Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fonds français 782

[Part 1]

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General information

5 frontend papers
5 backend papers
Folio notes:Numbered from 1 to 207 'mais il n'y a pas de ff. 55, 121 et 191, tandis qu'il y a 2 ff. 164 et 165. Le premier cahier est en désordre' (Jung 1996, 177).
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date?1330 to 1340
Date notes'1330-40 environ' (Jung 1996, 177).
Place(s) of productionVeneto
Jung 1996, 177.
Table of contentscf. supra 'endpapers'
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] P  er angin (et) por traisson .
First words of last recto folio[f. 207ra] m olt par enot le cuer dolant .
Incipit[f.1ra] SAlomon nos enseigne edit . / Esi trouons a(n) suen escrit . / Qe nus ne doit si demostrer . / Q  e il nait preu et honor . / Q  arsi firent nostre ancessor . / S  e cil qe trouerent les pars . / E  les grans liures des set ars . / L  es esanples et les tratees . / D  on toz le mond e(n) enseignees . /
Explicit[f. 207va] C  il se poroient molt bien taire . / D  eloeure blasmer (et) de traire . / C  ar tielz uidroit a faitier / Q  i tost en poroit enpirier . / C  elui gard deus (et) tiegne (et) uoie / Q  i bien essauçe (et) monte ploie /


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Vellum of excellent quality, in excellent condition.



1-2010 (ff. 1-201) + 216 (ff. 202-207)

Quire structure:20 quinternions + 6 ff., foliated from 1 to 207 (on the numbering, see supra "folio notes").
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (18)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (3)

Physical description

General illustration:The c. 200 illustrations correspond to either one column (but usually larger than a column) or to the writing space (but usually larger than the writing space), and can be either inside the writing space or exceed the writing space. Illustrations are framed, but trees, buildings or other natural elements or constructions are often prolonged beyond the writing space and occupy either the margins or the intercolumn. There is usually no 'continuity' of the natural landscape (sky, meadows, mountains, forests etc.); the background is filled by elegant geometric motives. Figures are lively, and the use of 'chiaroscuro' magisterial; names, written in red ink, are clearly part of the iconographic program. For a more detailed description, and considerations about the contents, see Jung 1996, 178-80; and Busby 2002, 608-11.
General decoration:A noteworthy characteristic of the MS consists in the general autonomy of the segmentation of the text operated by the litterae notabiliores from that provided by the iconographic program. 'Puisque la segmentation du texte par les grandes initiales ne coïncide pas avec l'emplacement des miniatures, les manuscrits proposent au fond deux lectures qui ne se recoupent pas [...] Le cycle iconographique a été conçu à part.' (Jung 1996, 178). Apart from the frontispice (cf. supra, the paratextual features of segment 1), the mise en texte is based on a two-level decorative schema: 1) framed decorated letters (height: 2 to 6 lines), in bright colours (blue, red, rose, with white touches) and with the typical development of phytomorphic motives from the top and bottom left corner of the frame, which expands in the margin or in the intecolumn and is often accopanied by gilded circles; 2) decorated initials (height: 2-3 lines) alternating red and blue with thick blue and red pen-flourishes.
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:Cf. supra 'folio notes'.

Mise en page

Description 1Typical ruling for verse text: two vertical lines at the left margin of the column defining the space for the ordinary intials, and a third verical line defining the external limit for the second letter of the verse.
Page sampled
LayoutMSLayout object (4)
Page dimensions335 x 240 (Jung 1996, 177) (mm)
Justification226 x 165 (Jung 1996, 177) (mm)
Columns2 (Jung 1996, 177)
mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Lines41-42 (Jung 1996, 177)
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 207vb
Date1330 to 1340
Scribe description:Elegant and regular hand, very compact: little space left between different words, frequent fusion of the curves, long minims and short ascenders and discenders. The shaft of 'd' is short and almost horizontal, 'g' has a long connecting stroke.