Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, nouv. acq. françaises 5243

Part 1

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General information

2 frontend papers
1 backend papers
Folio notes:three numberings, from which it can be inferred that many folios have been removed, cf. Lathuillère 1966, 77-9.
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date1360 to 1370
Date notesToesca 1912, 162-3; Avril - Gousset 2005, 60-5
Place(s) of productionLombardy
Toesca 1912, 162-3; Avril - Gousset 2005, 60-5
First words of second recto folioet ge dis au
First words of last recto folioia veu. tot
Incipit[f. 1ra] en celle co(m)paignie estoient Au qart ior ma(n)de Esclabor ala cite q(u)atre deses escu(ie)rs et lor com(m)ande q(u)il face(n)t faire deus escuz noueaus questoie(n)t toz vers sa(n)z nules
Explicit[f. 92vb] li rois.por quoi la dame sa cordast. nies sele ne sa cordast. ce ne poroit estre. ennule guise (et) saichiez sire qe ge vi(n)g ia cele hore en cest cha stel.qe ge vi de moi ceste chosse ave(n)ir. entel


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:though many folios have been removed, the parchment was of good quality and it is in good condition. On the contrary, the ink is fading and the illustrated parts look extremely delicate.


Quire structure:quaternions, with many lacunae
Quire marks:MSQuiremarkDisposition object (4)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (5)

Physical description

General description:There are only a few marginal and interlinear corrections by principal hand. At f. 64ra, under the last line of the column, the copyist notes "Ci ma(n)che". 64va: A later end integrated the last line with the words "ch(evalie)r preux (et) hardi". 46v-48v: A third hand wrote some notes under the b column of the following folios: f. 46v "volta il foglio (et) [??]"; f. 47v "ritorna onde dici gueres"; f. 48v "volta il folio e trouerai ch(valier)s".
General illustration:The whole manuscript has been illustrated by one of the finest lombard artist, the "Master of Guiron le Courtois", cf. part. Toesca 1912, 162-3; Lauby 2000; Avril - Gousset 2005, 60-5 (with a list of the illustrations and their contents); Molteni 2014.
General decoration:
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Mise en page

Description 1In general, the original ruling consisted of 39 lines for each column and the lines did not cross the intercolumn. However, the copyist usually filled only 37 lines in pages without illustrations (e.g. f. 5r and v, 13v etc.) and 37 or less in pages with illustrations. In some cases, the ruled space is still visible inside the frame of the illustration.
Page sampled29r
Page dimensions380 x 275 (mm)
Justification234 x 204 (mm)
15mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (5) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (5) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (1)
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 92vb
Date1350 to 1375
Scribe description: