Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, IV 852, fragment 23

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (44)
Approx. datec. 1275 to 1300
Date notesBased on the script a dating towards the end of the thirteenth century is probable.
Place(s) of productionNorthern France
Based on language and illustration.
First words of second recto folio[fragment of one folio]
First words of last recto folio[f. 1ra]
Incipit[f. 1ra] gregnor pitie que io onques / mais eusse dune damoisele damaged
Explicit[f. 1vd] damaged


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:The folio, especially the verso side, is heavily worn. The fold in the middle might suggesr it was used as cover. Alternatively, the ink of large letters in gothic script may suggest it was used as a guardleaf or pastedown. The ink has faded, corners are ratty and there are several holes in the middle of the folio.




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

Physical description

No. of illustrations:2
General illustration:Two miniatures at the verso side of the folio (height c. 10 lines). The images are heavily worn. The first image (f. 1va) represents one or several knights on horseback. The second a man in greend dress, addressing a company of women seated at a table. The miniatures are framed in simple red and blue borders. The background was presumably gilt. The characters, in fairly stiff posture, gesture with their hands. Faces are white, haird is curled and folds in the garments are suggested with strokes of black ink. Both miniatures are followed by a pen-decorated initial, but have no captions in red ink. At both occassions the miniatures precede a 'Or dist li contes' formula.
General decoration:The text is structured by means of pen-decorated initials (height:2 lines) alternatingly red and blue with flourishings in the contrasting colour.
Evidence of readership:Written across the text (between col. a and b) of the verso side in a 17th c. hand 'Rolle de [...]'
Foliations description:none

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 1r
Page dimensions410x295 (mm)
Justification303x258 (mm)
12mm between columns
RubricationRed ink is used for decorated initials and to highlight letters in the text.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 1vb
Datec. 1275 to 1300
Scribe description:Possibly the same hand as f. 3 in IV 621.14-15-32