London, British Library, Additional 40166

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General information

Folio notes:Fragment of one folio.
LanguageLanguage object (47)
Approx. date?1350 to 1450
Date notesThe Catalogue of Archives and Manuscripts has '14th c.'. The hand, a fully developed littera cursiva may point towards the later 14th c. or early 15th.
Place(s) of production
First words of second recto foliona
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f. 1ra] Oes cu(m) les [...]gnies / M(ou)lt les haoit de gra(n)t haine / Sor les roches della marine / Afeis gran feu alumer / De loin les voies de lamer / La prendro(n)t port la coront / Della torme(n)te ou il sont / Diex cu(m) gra(n)t mal lor apareille / Fist nus unqe si gra(n)t merueille / Tant su(n)t gra(n)t li peril / Trop veut venger la mort son fil / Q[.] vos iroie p(ar)longa(n)t / Quant greu vere(n)t li f[...]rda(n)t / Cuire(n)t la gent aient pitie / Qe [...] / D[...] torme(n)t [...]es / Les au[...] iors chacies / [...]dores q[.] la mort / Tot droit a feu coro(n)t au port / La nuit fu [.]oire cu(m) il duit / Car [...] venta e pluit / Eboeans li leu auoit nom / La corire(n)t por [.] arison / [gap of 17 lines] / Tot les pe[...] / Les p(ri)meres [...] / Eles au[...] / Por les [...] cris qil oire(n)t / Plus tost [...] pore(n)t resortire(n)t / Ella clari?s? del ior reui(n)t / [...] gran bien lor [...] / Fue(n)t la terre elles mo(n)teines / Asse ore(n)t trauaus epeines / Li feu arde(n)t (com)pare ont / Mes ia ta(n)t ne g[...]ont / Ans iro(n)t de pis [...] sordeis /


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Badly damaged. The recto side is still fairly legible. The fragment was torn in the middle. In each column 11 to 17 verse-lines are missing, exactly where the damage occurs. These gaps have been obscured by restoration, which has placed both halves together, not paying attention to the gap. Additional holes occur in the b-column of the recto (a-column of the verso). On the verso side, the writing has faded to the point that most of the text has become illegible.




Quire structure:Fragment of one folio.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General description:Presented to the British Museum by Robert Steele, Esq. , 8 Aug. 1921.
General illustration:None
General decoration:Part of a decorated initial 'P' (with guide-letter) still visible in the a-column of the recto.
Evidence of readership:Note on the verso-side of the fragment.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper corner of the recto indicates the position of the fragment in the collection.

Mise en page

Description 1The fragment is badly damaged, and a portion of the middle of the folio is missing (height: approximately 50mm). Of the original 64 lines per column, 12 (column rb) to 17 (column ra, due to a larger hole) lines have been lost. The b-column of the recto which after restoration has been presented as a continuous column has 52 lines.
Page sampledf. 1ra
LayoutMSLayout object (4)
Page dimensions270(orig.320)x190 (mm)
Justification262(orig. 312)x150 (mm)
50mm between columns
Lines51(orig. 64)
RubricationRed ink is only used for the decorated initial.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (9)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 1vb
Date?1350 to 1450
Scribe description:Littera cursiva, libraria to currens level of execution. With one-compartment 'a', looped ascenders and straight 's' and 'f' descending below the baseline. Looped 'd', tail of 'g' not closed, 6-like round 's' in final position, 'u' and 'v' start in a horizontal curve above the letter in initial position. Abbreviations include nasal bar, 'p' with crossed descender and superscript vowels ('i').