Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, francese Z XVIII

[Part 2]

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General information

2 backend papers
Folio notes:Cf. PartI
LanguageLanguage object (48)
Approx. date?1300 to 1360
Date notescf. infra, Hands.
Place(s) of productionItaly
First words of second recto folio[f. 143ra] S e senefie aute proeçe
First words of last recto folio[f. 152ra] H ecuba cort quand elle uit
Incipit[f. 143ra] NOus trouons pour scri / ture . / Che Hercules outre / nature . Fu fier ardis sour tuit / egrans / Saçe ligier esour pui / sans / N  e combati iames anus / C  he briefmant ne fust uencus / D elui tesmoient petis egrant / C  hil sot metoit cescune giant / F  oncioit ors elions / S  arpans centaures edragons
Explicit[f. 152ra] C  hi uous deuse tout retraire / L  a ioie grand che pere emaire / C  rier cuisins e ceus de troie / F  irent pour lui seroit en noie / C  he dir deust de tuit le çant / C  ar seroit trou long parlemant / P  our tant ici men uueil soufrir / N  en dirai plus ains uueil teisir .  : // Deo    gracias    Amen // D  a portuiel Guiaume sui / B  uen seuir est gardier acui // D  es cauçes noires grand merci / D  e ce che ay escrit bien sui meri //


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Excellent vellum in excellent condition.




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General decoration:At f. 143ra, a blue decorated initial (8 ll. high) on yellow background surrounded by geometrical and phythomorphic pen flourishes. Red and blue chapter initials decorated with blue and red pen flourishes. The initials of each line are marked by an elegant red bar. Paragraph marks occasionally occur to highlight the major developments of the narrative.
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Mise en page

Description 1Two vertical lines in the left margin of the columns mark the space for verse initials. The copy usually respect the right margin of the columns.
Page sampled147r
LayoutMSLayout object (4)
Page dimensions365 x 250mm (mm)
Justification269 x 168mm (mm)
77 + 14 + 77mmmm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (4) (RulingMaterials object (3) )
Writing above top line?False
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Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
Folio rangeFrom 143ra to 152ra
Date1300 to 1360
Scribe description:Elegant Italian 'semigotica', round r written without the left minim (usually with no fusion with the preceding letters), d has a horizontal or almost horizontal shaft, the lower lobe of g is open or closed by a straight hairline. The copyist names himself in the colophon (cf. above, explicit).
NotesAccording to Bisson 2008, 84 the hand that copies Part 2 is 'più tarda rispetto alle scritture precedenti', while Jung 1996, 292 maintains that 'l'écriture du scribe [...] est plus ancienne que celle du scribe du Roman de Troie'.