Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 787

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General information

Approx. datec. 1270 to 1300
Date notesHarf-Lancner 2011, 209: ' last third of the thirteenth century'.
Place(s) of production{unspecified}
First words of second recto folio[f. 1ra] t  ant cheual deuouper (et) cengles (et) petral
First words of last recto folio[f. 107ra] a  uarice (et) largesce cuerent
Incipit[not foliated on account of damage] Q ui [...] / ui [...] / p [...] / [...] / [...] / D  e ses amis garder [...] / ?D?  e ses anemis greu[...] // 
Explicit[f. 107vb] le meillor ch(eualie)r des megres (et) desgras / C  ly(nc)on donas p(er)sie (et) toscane (et) baudas / (et)  moi q(ui) laienz iere ch(eualie)rs assez bas /


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:holes: f. 11, f. 23, f. 32, f. 39, f. 48, f. 52, f. 55, f. 64, f. 77, f. 89, f. 90. f. 92, f. 102, stitches: f. 10, f. 23, f. 68, f. 94 skin: f. 7, f. 32, f. 37. f. 38, f. 93 irregularities: f. 7, f. 10, 17 damaged: f. 30



11 23-138 145 155

Quire structure:Folio 1 (with the start of laisse I, 47) probably is part of the same bifolium as the remnant of the first folio of the manuscript, which has not been foliated. The inner folios of this quire have been lost. The majority of the quires in the manuscript are quaternions. The second quire (f. 2 to f. 8) is a ternion. It does not seem that folios have been lost in this quire. Quire 14 (f. 98 to 102) is an irregular quire of five folios. This structure allows the 'Mort Alixandre' to begin in a new quire. There also appears to be a change of scribe here. The final quire is also irregular, but given the bifolium marks on folios 103 to 106, two folios have been lost at the end of this quire. The manuscript ends in the middle of laisse 4.44.
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General illustration:none
General decoration:The manuscript started with a puzzle-initial (height: 6 lines) on a field of blue penwork. A large initial (height: 4 lines) in red with minimal decoration (red fretwork in the eye) in the same colour occurs on f. 48v ('Ce fu el mois demai .i. poi deua(n)t lissue'). Another large initial (height: 6 lines) without decoration on f. 103 (A lessue de mai tout droit en ce termine) marks the beginning of the 'Mort Alixandre'. A new quire starts here. Part of the a-column and the b-column of the verso of the final folio of the previous quire, which is irregular, has been left blank. Each laisse starts with a plain initial in red ink (height: 2 lines). Guide letters in the margin.
Evidence of readership:flyleaf 4r: 'Cest le romant dou bon Roy alixandre de moit a cha?bb?.' 'Champaing?ie?' ex-libris 'Couro(n)ne' (with heart) 'Sante Donat' 'Souffie toy' 'Souffi toy' 'Souffise toy' 'Souffise toy', drawings, ' KArolus dei tyra(n) Francorum rex [...] sit presentes / Tra(n)s inspecturis mos johannes de ?bosac? et s[....] Ep't [...] etc. flyleaf 4v: 15th c annotation ' au lxvi fellet est le bast[...] de voirs lxxiii gos et [...] magot (et) le puis ?danfer? / au lxxviii [...]villa (et le verifer [...] ?..? ?griffes? / CVI f?ain?cie le palays podas / lxii feuilles' '1438 / 2?7/9? st' 17th-18th c.?, crossed out, 'li x librii [...] dono de d(omi)ni de prince' f. 1r: annotation in the right margin 'Je [...]' f. 17v: annotation in outer margin: illegible f. 39r: annotation in the upper margin, cursive script, 'Johannes L?e/a?uite' f. 58r: annotation in the upper margin ..t Sainte ?donat? f. 60v: annotation in the upper margin '[...] sofiche [...]' f. 64v: annotation in the upper margin (too faded to read) f. 102va: annotation 'babillone' This refers to the line ' Q uen babil(one) vi(n)rent li traitor pullant'. (laisse: 'Endui ont porchacie dou veni(m) dun s(er)pant). f. 105va: annotation in the bottom margin (15th c) 'Et li roys allixandre' flyleaf 1r: ?Auyly? flyleaf 2r: 16th c. note? flyleaf 2v: 'Guille(me) le queulx chanoy(n)e de Saint Joh.' (15th c. transcription of older annotation); 'Guille(me) nem'); Il a secons ?m?u [...] / Troiee lan de v?ind?sis p?...?es stubs of two parchment flyleaves at the back.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto (starts 1, the remnant of the first page which has been torn is not foliated). Faded foliation in Roman numerals, also in the upper right corner of the recto (starts at VIII, suggesting that seven folios were lost). The quire marks on each folio in the lower corner (start aviii) confirm this suggestion. Additional foliation in Roman numerals in the outer margin of the verso. This foliation concurs with the medieval foliation on the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1Seperate column for the majuscule letters at the beginning of each verseline. Additional column, allowing for the same ruling pattern on the recto and verso used for the positioning of the initials.
Page sampledf. 13ra
Page dimensions280x215 (mm)
Justification215x175 (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 initials.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 102va
Datec. 1270 to 1300
Scribe description:Northern textualis with double-compartment a with open upper lobe. Use of straight 's' in final position. Use of 'v' in initial position. Abbreviations include nasal bar, as general abbreviation mark, also for q(ue), 'p' with crossed descender, s-like apostrophe, com- and -us abbreviation, superscript vowels and crossed tironian note.
NotesAs from f. 90 round 's' appears in final position. This may be connected to a change of scribe.

Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 103ra to f. 107vb
Datec. 1275 to 1300
Scribe description:This scribe tends to close the upper lobe of a. He uses straight 's' and round 's' in final position.