Chicago, Newberry Library, f 21 (Ry.34, 12261)

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General information

Folio notes:The verso side of f. 354 has been left blank. The observations of P. Saenger (1989, 37) may suggest that this MS consists of two MS Parts, one dated to c. 1300 (ff. 49-127), the other (ff. 1-48; 128-354) slightly earlier.
LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1250
Date notesDate suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Arthurian Fiction has 1240 to 1260. Jonas suggests c. 1300. Saenger 1989, 37 dates the MS to c. 1300, the segments ff. 1-48 and 128-354 possibly somewhat earlier.
Place(s) of productionParis
Place suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Saenger 1989, 37 refers to 'miniatures in the style of Paris'.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] nit premierement de poincon (Saenger 1989, 37)
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f. 1ra] En la marche de Gaule et de la petite Bretengne avoit .ii. rois anciennement qui avoient ii sereurs germeines (Saenger 1989, 37)
Explicit[f. 354r] mes atant se test ore li contes de lui et retorne a parler d'Agravain son frere. (Saenger 1989, 37)


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:The image on f. 1r is severely damaged.


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Physical description

No. of illustrations:3
General illustration:Three illustrations in the style of Paris (height: 11 lines). The image on f. 1r has been severely damaged. It shows king Ban and Bohort, together with their wives. The images on f. 200 and 292 portray Galahad and a companion on horseback and Meleagant's sister in a boat, approaching Lancelot, watching from a tower (Saenger 1989, 37).
General decoration:Pen-flourished initials throughout. Those on ff. 49-127 frequently have penned representations of human faces and foliage (Saenger 1989, 37).
Evidence of readership:On f. 1r. 'A mademoiselle Anne de Graville de la succession de feu monseigneur l'amiral Vc XVIII'. In an early modern hand 'Chronique de Bretagne'. In a modern hand '27'. On f. 354, an ex-libris, probably medieval, erased.
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Description 1Layout for ff. 1-48; 128-354
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LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions280x200 (mm)
Justification225x150 (mm)
mm between columns
Writing above top line?False
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Description 2Differences in layout suggest that ff. 49-126 were written to fill in for folios lost from a preexisting MS. Folio 127 irregularly ruled. Prickings visible on inner margins of ff. 49-127 only. (Saenger 1989, 37)
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LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions280x200 (mm)
Justification211x148 (mm)
mm between columns
RubricationGuides to rubricator in this portion only.
Writing above top line?False
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Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 354rb
Datec. 1250 to 1300
Scribe description:Written by two scribes. Saenger 1989, 37 notes that the first hand occurs in ff. 1-48, 128-354, which he characterizes as an early gothic textualis media. The second hand has copied ff. 49-127, and according to Saenger is later and more angular. This strengthens the impression that this second part was added at a later date.


DescriptionThe note on f. 1r suggests that the MS passed into the possession of Anne de Graville after the death of her father, Louis Malet, admiral of France under Charles VIII and Louis XII.
Date?1438 to 1516
PlacePlace object (9)
OwnershipPerson object (123)
DescriptionAfter 1516, owned by Anne de Graville.
Date?1516 to 1540
PlacePlace object (9)
OwnershipPerson object (107)
DescriptionPassed on to Anne de Graville's son-in-law Claude d'Urfé, .
Date?1540 to 1558
PlacePlace object (9)
OwnershipPerson object (107)