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Dou viel testament et coment Diex fist toutes choses (table rubric)

General information

LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date?1275 to 1325
Date notes'spätes 13., frühes 14. Jahrhundert' (Oltrogge 1989, 312; cf. Palermi 2004, 228); 'fin du XIIIe siècle' (Langlois 1889, 277; cf. Jung 1996, 351); 'risale al XIII sec.' (Longobardi 1994, 217n).
Place(s) of productionGenoa-Pisa
'Gênes' (Jung 1996, 351).
Table of contentsThe table, on ff. 1va-5vb, is preceded by (rubricated): 'CI comence les lubriche dela bi- / ble (et) parole dou uiel testam(en)t / et coment diex fist toutes choses . //' Chapter rubrics are provided by the scribe responsible for the body text in black ink, each with a plain initial (height: 1 line, alternating red and blue), and a Roman numeral (up to ccccxiij). Guide letters and numbers (arabic) are visible.
First words of second recto folio[f. 8ra] leur uolonte enfeussent hors seule- /
First words of last recto folio[f. 146ra] en macedoíne el tens
Incipit[f. 7ra] Cest??...?? e la bible ??(et)?? / parole dou uiel testam(en)t com??e(n)t?? / dieu fist le ciel (et) ??...?? (et) ??...?? / (et) le soleil (et) la lune (et) les estoilles / (et) tot lautre fi??...??
Explicit[f. 146ra] Mes aincois q(ue) ie / delui riens uos die uos dirai ie des ou- / ures li rois phelipes son pere une par- / tie (et) de sa mere oli(n)pias fame le roi phi- / lipes (et) de quel terre elle fu nee (et) de q(ue)l / lignee . //


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good quality parchment, with holes restricted to margins (e.g. ff. 3, 29, 37). Ink and decoration has often rubbed (esp. ff. 6v-7r).




Quire structure:Regular quaternions, except for the first quire (table of rubrics) and quires 12 and 13 (both defective quaternions). Quire 12 is missing its 4th and 5th leaves; quire 13 its 3rd and 6th.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (18)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (4)

Physical description

No. of illustrations:114
General illustration:114 miniatures across one or both columns. The frontispiece on f. 6v depicts the creation of Eve. For further details, see Oltrogge 1989, 312-5.
General decoration:Historiated initials mark major divisions. Chapters begin with plain initials (height: 2 lines), alternating red and blue (occasionally with brown flourishing).
Evidence of readership:On f. 1r, two basic sketches of dogs and accounts (mostly illegible). Lower margin of f. 2r, in a 17th-c. hand: 'Est . Prosperj . Podianj . Perusinj .'
Foliations description:Modern foliation in black ink in the upper right corner of recto sides.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 32r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions283x210 (mm)
Justification209x140 (mm)
11mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (5) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (5) )
RubricationRubric at the start of each chapter, in the same hand or similar as that responsible for the body text.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom 1va to 146ra
Date?1275 to 1325
Scribe description:A mid-sized, rounded textualis with the following traits: two-compartment 'a' (open upper bow); 'd' with a short, near-horizontal shaft; figure of 8 'g'; 'i' with occasional ticks; both straight and (less often) round 's' in final position; 'u' in initial position; rounded 3-shaped 'z', scarcely descending below the baseline. Tironian 'et' is uncrossed.