Cambridge, University Library, Additional 7071

[Part 1]

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General information

Folio notes:ff. 1-268, 274-275, 277-335 are part of the original manuscript. This oldest part (Part1), was later integrated by three additions (Part2), which filled three material and textual lacunae of it.
LanguageLanguage object (47)
Approx. date?1300 to 1325
Date notesDate suggested by Arthurian Fiction Database. The Lancelot-Graal Project has c. 1300.
Place(s) of productionEngland or Northern France
France according to Bogdanow 1966, 23-4 and Middleton 2003. Vinaver 1967, III, 1280 and Roussineau 1996, xclix think about an Anglo-Norman copyist.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] plus long ne plus liez
First words of last recto folio[f. 234ra] coupes en che que


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Parchment of medium-low quality (many holes, sometimes filled as part of the preparation of the ff., and stitches already in the set). Many folios, in particular at the beginning and end (part. quire a, ff. 1-8 and quire Q, ff. 327-334), are wavy and blackened, with holes and tears. The decorated initial on f. 1r is protected by an extra piece of vellum, stitched to the binding.


Quire structure:Quaternions, with some lacunae
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (6)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (4)

Physical description

General description:
General illustration:Not illustrated.
General decoration:Chapter marked by a historiated initial: between ll. 19-21 of the column a, frame 27 x 27 mm. Division in paragraphs is usually marked inside the column by a red ¶ sign (cf. Micha 1958, 86)
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:Three numberings: 1) cartulation in plummet by a modern hand on the top right corner of the r. starting from the second quire, f. 9 and then irregularly present; 2) cartulation in brown ink (partly faded) by a 15th-c. hand on the bottom right corner, under the b column, of the r. numbering both quires (a, b, ...) and the folios (i, ii, ...); 3) cartulation in red ink on the bottom right corner of ff. 274-275, respectively numbered a ii and a iii. See also 'number of folios' in Part II.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled50r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions340x225 (mm)
Justification265x170 (mm)
20mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 335vb
Date?1300 to 1325
Scribe description:
NotesSeveral corrections and interventions in the text, in the margins and in the interline, to expunge and cross out, to correct and add. Occasionally, where the ink is faded, a later hand (16th-c.?) retraced the text. In some cases those interventions are systematic, for instance at ff. 47v-48r the last three letter of Josephés (more than 10 times). This hand also added some marginal notes, made some other interventions in the text, such as corrections, and marked some paragraph divisions absent in the copy.


Descriptionf. 158r marginal scribbles, including the names of Thomas Jaksone, Thomas Ballyns, Robertus Constabyll; f. 189r in the top margin a 16th c. hand wrote "Ci comence le livre que Sir Thomas Malori Chevalier reduce in Engloys et fuist emprente per William Caxton" (note facsimiled in Vinaver 1967, III, 1280).
Datec. 1500
PlacePlace object (124)