Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, nouv. acq. françaises 9603

Livre de l'estoire de Troie (explicit)

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. datec. 1300
Date notes'vers la fin du XIIIe siècle' (Delisle 1899, 511); '2. Jahrzehnt des 14. Jahrhunderts (Degenhart 1980, II-2:233); 'XIIIe-XIVe siècle' (Avril & Gousst 1984, 50; cf. Jung 1996, 496).
Place(s) of production
'Gênes', on the basis of illustration and decoration (Avril & Gousset 1984, 50; cf. Jung 1996, 496). Degenhart considered it a Neapolitan production (1980, II-2:233).
First words of second recto folio
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f. 1ra] Cestui livre paroule dou siege et de la destrucion de Troie (Jung 1996, 497)
Explicit[f. 150rb] Car nos vos avons mult bien dit et retrait ce qe Ditis et Daire nos raconte. Ci finist li livre de l'estoire de Troie qe vos raconte tot apertement ce qe Daire et Ditis nos en raconte (Jung 1996, 497)

Related MS

Illustrations in naf 9603 'extrêmement proches de celles des MSS fr. 354 et 1463 d'origine très probablement génoise' (Avril & Gousset 1984, 50).
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Material:Material object (4)


Quire structure:Quires 6 and 7 have been inverted (Avril & Gousset 1984, 50).
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:

Physical description

No. of illustrations:42
General illustration:Between ff. 12v and 141r, there are 42 bas-de-page ink drawings, with some use of colour. Instructions to the artist in brown ink are sometimes in French, sometimes in Italian. See Degenhart 1980, 233-7, Avril & Gousset 1984, 50, and Jung 1996, 497-8 for further details.
General decoration:Chapters are marked by large puzzle initials. Paragraphs, meanwhile, open with plain initials (height: 2 lines), alternating red and blue.
Evidence of readership:Unidentified shields at the base of f. 1v. The illustration at the base of f. 44v was added later (in the 14th c.?). Pen trials on f. 129r. Name of 'iehan de Saint Oien sire de...' on f. 149v.
Foliations description:The medieval foliation runs from 1 to 148. The modern foliation, which includes the guardleaves, runs from 1 to 152.

Mise en page

Description 1Source: Jung 1996, 496.
Page sampled
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions380x260 (mm)
Justification229x155 (mm)
mm between columns
Writing above top line?False
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DescriptionMention of a 'Jean de Saint-Oyen' on f. 149v, suggesting the MS was in Savoie from the 14th c.
Date?1300 to 1399
PlacePlace object (160)