New York, Morgan Library & Museum, M 916

Cestui liure parle de Giron et de / Galhot le brun . et de Segurans / lebrun et de tous les bons ch(eua)l(ie)rs du temps du roy . Uterpendra- / gon . encore parle de tous les bo(n)s / cheualiers qui furent ou temps / du roy artus . (rubric, f. 1ra)

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General information

2 frontend papers
1 backend papers
LanguageLanguage object (46)
Approx. date1440 to 1460
Date notescf. Morato 2010, 20; Lagomarsini 2014, 66-67 et passim ("manuscrit de surface" for the edition of the Aventures des Bruns).
Place(s) of productionEast France
Lagomarsini 2014, 66-67 and 172-173.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] doyant la ou il fut nez
First words of last recto folio[f. 154ra] [q]uant les trois roy
Incipit[f. 1ra] Cy endroit dit lecompte / et la vraye histoire le / tesmoigne Que le roy / uterpendragon tenoit / chascun an acoustumem(en)t vne / grande court en la grant plaine /
Explicit[f. 154rb] [...] Que vous en diroye / par toute la court se fait joie (et) / feste dece que ceste bataille estoit / si bien finee . Car gra(n)t doubte / auoient quil nen sourdeist mal / bien gra(n)t . / Laudetur deus


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Humidity slightly stained the bottom margin of the folios.



1-198, 204

Quire structure:10 quaternions + 1 binion.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (35)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (10)

Physical description

General illustration:spaces left blank for miniatures (11-12 ll.)
General decoration:f. 1r, decorated frontispice, the decoration runs along the bottom and the right margin, with multicoloured foliated motifs. The ruled space is framed by gilded, blue and red bars. The top half of the page was left blank for a miniature with a curved top margin. Col. a, decorated initial (4 ll. high), red with white touches on gilded ground - it is the only executed decorated initial of the whole MS. For this pattern, typical of Nothern and Eastern France in the 15th c., Lagomarsini 2014, 66-67 suggested comparisons with Van den Bergen - Patens 1989, pl. 2, 8, 13, 51. Blank spaces for decorated initials (2 or, les frequently, 3 ll., e.g. ff. 60ra, 63vb, 67va, 68rb ..., or 4 ll., e.g. f. 46va). In a few instances, the initials were drafted, more often at the beginning of the ms (e.g. 1vb, 2va, 3va ... until f. 8r, end of the first quire). In some cases, guiding letters are still visible (e.g. ff. 13v, 14r, 27v, 28r ...). Rubrics, although in some cases the ll. left for rubrics were not filled in (e.g. 53r-55r, 70v-93r...).
Evidence of readership:Drawings and sketches in plummet in the margins, e.g. f. 4r. At f. 108r, next to col. b, a contemporary hand wrote: "Co(mme) mons(ei)g(neu)r T(ri)stans seul remest en la for / perilleuse (et) trouue xxxvi ch(eua)l(ier)s / vanquist lun apres l'aut(re)."
Foliations description:Three foliations. The oldest, in pen, is occasionally visible (e.g. ff. 1r, 2r, 7r, 17r, 31r ... ). The most recent, in pencil, erroneously adds a unit (the total number of folios is 155 and not 156).

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled26v
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions292x204 (mm)
Justification201x140 (mm)
16mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (1) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (1) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
RubricationStandard rubrics, although in some cases the ll. left for rubrics were not filled (e.g. 53r-55r, 70v-93r...).
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (5)
ScriptScript object (12)
Folio rangeFrom to
Date1440 to 1460
Scribe description:


DescriptionOwnership noted on the top margin of the first flyleaf and on the bottom margin of f. 1r ("Laurentii Pyocheti Camberiani"). On the family and their library, cf. Crasta - Ragghianti 2006.
Date1500 to 1600
PlacePlace object (160)
OwnershipPerson object (40)