of the page: 'Exaudi deus or(atio)nem meam' f. 56r: annotation at the top of the page: 'Ecce quam bonum (et) qua jocundum (est) habitare fratres ?in?unum' f. 61v: annotation at the bottom of the folio. fa?g/y?
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the top right corner of the recto. Fifteenth-century foliation in roman numerals centered in the upper margin of the recto (only tens).

Mise en page

Description 1Seperate column for majuscule letters at the beginning of the verseline.
Page sampledf. 40 r
Page dimensions220x168 (mm)
Justification147x127 (mm)
5mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationRed ink is only used for the plain initials decorating the text.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 35ra to f. 61vb
Datec. 1275 to 1300
Scribe description:Northern textualis with double-compartment 'a'. Instances of both closed (box-like) and open upper compartment. No diacritic on 'i'. 'e' without tongue. Straight and round 's' occur in final position. 'v' is used in initial position. Abbreviations include superscript letters, com- and -us abbreviation, nasal bar also for q(ue), apostrophe, 'p' with crossed descender and crossed tironian 'et'.