Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Barberiniano Latino 3953

[Part 1]

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General information

1 frontend papers
Folio notes:The front flyleaf gives dates for Easter, the earliest for the year 1336.
LanguageLanguage object (64)
Approx. date?1275 to 1335
Date notesWhile other parts of this volume were copied and compiled between 1325 and 1335, Part 1 is likely earlier, perhaps dating to the end of the 13th c. (Delcorno Branca 1980, 214).
Place(s) of productionTreviso
No doubt compiled by Nicolò dei Rossi in or near Treviso before 1335 (Kleinhenz 2011, 82).
First words of second recto folio[p. 3a] ?? ... ?? che / ?? ... ?? mora /
First words of last recto folio[p. 25a] Amis Tristan chen tristece maues mís
Incipit[p. 1a] POstq(uam) Jason doctus fuit a medea
Explicit[p. 26a] a cuí plas maíz donar cha cel ch(e) / pren. //


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Average parchment. Pages 1-3 and 14 are particularly worn. The upper part of the inner column of pp. 3-4 is missing and has been repaired.




Quire structure:2 quaternions, of which the second wants the sixth, seventh and eighth folios.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (9)

Physical description

General illustration:
General decoration:The 'Historia Troiana' opens with a red initial (height: 5 lines) with pen-flourishing in blue. Subsequent initials are in a similar style, but chiefly 3 lines in height. The initial on p. 2a is the sole instance of a blue initial with red flourishing. Majuscules are highlighted with red ink.
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:The leaves were paginated in the 16th c. in black ink (upper outer corner).

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledp. 25
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions226x168 (mm)
Justification179x134 (mm)
8mm between columns
Column ruling present
Line ruling present
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (10)
Folio rangeFrom p. 1a to p. 26a
Date?1275 to 1335
Scribe description:A small, regular hand, which makes use of single-compartment 'a', both 'c' caudata and 3-shaped 'z', 8-shaped 'g', round 's' in final position (slightly larger than other small letters), 'u' in all positions, and 'y' without a dot. For the 'Prose Tristan' fragment the few abbreviations that are employed are limited to the end of the line. Tironian 'et' lacks a horizontal bar.