Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, 3347

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1250
Date notesDate suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Micha 1960, 180 has 13th c., and so has Jonas. Arthurian Fiction suggests 1240 to 1260.
Place(s) of productionParis
Place suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project, followed by Arthurian Fiction. See also: Saenger 1989, 37 on the Newberry MS.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] qant cil a prouche sibessee le glaue . (et) met /
First words of last recto folio[f.  349ra] leholt li sires des lontei(n)gnes illes fu mis . /
Incipit [f. 1ra] OR dit li contes que qant agrauains li / orgueilleus se fu partiz deses (com)paigno(n)s / si com uos auez oi . quil cheuaucha .ii. iorz / entiers (et) plus . sanz auenture trouuer q(ue) /
Explicit[f. 349va] Si se test ore atant mestres Gautiers / map de lestoire de lancelot . Car bien a / tout mene afin selonc les choses qui en / auindrent . Et fenist ci sonliure . si ou / treement . que apres ce nen porroit nus / riens conter qui nen mentist detoutes / choses : AMEN . // E.x.p.l.i.C.iT. Ci fenist lamort le roi artus Iste liber constat  [grated owner’s mark]


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good to medium quality, some holes and stitches also in the writing space (e.g. ff. 29, 164, 194). Folio 193, poor quality, restored at the side. Some wear and tear on the first and final folios. Smudges on ff. 155, 156, 347, 348 and 349.


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Catchwords:Catchwords in the lower margin of the writing space under col. b (e.g. ff. 15, 317)
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Physical description

No. of illustrations:3
General illustration:The text opens with a single-column miniature (f. 1r, height: 12 lines) in a frame of blue and red bars, which have been traced in black ink, gilt quadrangles in the corners. The scene portrays a knight standing in front of an open tent, two lovers inside, startled by his arrival. The ‘Queste’ and ‘Mort Artu’ start with similar miniatures (f. 214r and f. 294r). The image at the beginning of the ‘Queste’ portrays a female messenger arriving at Arthur’s court during the feast of Pentecost. The scene is painted on a blue background. The background of the ‘Mort Artu’ image is decorated with white flourishings At the left is King Arthur, seated, in front of him, one of his scribes, recording the adventures of a knight of the Round table. Alternatively, the image may portray Henry II and Walter Map.
General decoration:Major sections of the narrative are marked by pend-decorated puzzle initials in blue and red (height: 5-8 lines). Further subdivisions by pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines), alternatingly blue and red with flourishings in the contrasting colour.
Evidence of readership:Annotation in the lower margin of f. 49v 'p?.?ot habenramis'. Annotation on the final folio (f. 349v), ‘Iste liber constat […]’. Five-pointed stars (e.g. ff. 124r,137r, 151v, 175r, 181v)
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Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled13r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions310x215 (mm)
Justification218x148 (mm)
15mm 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
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Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 349va
Datec. 1250
Scribe description:Northern textualis with two-compartment 'a' with open upper compartment, clubbed or forked ascenders on 'b', 'h', 'l', uncial 'd', 'e' mostly without tongue, 8-like 'g', 'h' curves below the baseline, diacritic on 'i' in minim groups, limbs of 'n' and 'm' end on the baseline, straight 's' in final position, vertical stroke of 't' does not ascend above the headstroke, 'u' and 'v' in initial position, 'w' used for 'vu', 3-like 'z'. Abbreviations include apostrophe, superscript vowels, crossed tironian 'et', 'com'-abbreviation, 'p' with crossed descender, nasal bar, Fusion of 'de', 'o' and round 'r' No indication of word-separation. Punctuation includes punctus and punctus elevatus.