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le liure qui parle/ du commencent du monde iusq(ue)s au temps q(ue) iule cesar se / p(ar)tist de ro(m)me po(ur) co(n)quester fra(n)ce [initial rubric]

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General information

LanguageFrench - Unspecified localisation or influence
Approx. datec. 1480
Date notesDe Visser - Van Terwisga, 11-12
Place(s) of productionFrance
De Visser - Van Terwisga, 11-12
Table of contentsThe table of contents occupies folios 1ra to 18vb and lists the chapter headings referring to the rubricated foliation in the manuscript in arab numerals which was added at the same time when the list of rubrics was added to the manuscript.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] ham (et) la science
First words of last recto folio[f. 20ra] Quant dieu eut fet / le ciel (et) la terre et / les eaues doulces
Incipit[f. 1ra] [c]y commence la table de ce p(rese)nt liure lequel trai / te de pluseurs choses haultes / dignes de memoire ainsi q(ui) se(n)suit
Explicit[f. 20vb] so(n)t arrousees . Lu(n)g des fleuuez lescripture / lappelle gyon et nous le nommons


Watermark:not applicable
Condition:Good quality vellum in good condition.




Quire structure:Two quaternions and one binion.
Quire marks:
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Physical description

General description:The table of contents occupies folios 1ra to 18vb. Folio 19r. and 19va are left blank. At the bottom of folio 19rb is the opening rubric 'Sensuit le liure qui parle/ du commencent du monde iusq(ue)s au temps q(ue) iule cesar se / p(ar)tist de ro(m)me po(ur) co(n)quester fra(n)ce .'. Folio 20r opens with a large frontispiece representing Adam and Eve in Paradise.
No. of illustrations:1
General illustration:Large frontispiece representing Adam and Eve in Paradise, greeting their Creator. Animals (peacocks, bovines) are represented in pairs, leopards and cattle living peacefully alongside each other. Also depicted are two of the rivers of Paradise and the Tree of Knowledge. The cities in the background may refer to a different timeframe. It is suggested that the text is written on a band lying on the surface. The frontispiece is framed in a broad frame with a suggestion of three dimensions. The frontispiece includes a coat of arms, centered at the bottom of the frame (a crowned lion's head or tongued gules on a background azur, with a diagonal band or. The coat is framed gules.
General decoration:The texts opens with a large painted initial (blue, height: 6 lines) on a scarlet background decorated with a floral design in gold.
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:This section of the manuscript only has a modern foliation in pencil.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 19r
Page dimensions353x244 (mm)
Justification242x165 (mm)
13mm between columns
Column ruling present in brown (Ink )
Line ruling present in brown (Ink )
RubricationRed ink is used for the introductory rubric (f. 19vb), for paragraph signs and in the line-filling devices.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Libraria
Folio rangeFrom 1ra to 18vb
Datec. 1400 to 1500
Scribe description:Fifteenth-century littera cursiva with bastarda features (broad straight 's' and 'f'). 'e' with horn. The lower lobe of 'g' is open. Abbreviations include horizontal stroke for nasal consonants and q(ue), superscript vowels ('i'), superscript 2-like 'r' for 'r'-abbreviations, 'p' with crossed descender, uncrossed tironian 'et'

Level of Execution:Libraria
ScriptNorthern textualis
Folio rangeFrom 20ra to 20vb
Datec. 1400 to 1500
Scribe description:Most probably the same scribe who also wrote the table of contents, switching to textualis script for the main text. This type of script concurs with the script type used in the thirteenth-century part of the codex.