Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 677

le liure dorose translate de latin en francois [title from initial rubric]

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General information

Folio notes:Folio 157 has been left blank for no apparent reason.
LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. date?1400 to 1500
Date notesBased on the script, decoration and illustration (f. 1r). The decoration (ivy and acanthus), resembles very much that of the beginning of the century. The writing, however, appears to be later.
Place(s) of productionParis
Based on the decoration and illustration (f. 1).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] lun de ces flums appelle lescripture /
First words of last recto folio[f. 162ra] quilz demonstroient ne sauoie(n)t /
Incipit[f. 1ra] Cy commence le liure dorose trans / late de latin En francois . / Quant dieux ot fait ciel (et) terre / et les yaues doulces (et) salees / le soleil et la lune et les / estoilles Et ot ach(ac)un co(m)ma(n) / de selonc son ordre que le souleil / luist et enluminast par sa grant / clarte tout le monde . la lune (et) les estoilles rendissent clarte a la nuit / qui estoit tenebreuse et noire Il fist /
Explicit[f. 162vb] Encontre ceulx fu enuoyez carrius le / conseill(eu)r qui tant en occeist en lafin (et) / prist quil ne pot sauoir le nombre et / sy ot lonnour delavictoire a Romme sico(mm)e / fabius maximus de la bataille que Je / vous ay deuant dicte que il encontre / les samuciens auoit vaincue .


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good quality vellum, sometimes rigid, with some stitches and irregularities. Generally in good condition, on some folios the ink has faded.



1-208 212

Quire structure:The manuscript consists of regular quaternions. The final quire has two folios. Stubs indicate that two folios have been cut. These are probably the corresponding part of the bifolia, which currently are bound in the second volume.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (17)

Physical description

General description:Genesis: f. 1ra to f. 69vb Orient 1: f. 69vb to f. 74vb Thebes f. 75ra to f. 96ra Greeks and Amazons: f. 96ra to f. 99vb Troy: f. 99vb to f. 121ra Eneas: f. 121ra to f. 142ra Rome I: f. 142ra to 162vb
No. of illustrations:1
General illustration:The manuscript opens with a frontispiece consisting of a single column miniature (height: 19 lines) representing the creation of Eve from Adam's rib. God, depicted on the left, wearing a long red robe and blue mantle, holding a golden orb, creates Eve from the flesh of a sleeping adam. In the background, a mountainous forest landscape, all kinds of creatures (including a dragon and a unicorn) roam to the garden of Eden, lit by sun, moon and stars. The text begins with a rubricated titulus, followed by an initial (scarlet, with white flourishings on a field of goldleaf, height: 4 lines) the eye of which is decorated with vine. The page is framed in a fine double border with scarlet, blue and goldleaf. The margin is further decorated with acanthus, strawberries, cornflowers and ivy with goldleaf.
General decoration:The text is structured by means of rubricated tituli and plain initials (height: 2 lines), alternatingly blue and red. Further subdivisions are indicated by similar initials. Major parts of the text (e.g. Thebes, f. 75ra), sometimes start on a new folio.
Evidence of readership:none
Foliations description:Contemporary foliation in roman numeral, rubricated, in the upper right corner of the recto ('premier' to 'viij(xx) iie). Modern foliation in arabic numerals in black ink in the upper right corner ('1' to '162')

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 3r
Page dimensions330x283 (mm)
Justification232x195 (mm)
18mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
RubricationRed ink is used for rubricated tituli, plain initials and for strikethroughs in the text.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (9)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 162v
Date?1400 to 1500
Scribe description:Cursiva libraria with many decorative hairlines, especially at descenders. Looped 'd' , sloping straight 's' and 'f', multiple form s of the letter 'g', among which one with the tail curving to the right and one with a looped tail traced in hairline. 'i' longa is used in inital position and after 'i'. 't' with long shaft, looped form of 'v'