Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 354

[Part 1]

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General information

Folio notes:Folios wanting after ff. 6 (gap of one folio) and 78 (gap of two folios) (Micha 1960, 166). Incomplete at the beginning and the end.
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. datec. 1280 to 1300
Date notesDate suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Arthurian Fiction gives 1290 to 1320. Jonas has 14th. c.
Place(s) of productionGenoa-Pisa
The Lancelot-Graal project suggests Genoa. Arthurian Fiction gives Genoa, Naples or Pisa, all without great certainty.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] boche (et) dist biaus dous amis uos /
First words of last recto folio[f. 80ra] macons (et) fist clore le tertre de /
Incipit[f. 1ra] atendoit iusque a .xl. iors por / auoir labataille de lanc(elot) (et) li no / ma enla quarentaine le ior . Et / quant il seroit (et) lor reuint li / messages asa dame (et) li co(n)ta ce /
Explicit[f. 80vb] il sil fust tens de herbergier il ne / uos comuenist la aprier que uo / lontier lefeisse (et) debonerem(en)t mes / il nesera en piece nuit . . et ie ai mout //


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Poor quality vellum with holes and stitches in the written space (e.g. ff. 8, 16, 18, 21, 28, 34, 37, etc.). Folio 1 severely damaged. Parchment has been pillaged from the lower margins of ff. 1, 5, 7, 71. In numerous instances, the ink has faded or been entirely erased (e.g. f. 7r, 67r) Stains (e.g. ff. 2r, 7v, 59v).


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Physical description

General illustration:Italian-style pen-drawn miniatures spanning the width of the page, placed either in the middle of the justification or in the bas-de-page on ff. 4v, 6v, 10v, 14r., 17r, 20r, 24r, 27v, 29r, 35r, 41r, 43r, 46r, 50v, 52r, 57r, 61r, 64r, 68v, 72r, 74v, 78r). Partially coloured with bright reds, dark and pale blue, grey, pink, green and gold. The characters are not identified with captions in red ink, as is the case in other Genoa-Pisan MSS.
General decoration:Foliate initials (ff. 26ra, 40va, 70va; height: 10 lines) at major divisions of the text marked by 'Or dit li contes'. Pink initials are painted against green and blue or red grounds, decorated with floral patterns. Plain initials, (height: 2-3 lines), alternatingly red and blue, partially painted in the margins.
Evidence of readership:On f. 2r, old shelfmarks '495' and '6974'. Doodles in the lower margin of ff 6v, 43r (dog), 45 (male head), 54v (man pointing, intended as manicula?), 74v (horse-in-the-making), 75r (horse).
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 80v
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions380x250 (mm)
Justification250x166 (mm)
13mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (6)
Line ruling present in Colours object (6)
RubricationNo tituli in red ink.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (16)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 80vb
Datec. 1280 to 1300
Scribe description:Rounded Southern textualis, with two-compartment 'a', the upper lobe of which is open, uncial 'd' with short, near-horizontal ascender, 'e' with tongue in final position, 8-like 'g' with angular lower lobe, no diacritic on 'i', 'q' with exceptionally short descender, round and straight 's' in final position, 3-like 'z'. Relatively few abbreviations which include uncrossed tironian 'et', apostrophe, very short nasal bar. Fusion of 'de', 'ci', 'co', 'ce'.'st' ligature. Punctus,
NotesCorrections in the margin.