Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 343

Lancelot du lac (supplied title)

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date?1380 to 1390
Date notes'vers 1380-1385' (Avril & Gousset 2005, III:65).
Place(s) of productionMilan, Pavia
'Pavie ou Milan' (Avril & Gousset 2005, III:65).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] pas . Lors dit lancelot alabaesse . Dame /
First words of last recto folio[f. 112ra] faussete que oncques
Incipit[f. 1ra] OR dit li / Contes / qe la ue / ille de la / penco / st .
Explicit[f. 112vb] car apres ne porroie nul ior si aei / se com ie fais orendroit . Certes fet ele [...] //


Material:Material object (4)




Quire structure:Fourteen regular quaternions. There are, however, lacunae between ff. 32 and 33, and ff. 104 and 105.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (9)

Physical description

No. of illustrations:122
General illustration:122 illustrations, mostly across both columns and mostly incomplete (chiefly ink outline drawings from f. 66r), the work of at least four artists. See Avril & Gousset 2005, 65-71 for full description.
General decoration:One historiated initial (height: 15 lines) on f. 1ra (outline only). Completed decorated initials (height: 8 or 11 lines) are present on ff. 9va, 13va, 16rb; a handful were sketched out; but in most cases a space has been left. Flourished initials (height: 3 lines), alternating red (decorated violet) and blue (decorated red) were executed on quires 2 and 3 only (ff. 9r-24v).
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:Modern black ink in the upper right corner of recto sides.

Mise en page

Description 1Dimensions from Avril & Gousset 2005, 65.
Page sampled
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions392x274 (mm)
Justification (mm)
mm between columns
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (10)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 112vb
Date?1350 to 1399
Scribe description:A neat and regular semitextualis, with the following traits: single-compartment 'a'; 'd' with a short, near horizontal shaft; rücken 'g'; round or trailing 's' in final position; majuscule 'S' with zigzag join of upper and lower parts; absence of 'v'; uncrossed tironian 'et'.


DescriptionMonogram of Galeazzo Maria Sforza on f. 113v.
Date?1444 to 1476
PlacePlace object (1)
OwnershipPerson object (88)
DescriptionSeized at Pavia by the French and taken to the royal library at Blois (f. 112v).
Datec. 1500
PlacePlace object (184)
OwnershipPerson object (7)
DescriptionLikely produced for Bernabò Visconti (died 1385) (Aniel et al. 2005, III:71).
Datec. 1385
PlacePlace object (1)
OwnershipPerson object (87)