Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 767

[Part 2]

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General information

Folio notes:Folios missing after f. 102. Folios displaced after ff. 8, 24. The correct order is ff. 1-8, ff. 23-24, ff. 27-28, ff. 25-26.
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. datec. 1290
Date notesDate suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Arthurian Fiction gives 1290 to 1310. Jonas 13th or 14th c. Based on decoration.
Place(s) of productionTuscany
Place suggested by the Lancelot-Graal project. Confirmed by Arthurian Fiction and Jonas.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] qui est a carmelide . mes il nedist pas la u(er)i /
First words of last recto folio[f. 104ra] [...]ure legierement q(ue) ma neli face . u /
Incipit[f. 1ra] CI endroit dist / li (con)tes q(ue) q(ua)nt / lirois fu p(er)du / en la forest d(e) / Bredigan . li / baro(n)s se de p(ar)ti / rent atrop / g(ra0nt dolor . (et) / sen ala laroi / ne a cardueil / si corrocee . q(ue) onq(ue)s puis ne senuit deuant /
Explicit[f. 104rb] si espoante dece q(ui)l leuoient si des / hetie . sili demande(n) sil enporra ga / rir (et) il dist oil se dieu plest //


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good quality parchment. Recto of f. 1 damaged, ink erased. Text faded in numerous places.


Quire structure:
Quire marks:
Catchwords:Catchwords on ff. 10v, 22v
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (9)

Physical description

General illustration:Not illustrated.
General decoration:The text opens with a large foliate field-initial (height: 10 lines). Similar initials (height: 6-9 lines) at the beginning of major subdivisions, many with partial borders of acanthus (e.g. f. 19rb). Paragraphs marked by plain initials (height: 2-3 lines). With pen-decoration in the first and third quire. These smaller initials have not been filled as from f. 89ra. Guide letters in the margin.
Evidence of readership:In the lower margins of f. 8v, 22v, 24v, 26v, 28v a (15th c.?) Italian hand has noted that the MS was bound in the wrong order. The right order has also been indicated by cross-referencing symbols. The references to folios indicate that at this time this part of the MS was not yet bound with the (fragment of) the 'Enfances Lancelot'. On ff. 9r, 13r, 20v annotation in the outer margin. Pen-drawings of barges in the lower margins of ff. 74v and 75r. Numerous annotations on f. 104v. Of interest is a list of Arthurian 'dramatis personae' with their parentage (in French, 15th c.?). Other notes in Italian and Latin.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 103r
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions386x259 (mm)
Justification295x195 (mm)
14mm between columns
Column ruling present
Line ruling present
RubricationNo tituli in red ink.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 104rb
Scribe description:Rounded textualis, two-compartment 'a' with open upper compartment, round 'b' and 'h' , half-uncial 'd' and uncial 'd' with short and nearly horizontal ascender, 'e' without tongue, 8-like 'g', no diacritic on 'i', straight 's' in final position, trailing 's' at the end of the line, 3-like 'z'. Abbreviations include uncrossed tironian 'et', 'p' with crossed descender, 'com' abbreviation, short nasal bar, superscript vowels ('i', 'a'), apostrophe. Fusion of 'do', 'de', uncial 'd' and round 'r', 'ar'. 'st' ligature. Punctus. Word-separation unmarked.