Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, 3325

Guiron le Vieux / Roman de la Table Ronde (title on f. IXr)

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General information

10 frontend papers
8 backend papers
Folio notes:The numbering indicates only 237 ff., but: 1) there is a f. 97bis f. between ff. 97 and 98; 2) f. 61 is misplaced, it should be read after f. 8 (a later hand added on the top margin "6c lxx b"). Front endpapers are five in paper and five in vellum. Folio v is a palimpsest, the scriptio inferior is no longer legible. At f. v r, near the right margin, a XVIII century hand wrote: "237 feuillets plus ff. 97 bis / 21 miniatures / mai 1884." In the v. of the same folio, the same hand and two other hands added some comments on the contents of the MS and its history. The third hand seems to be older, and wrote: "Le duc de Nemours, est Jacques d' Armagnac, que doucs XI fut decapite à Paris le 4 aout 1477". At f. ix r, a later end wrote: "Giron le Vieux / Chevalier de la Table Ronde / Tom. I. / et/ Tom. II." The same hand wrote at the recto of f. 97bis "Giron le Vieux / Chevalier de la Table Ronde / Tom. IIe". The recto of f. x has been decorated with a coloured frame that runs parallel to the borders (XV century, see below, Decoration), probably added when the MS entered in the collection of Jacques d'Armagnac (see below, History). All other front endpapers as well as back endpapers (three in vellum and five in paper) are left blank. A sticker on one of the endpapers records the date of a restauration, 16 May 1950.
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date?1270 to 1290
Date notesThird quarter of the 13th c. [Robert Marichal, cf. Lathuillère 1966: 36], Lagomarsini 2014, 73-75 and 174-175. Maybe slightly later, Cigni 2009.
Place(s) of productionNorthern Italy
Attributed to Northern Italy on the basis of the language (Lagomarsini 2012: 290-6 and 2014, 174-175; Bubenicek 1985: t. V, 22-64), to Bologna on the basis of the hand (Brunetti 2003: 141), and to Genoa on the basis of the decorated initials (Cigni 2009, who found similar initials in MS Paris, BnF, lat. 10136, a witness of Caffaro's Annales Januenses).
First words of second recto folioQvant il ot les nouueles
First words of last recto folioelz uelt acelui
Incipit[f.1ra] DE grant ualor d(e) gr ant puis sance de gr ant enu oise ure plai(n)s de grant deduit.degrant soulaz. fu li rois. artus sainz doutance sor touz les rois. sor touz les princes qiasontens reignierent elmo(n) de. Mout sout. Mout pout. e molt
Explicit[f. 237v the ink is faded, it is almost impossible to read it. The last lisible part is at f. 236rb]: aste il decheuauchier. E tant se haste en tel maniere queil lataint. Quant baude magus degorre. ot apres lui ve[...] then only a few words are lisible.


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Though the vellum is rather thin and fragile, the conditions of the MS are generally good. The ink is generally faded: in particular, f. 1r and 237v are difficult and sometimes impossible to read. A later hand went over the text at ff. 72r and v, 116v, 210v. From what we read on f. ixr and on the r. of 97bis, it is likely that this copy was composed in two volumes or two groups of quires that were only at a later stage bound together.



no quire marks and no catchword visible.

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Physical description

No. of illustrations:30
General illustration:Illustrated initials, listed in Lathuillère 1966, 36.
General decoration:
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:Modern foliation on the top right corner of the recto, an ancient foliation (perhaps the original one, cut off by a restauration of the MS) is sometimes visible in a more external position. The modern foliation indicates a f. 97 bis, probably a later addition (see above Condition).

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled58r
Page dimensions335 x 240 (mm)
Justification256 x 168 (mm)
19mm 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:None
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 237vb
Date1250 to 1275
Scribe description:Bubenicek 1985, t. v, chap. iv ( with the collaboration of Monique C. Garand) gives an account of the hand and the script based on comparison with some items collected in the catalogue Samaran - Marichal 1959- 1984, part. MS Oxford, Bodleian Library, Can. Misc. 63. See also Lagomarsini 2012, 287 and 2014, 73-75.


Descriptionf. 236v, under the writing space: "Ce livre de Guiron le vielh est au duc de Nemours, conte de la Marche. Pour Carlat. Jacques"
Date1462 to 1477
PlacePlace object (139)
OwnershipPerson object (13)