Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vaticano Latino 14740

[Mort Artu fragments]

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General information

Folio notes:Single bifolium damaged through use in binding.
LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. date?1300 to 1399
Date notes'XIVe siècle' (Delcorno Branca 2010, 169n).
Place(s) of productionNorthern Italy
'Le fragment de la Mort Artu provient [...] du Piémont' (Delcorno Branca 2010, 170n).
First words of second recto folio
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f. 59ra] de quil il estoit . Et lancelot li dit
Explicit[f. 69vb] ce est messíre lancelot du lac / lí meudres cheualíers du monde . Si / le me díst messíre gauuaín lí mes le


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Water damage has rendered sections of ff. 59r and 60v illegible.




Quire structure:A single bifolium, once perhaps containing six intervening leaves. The lack of a catchword would suggest that it was not the external bifolium of the gathering.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (18)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (12)

Physical description

General illustration:
General decoration:One illuminated initial (height: 5 lines) on f. 60vb: a red letter within a blue frame against a gold ground, with white filigree, vine infill, and tendrils extending into the intercolumnar space. Paragraphs are marked by pen-flourished initials (height: 2 lines), alternating blue and red (with decoration in the opposing colour).
Evidence of readership:Folio 60rb: the name of 'Gaheries' has been erased and that of 'hector leur cousin' inserted in the margin.
Foliations description:Stamped 59 and 60 in the lower corner of recto sides.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 60r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions287x217 (mm)
Justification204x158 (mm)
15mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (5) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (5) )
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom 59ra to 60vb
Date?1300 to 1399
Scribe description:A small and regular textualis, whose features include: two-compartment 'a' (closed upper bow); ascenders with some serifs; 'd' with a very short, straight shaft; mostly round 's' in final position; 't' with a vertical hairline descending from the cross bar; mostly 'u' (but occasionally 'v') in initial position; tironian 'et' with bar.