Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, 3685

le liure de genesis selon la discriccion de Orose

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1450 to 1500
Date notesBased on script and decoration.
Place(s) of production
First words of second recto folio[2ra] dire par verite . N(ost)re seigneur ne me fist /
First words of last recto folio[521ra] S eigneurs Einsi co(m)me uous auez ouy fure(n)t les assiriens desco(n) /
Incipit[1ra] Cy commence le liure de genesis selon la discriccion de orose / Auquel sainct geroisme se accorde en la bible . laquelle nous tenons estre vraye selon nostre foy . / Qui le liure du tresor de sapience uieult bonnem(en)t / mectre en lanmoire de sa memoire . Et lenseigne / ment des saiges es tables de son cuer escrire . Sur toutes choses il doit fuir le faidel de confusion . /
Explicit[521va] arbates (et) soubzmise au regne des mediens . Et cy fineray Je ce / premier volume des anciennes ystoires . Et co(m)manceray le se / cond . volume co(m)me vous pouriez ca aua(n)t ouyr (et) entendre / Et cy finist


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good quality vellum, in good condition.


Quire structure:Most of the quires are quaternions. Possibly one folio missing at the beginning of the manuscript.
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (21)
Catchwords:Preceded by paragraph sign in red ink
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (9)

Physical description

No. of illustrations:3
General illustration:Three half-page illustrations. The first on f. 1r portrays Adam and Eve standing before God in the Garden of Eden. The miniature is followed by an introductory rubric and a large, gold initial (height: 4 lines) on a blue field and decorated with gold acanthus leaves. Further decoration consists of a full-page border of acanthus leaves, gold balls, grapes or berries and little wild flowers. The right border is inhabited by a hybrid satyr-like creature, but blue, with a trunk and tusks. In the lower border is the coat of arms of Bois dit du Chastel, supported by two angels. The second on f. 137v, represents scenes from the lives of Edipus and Antigone and is accompanied by a boarder with gooseberries and inhabited by satyrs. The third image, on f. 183v, portrays the siege of Troy and clearly shows the Trojan horse. It has a border of acanthus and chestnuts.
General decoration:Apart from the illustrated pages, decoration is sober. Chapters are introduced by rubricated tituli, followed by plain initials in red ink (height: 3 lines). Further subdivisions are indicated with paragraph marks in red ink. Running titles in brown ink, preceded by a red paragraph mark in the upper right corner of the recto. Litterae notabiliores (e.g. at the start of clauses) highlighted in yellow ink.
Evidence of readership:In the lower border of f. 1r, in modern script, 'Des Celestins de Paris'. On f. 107v, in the lower margin: ?de bosselane?. On f. 121r, '?.? Tous paix'. On f. 152r annotation in the lower margin: 'nous voulons le roy adrastus'. On f. 196v: drawing of Jason. On f. 137v, half-page miniature, representing scenes from the life of Edipus and On f. 350r:'comment les troyens aloyent / sercher leuramis onchampde / batailles //'. On f. 394r: 'Amour quidans …'. On 'f. 407r: Sancta anna genofuesa / Menager excud(..)'. On f. 454r: 'Thamar pulera'. On f. 493r: '[…] en […] parla grace de dieu Rochefacon'.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 9r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions335x240 (mm)
Justification222x155 (mm)
0mm between columns
RubricationTituli in red ink. As compared to the older HA manuscripts, the programme of rubrics has been simplified. Paragraphs have been brought together under one, more extensive rubric.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (7)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1r to f. 521v
Datec. 1450 to 1470
Scribe description:Cursiva bastarda with 9-shaped 'g'.


DescriptionThe coat of arms in the lower border of f. 1r is that of the Bois dit du Chastel family.
Datec. 1450 to 1470
PlacePlace object (166)
OwnershipPerson object (109)