Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 790

[MS Part 1]

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1350
Date notesMeyer 1882, 301 estimates that this MS Part dates from around the mid-14th century.
Place(s) of production{unspecified}
Table of contentsSee also 'front endpapers' in the main manuscript description. Table of contents found on front end papers (iv verso and v recto). Appears to have been added by Cangé. There are 32 main entries. The 'Veus du Poon' is clearly distinguished from the main romance. The table also features annotations featuring additions and corrections.
First words of second recto foliof. 2ra - Olympias ot non.
First words of last recto foliof. 191va Various later additions. The last line of the main text reads: 'Or sen uont tous ensenble el regne (desartyve?)
Incipitf. 2ra - 'Ci comence lestoire dalixandre dallier / Cysont toutes les bataillez q(u)'il fist (et) / Les ueuz du po?a?n (et) les achieuemens'
Explicitf. 191va - Original explicit: 'Explicit le Roumanz dalixandre'. Cangéadds 'Explicit la Venjance d'Alix(andre)' above this, and in the bottom left-hand corner 'Cy finist le liure Alixandre / Lequel fit maint Royaulme rendre / Par sa valeur et sa Puissance / Et du monde eut obei(ss)ance / Par trois jours com(m)e puis comprendre'


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Ff. 178-191 have been folded in half vertically and the crease is visible. All of the original f. 187 is missing except for a small section of the top of the ra and the vb. The original f. 190 is also missing. Cangé has replaced both folios with transcriptions of the relevant sections. The bottom outside corner of f. 162 is also missing.


Collation:?? Unable to establish from digitisation.
Quire structure:?? Unable to establish from digitisation.
Quire marks:
Catchwords:None in folios sampled (until f. 24v)
Catchword disposition:

Physical description

No. of illustrations:34
General illustration:Single-column-width, not necessarily at the top of a column.
General decoration:Decorated initials begin each stanza. More extensively decorated initials follow the illustrations.
Evidence of readership:Many annotations by Cangé.
Foliations description:Arabic numerals in top-right hand corner (one set).

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled73r
LayoutMSLayout object (4)
Page dimensions200 x 230 (Meyer 1882, 301) (mm)
Justification110 x 150 (mm)
mm between columns
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 191va
Scribe description:


DescriptionMeyer 1882, 301: 'Au XVe siècle le même ms [part] appartint à de grands personnages, ce qui résulte des mentions suivantes écrites au fol. 191 vo: "Ce rommans est de tres hault et tres puissant prince le roy de Hongrye, de Jherusalem et de Sicille, conte de la marche et de Castres etc."'
Date1401 to 1500
PlacePlace object (1)
DescriptionBought by Jean-Baptiste Châtre de Cangé (v. 1680-1746) in 1724 for 70 livres from the library at Anet (see Meyer 1882, 301).
PlacePlace object (1)
OwnershipPerson object (47)