Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 24400

Roman de Tristan (supplied title)

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General information

Folio notes:Wanting some 145ff. from the beginning.
LanguageLanguage object (46)
Approx. date?1450 to 1499
Date notesOn the basis of the watermark, 'utilisé par des presses de Metz dans la seconde moitié du XVe siècle' (Trachsler 1997, 163). 'XVIe siècle' (Vinaver 1925, 45).
Place(s) of productionBurgundy or Lorraine
On the basis of the watermark (see above), 'localisation corroborée également par la scripta, fortement lorraine' (Trachsler 1997, 163).
First words of second recto folio
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f. 2ra] Qui [e(n) tel] maníere est p(er)due elle est bie(n) p(er)due q(ua)nt / nulz nelauoit fors no(us) .íj.
Explicit[f. 248vb] il fal auoír <la> / <?ure> le líure ou la mort dou roi <est esc> / art(us) (est) escrit a la trouerez v(ous) tos ce q(ue) / ie v(ous) ait si de vizeít //


Material:Material object (1)
Watermark:Trachsler 1997, 163




Quire structure:21 regular quaternions, followed by eight regular quinions.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (9)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (4)

Physical description

General illustration:
General decoration:Chapters and paragraphs are marked by plain red initials (height: 6 and 2 lines respectively), the one on f. 85ra inhabited by a face. Stanzas of the lais open with smaller initials (height: 1 line), e.g. f. 64v. Line fillers in red ink.
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:Two medieval foliation systems in roman numerals visible in the upper and lower margins of recto sides (though often trimmed). One runs i - iiC xlv; the other cxlvi - iiiC iiiiXX xiii. Modern foliation in the upper corner of recto sides (with doubling of f. 241).

Mise en page

Description 1Dimensions from BnF catalogue.
Page sampled
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions265x205 (mm)
Justification (mm)
mm between columns
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (5)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 2ra to 248rb
Date?1450 to 1499
Scribe description:An angular book hand, heavily abbreviated. Features include: two-compartment 'a' (open upper bow); 'd' with a long shaft; ascenders with pronounced spurs; both tall and round 's' in final position; 'v' in initial position (and sometimes medial); crossed tironian 'et'.

Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (7)
Folio rangeFrom 243ra to 244vb
Scribe description: