Tours, Bibliothèque municipale, 974

liure de oroze (title in explicit)

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LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1450
Date notesBased on decoration and script.
Place(s) of productionFrance
Table of contentsTable of contents on ff. 1r to 10v. The table is preceded by an individual prologue. The table divides the text in ‘quinze liures de cest p(rese)nt uolume’, each subdivided in ‘chapitres’. Each liure is indicated by a blue initial (height: 2 lines), each chapitre with a blue initial (height: 1 line). Chapter numbers after the titulus. On ff. 8v-10v, the decoration has not been completed. Although the table of contents follows the division of the Histoire ancienne closely, it appears as though the text in this MS might have been subject to rewrite. Throughout the text chapters have been added (e.g. an additional chapter on the rise of Rome, next to the original Histoire ancienne one). A more thorough investigation of this copy may reveal additional adaptations (e.g. paragraphs on the Thessalian flood, the fable of Daedalus).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] Co(m)ment il auoit este nourris  [f. 14r] Ainsi fut destruit le Regne que Ninus /
First words of last recto folio[f. 253ra] de la cite et aristobolus se mistrent /
Incipit[f. 1ra] [E]n cestuy liure a quinze liures  / pris et extraiz en abregie / des anciennes hystoires de / puis que la tour de babel fu / premierem(en)t prise par force du roy nynus [f. 13r] (Miniature and initial cut) […] fondee ne / […] (et) trois cens / […] parti / […] querre / […] mena / […] e par / […]t par / …
Explicit[f. 253va] quil nen estoit nulle qui grant / ment scust greuable par tres / tout le monde . / Explicit le liure de Oroze deo gra(cia)as //


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Condition:Miniatures have been excised.


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Physical description

General illustration:Miniatures have been removed. The opening initial / miniature for the Table of Contents has not been completed.
General decoration:Champ initials (height: 2 lines) preceded by a rubricated titulus.
Evidence of readership:Annotation on f. 1r C. 974 Majoris monasterij Congregationis Sti Mauri 1716 – Histoire des Assyriens, des Egyptiens, des grecs etc. The table of contents as been heavily annotated in a sixteenth-century hand. The annotations in French continue up to f. 15v, which is the third folio of text. Two folios in between the table and the text have been scribbled.
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Description 1
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LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions375x265 (mm)
Justification260x192 (mm)
24mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationRubricated tituli throughout.
Writing above top line?False
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Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (7)
Folio rangeFrom 1r to 253v
Datec. 1450
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