Berkeley, Bancroft Library, 106 (vol. 2)

[Part 1]

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1250 to 1275
Date notesDate suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Confirmed by Jonas. Arthurian Fictions has 1240 to 1260. Digital Scriptorium suggests 1285 to 1300. The writing supports a date in the third quarter of the 13th c.
Place(s) of productionJumi├Ęges
Place suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Arthurian fiction has Paris.
First words of second recto folio
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f. 1ra] Mult fu dolenz / li enemis q(ua)nt / n(ost)re sires ot / este en enfer / (et) il en ot gete / adam (et) eve / (et) des autres /
Explicit[f. 155ra] pharien . (et) ce fu icelui qui le trai . (et) par qui / il perdi le chastel de trebe . Einsi come li co(n) / tes le uos deuisera en auant / En la marche de gaule (et) de la petite bretaigne .


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Folios missing after ff. 88, 96 and possibly also between ff. 119 and 144 (Digital Scriptorium).


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Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (16)

Physical description

General description:This is the olim Phillipps 3643 MS. Originally one codex, it is now bound in two volumes.
General illustration:'Merlin' opens with a historiated initial (f. 1ra, height: 13 lines) portraying the assembly of demons.
General decoration:Chapters are marked by pen-decorated initials (e.g. ff. 73v-74r, height: 4 lines) in blue and red with flourishings in the same colour. Further subdivisions indicated by pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines) in blue and red with flourishings in the other colour.
Evidence of readership:On f. 1r, added by the scribe in the upper margin 'Sancti spiritus assit nobis gratia' 'Assit principio sancta maria meo'. On f. 155r, motto added in 15th-c. (?) hand.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions332x226 (mm)
Justification (mm)
mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
RubricationNo rubricated tituli.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (4)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1r to f. 155r
Datec. 1250 to 1300
Scribe description:Northern textualis with two-compartment 'a', the upper compartment of which is open, clubbed ascenders on 'b', 'h', 'l', 'k', 'e' with tongue, 8-like 'g' the lower lobe of which descends below the baseline, diacritic on 'i' in minim group, limbs of 'm' and 'n' end on the baseline, straight 's' in final position, vertical stroke of 't' does not extend above the baseline, 3-like 'z'. Fusion of 'de', 'o' and round 'r', 'po'. Relatively few abbreviations, including crossed tironian 'et', superscript vowels, 'us' abbreviation. Punctuation: punctus and punctus elevatus.