Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson D 874

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General information

Folio notes:Some 9 folios wanting (see collation for details). Today there are 356 numbered folios, but 2 leaves were omitted by the foliator.
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date?1375 to 1426
Date notesIts listing in the Sforza-Visconti inventory of 1426 (no. 943) provides a terminus ad quem. It tends to be recorded in scholarship as a 15th-c. production (e.g. Lancelot-Graal Project). Bogdanow 1990, 123, however, suggests it was copied in the 14th c. (cf. Allaire & Psaki 2002, 19: 'c. 1375-1400'). A date towards the end of the 14th c. cannot be excluded on palaeographical grounds.
Place(s) of productionNorthern Italy
'Northern Italy' (Allaire 2002, 19).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] uint querre . qui en ceste abaíe ma / amene auoec li
First words of last recto folio[f. 355ra] menee a fin selonc les chouses
IncipitO [...] / li contes que la uoille de la penteco / ste . q(ua)nt li compagnon furent tuit /
Explicit[f. 355ra] et feníst ící son líure si outree / mant que apres ce nen porroít nus / conter quí ne mantíst de toutes chou- / ses . // . Deo . Gra(ti)as . Amen . y . //

Related MS

Copied from the same exemplar as BnF, fr. 343, according to Lloyd-Morgan 1985, 295.
RelationshipType object (12)Manuscript object (222)


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Fine quality parchment, with very occasional holes in outer margins, e.g. f. 211. There are signs of wear to ff. 1r and 356v, and creasing and folded lower corners throughout. Small, pen-flourished initials on ff. 16v and 288r have been cut out.



1-10:8, 11:8 (wants 2), 12-13:8, 14:8 (wants 8), 15-20:8, 21:8 (wants 3, 5), 22-33:8, 34:8 (wants 4), 35:8 (wants 7), 36-39:8, 40:8 (wants 2, 3, 7), 41-46:8

Quire structure:Regular quaternions for the most part. Quires 11, 14, 34 and 35 are missing one leaf each; quire 21 is missing two leaves; and quire 40 is missing three leaves.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (4)

Physical description

No. of illustrations:1
General illustration:A single historiated initial (height: 8 lines) marking the beginning of the 'Queste'. It is damaged, but seems to depict a seated figure in red within the pink letter 'O' against a gold ground. A foliate border (pinks, greens and purples) extends down the gutter and half-way across the upper margin. The lower third (at least) of each folio was left blank for illustrations that were never executed.
General decoration:Major divisions are marked by pink or green initials (height: 7 lines) on gold grounds, with foliate or occasionally geometric infill in orange, red, pink, purple, blue, or green, and white filigree. Lesser divisions are marked by pen-flourished initials, predominantly alternating blue and red, with decoration in the opposing colour. Guide letters in ink are often visible in the margin.
Evidence of readership:none
Foliations description:Every five folios is numbered in modern pencil in the upper corner of the recto side. The foliator skipped one folio between ff. 275 and 280, and between ff. 335 and 340.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 7r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions360x255 (mm)
Justification180x180 (mm)
15mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (5) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (5) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 356ra
Date?1375 to 1426
Scribe description:Two-compartment 'a' (upper bow often closed with a hairline); 'd' with near-horizontal shaft, but the half-Uncial form does occasionally occur (e.g. uppermost line of f. 1vb); trailing or round 's' in final position; majuscule 'S' has a point separating the upper and lower halves (cf. BnF, fr. 343). Tironian 'et' is used without a bar, and the 'con'/'com' abbreviation is widely employed.


DescriptionSeized from the Visconti-Sforza library at Pavia in 1499: [f. 355ra] 'pauye / au Roy Loys xije'.
PlacePlace object (128)
OwnershipPerson object (19)
DescriptionNo. 943 in the 1426 inventory of the Visconti library at Pavia (Busby 2002, II: 781).
PlacePlace object (170)
OwnershipPerson object (3)