Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, nouv. acq. françaises 6579

Li roumans du bon chevalier Tristan (supplied title)

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (44)
Approx. date?1275 to 1325
Date notes'fin du XIIIe siècle' (Delcourt 2009, 179); 'sec. XIIIex-XIVin' (Cigni 2012, 259).
Place(s) of productionNorthern France
'Nord de la France' (Delcourt 2009, 179); 'Francia del nord (tratti piccardi)' (Cigni 2012, 259).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] ne b(ie)n fait ioseph
First words of last recto folio[f. 230ra] ment m(ou)lt vos doit len tenir por / fox
Incipit[f. 1ra] Apres ce ke iai leu et re- / leu et porueu p(ar) main / tes fois le g(ra)nt liure / en latin : Chelui meisme ki deuise / ap(er)tement lestoire dou saint graal : / Mout me merueil ke aucuns preu / dons ne vient auant por transla / ter dou latín en romans :
Explicit[f. 230rb] Palamedes ce dist / kehedins . vos deues b(ie)n croire el maís / tre kí ale science esprouee . Car chil /


Material:Material object (4)



1-288? 296

Quire structure:Regular quaternions, except for the final quire (a quaternion that has lost its final two leaves?)?
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (78)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (4)

Physical description

No. of illustrations:45
General illustration:45 miniatures (height: 6 to 11 lines), with bar borders and gold grounds. According to Patrick De Winter, the artist may have been a collaborator of the 'Maître du Graal', one of the painters of BnF, fr. 95 (Delcourt 2009, 179).
General decoration:Gold champie initials (height: 2 lines) with grounds in blue and pink, and white filigree.
Evidence of readership:On f. 230v, in a 15th-c. hand: 'Ce liure est a mons(eigneur) jaques / Seign(eu)r de lor'.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in black ink in the centre of the upper margin of recto sides.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 15r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions285x225 (mm)
Justification (mm)
mm between columns
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 230rb
Date?1275 to 1325
Scribe description:A very neat book hand with the following traits: two-compartment 'a' (closed upper bow); 'g' with angular lower lobe; round 's' in final position (though some straight); 'v' in initial position (but initial 'u' also present); dotted 'y'. A date in the early 14th c. cannot be excluded.


DescriptionOwned by Jacques de Lor, governor of Rethel c. 1430 (ex-libris f. 230v).
Datec. 1430
PlacePlace object (1)
OwnershipPerson object (94)