Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 15458


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General information

LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. date?1440 to 1460
Date notesBased on the script and watermark.
Place(s) of production{unspecified}
Based on the script, it is probable the manuscript was copied in the Southern Low Countries.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2r] non gorgone et lautre ymaine aui(n)t vng foiz /
First words of last recto folio[f. 273r] Ilz eurent la vittoire lan ap(re)s /
Incipit[f. 1r] EN temps aouth / roy de juda estoit / la noble cite de thebes / de grant reno(m)mee / Mais elle fut destruitte en / celuy temps . Car sico(m)me il se / tre?uu?e il eut en thebes vng puisa(n)t / roy qui estoit appelle laius le / quel auoit fe(m)me de grant lignaige / qui estoit appelee yocaste . Qua(n)t / la royne  fut grosse le roy eut / respons de ses dieux que sa fe(m)me / auoit vng filz quilloctiroit /
Explicit[f. 273r] Ilz eurent la vittoire lan ap(re)s / le souda(n) de babilloi(n)e destruisit / tout armenie et pri(n)t a(n)tioche / et y occist ho(m)mes et fe(m)mes / et mist la (chrest)iente a effusio(n)


Material:Material object (1)
Watermark:Grapes, with simple looped stalk (61mmx41mm, distance between chainlines 36mm). This motif is particularly popular between 1440 and 1460
Condition:Generally in good condition.


Quire structure:
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (20)

Physical description

General description:This is catalogued as a manuscript of the 'Chronique dite de Baudouin d'Avesnes' (Jung 1996, 348). According to Jung 'La section Troie correspond cependant au texte de l'Histoire ancienne complété par les aventures de Pirrus et d'Ulixés'. The sections on Thebes and Greeks and Amazons also heavily rely on the Histoire (see transcription sample). f. 1ra-f.5ra: Thebes f. 5ra-8ra: Greeks and Amazons f. 8ra-41rb: Troy (augmented with adventures of Pirrus and Ulysses) After Troy follow the adventures of Francio and the first kings of France. Eneas (f. 42va - f. 56rb) . The section on Rome (f. 59ra) seems to have been compiled using multiple sources.
General illustration:none.
General decoration:The text opens with a large plain initial in red ink (f. 1r, height: 4 lines), The section on Rome (f. 59ra) also opens with a large initial (height: 5 lines). Further subdivisions are indicated by rubricated tituli followed by paragraph signs in red ink. From f. 151r also plain initials in red ink in the text (height: 2 lines). f. 67: left blank.
Evidence of readership:f. 1r: Old shelfmarks 'St Germ 88' and 'N. 144'. Pasted in ' Ex Bibliotheca MSS COISLINIANA, olim SEGUERIANA, quam illlust. HENRICUS DU CAMBOUT, Dux DE COISLIN, Par Franciae, Episcopus Metensis, &c. Monasterio S. Germani à Pratis legavit. An. M. DCC. XXXII. Many annotations, in particular referring to kings and rulers, short summaries, especially in the sections before Cesar.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in the upper right corner of the recto. 1-273).

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 3r
Page dimensions400x290 (mm)
Justification295x230 (mm)
18mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (5) (RulingMaterials object (6) )
RubricationRed ink is used for the large initial at the beginning of the manuscript, for rubricated tituli and for the paragraph signs indicating subdivisions of the text.
Writing above top line?True
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (11)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 273ra
Date?1450 to 1500
Scribe description:Burgundian Bastarda with looped and unlooped 'd', looped and unlooped 'l', additional hairlines, sloping 'f' and straight 's', open 'v', one-stroke 'x'.