Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 678

le liure dorose translate de latin en francois [title from initial rubric of volume 1]

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. date?1400 to 1500
Date notesThe writing probably suggests a slightly later dating in the century. The style of the decoration of the frontispiece could point towards an earlier date.
Place(s) of productionFrance
The style of the decoration (f. 1r) might point towards Paris.
Table of contentsTable of contents (for both BnF fr. 677 and BnF fr. 678 at the back of the manuscript. The table occupies f. 164 to f. 176 in two separate quires (f. 162 to f. 177). The table, copied in two columns of 36 lines,is introduced by a rubric 'Cy commence la table des rubriches / du liure doroze par le nombre desquelles po(?ur?)ra ch(ac)un chappitre p(ro)mptem(en)t est(re) trouue' and begins with a pen-decorated puzzle initial (blue, red and goldleaf, height: 3 lines). A separate column has been preserved for the first letter of each titulus, additional lines are indented. Each titulus is followed by the folionumber (rubricated).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] qui le vit bel et plaisant et degente /
First words of last recto folio[f. 176ra] Roy mit(ri)daces son pere ccc.xxje./
Incipit[f. 1ra] Comment les galloiz vindrent sur ro(m)mai(n)s / pour ve(n)g(ier) le(ur) do(m)mage / Apres ce lan / droitement que la cite ot este fon / dee iiijclxiij ans passez daage furent / dolobena et domimus conseilliers ou / temps deceulx sassemblerent cilz dillec / et li eusyen et li brustien et li gallois de / sens [...] /
Explicit[161va] [text] [...] et a / doncques quant pompeius fu re / uenus en la cite de Romme furent / sy trestoutes les grans batailles / appaisiees sicomme entre puis / quil nen estoit nulle qui grant / ment fust greuable par trestout / le monde Amen / Cy fine lefait des rommains se / lonc orose et sensuit le fait de ju / lius Cesar [f. 176ra] [table] Comment pompeyus abati les / murs de Jh(e)r(usa)l(e)m . ccc . xxiije


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good quality vellum, sometimes rigid, with some stitches (e.g. f. 4), holes (e.g. f. 140) and imperfections (e.g. f. 12) . Generally in good condition, some tears (e.g. f. 62).



16 2-208 213 22-238

Quire structure:As its counterpart, BnF fr. 677, this manuscript mainly consists of regular quaternions. The first quire has six leaves, but was probably split up when the manuscript was divided over two codices (the stubs of corresponding parts of bifolia are still visible). The final quire of the text has three folios, a stub is still visible at the end of the quire. The table of contents has been divided over two quaternions at the end of the manuscript. The first two pages of the first quire of the ToC have been left blank.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (18)

Physical description

General description:Rome I: f. 1ra to f.1va Orient II: f. 1va to f. 25rb Alexander: f. 25rb to f. 64rb Rome II: f. 64rb to f. 161va No apparent division in ten parts.
General illustration:none
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.
Evidence of readership:In the lower margin of the first flyleaf: 'Autre ne ueul' f. 1r: old shelfmark '7127'
Foliations description:Contemporary foliation in roman numeral, rubricated, in the upper right corner of the recto ('viij(xx)iije' to '.ccc. xx iije'). The table of contents is not foliated. Modern foliation in arabic numerals in black ink in the upper right corner ('1' to '176')

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 161r
Page dimensions325x275 (mm)
Justification220x192 (mm)
24mm 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. 176ra
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'