London, British Library, Additional 25884

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General information

1 backend papers
Folio notes:Modern folio numbers, in arabic numerals.
LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. date?1380 to 1400
Date notesJung 1996, 342.
Place(s) of productionParis
Oltrogge 1989, 269; June 1996, 342.
First words of second recto folio
First words of last recto folio

Related MS

These MSS have the mixed version of the Troy section of the Histoire ancienne.
RelationshipType object (12)Manuscript object (53)
Manuscript object (282)
Manuscript object (285)


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good condition throughout.



12345-1111-139 1415-181920-424344-454647-51

Quire structure:Although quaternions predominate, the quire structure of this MS is irregular. Description taken from Oltrogge (1989, 269), but easily verifiable from the catchwords.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (18)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (14)

Physical description

No. of illustrations:21
General illustration:After a half-page, double-column opening illustration showing the Creation, there are 20 miniatures interspersed throughout the MS. For details see Oltrogge 1989, 270-1. The illustrations are rather rudimentary.
General decoration:The opening page has a simple floral border. Thereafter paragraphs begin with decorated initials (height: 2 lines) alternating red and green, with gold lettering. After illustrations, which are often at the beginning of sections, there are larger decorated initials (height: 5-6 lines), some of which extend into partial borders.
Evidence of readership:There are very occasional marginal annotations or corrections (in French) and notas.
Foliations description:

Mise en page

Description 1This MS has a particularly generous lower margin. The ruling is only faintly visible, and on a very few pages.
Page sampled36r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions368-280 (mm)
Justification236x185 (mm)
20mm between columns
Line ruling present in Colours object (6) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationChapters are rubricated throughout.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (3)
ScriptScript object (12)
Folio rangeFrom 1 to 385
Date?1380 to 1400
Scribe description:A clear cursive script with the tails of 'f' and straight 's' extending below the base line. Almost no abbreviations. Frequent use of 'y'.