Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, IV 621.4-5

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General information

Folio notes:A bifolium cut in two by the binder. Missing text suggests that between the first and second half of the bifolium three bifolia have been lost. This might have been the outer bifolium of a quaternion. There is however no sign of quire marks or catchwords, which might have been cut.
LanguageFrench - Northern localisation or influence
Approx. date1300 to 1350
Date notesThe script displays characteristics pertaining to the early fourteenth century double-bow 'a' with closed upper compartment, occasional open forms, long 's' and round 's' in final position.
Place(s) of productionNorthern Italy
'La graphie des fragments présente quelques traits charactéristiques de la scripta picarde de l'époque' (Van Hoecke 1987, 256).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] de mon seignor
First words of last recto folio[f. 2ra] de mon seignor
Incipit[f. 1ra] sitost come ele pot corre diaportoit / en son poing ses treises qui coupees / li estoient grosses (et) blondes
Explicit[f. 2vb] Atant sen partirent de la place / Si entra sa ?grenice? (et) sa (com)paig / nie en la p(ar) ou mi sire yuain


Condition:Good quality vellum. The outer margin has been cropped and the bifolium has been cut in half by the binder.




Quire structure:These are probably the outer leaves of a quaternion.
Quire marks:
Catchword disposition:

Physical description

General description:The outer leaves of a quaternion pasted into a collection (19th. c.) of fragments of French literary manuscripts, formerly kept at the National Archives in Brussels with the shelfmark 1411. In 1972 the collection was transferred to the Royal Library where it is kept with the shelfmark IV 621. The volume contains a bifolium from a manuscript with the Roman d'Aspremont (IV 621.1 and 2), a fragment of the Roman de Troie (IV 621.3), two fragments constituting a bifolium from a manuscript of the Prose Lancelot (IV 621.4 and 5), a bifolium of an illustrated manuscript of Raoul de Cambrai and a fragment of the same manuscript (IV 621.6, 7 and 8, Flanders, end of the 13th c.), a folio of the verse Baudoin de Flandre (IV 621.9), a strip of vellum cut from a bifolium with the Fuerre de Gadres from the Roman d'Alexandre (IV 621.10), two folios and a fragment from the Marques de Rome (IV 621.11, 12 and 13), two leaves from a manuscript of the Lancelot en prose in four columns (IV 621.14 and 15), two pages from a plain 15th. c. manuscript of the Ovide Moralisees (IV 621.16 and 17), two bifolia of a French translation of the Decret de Gratien (IV 621.18-21), four pages of a French translation of the Regula Benedicti (IV 621.22-25), a bifolium of a 15th c. manuscript with Les exemples des mauvaises femmes written in long lines (IV 621.26 and 27), a page from a manuscript of Les fleurs des histoires (IV 621. 28). Fragments IV 621.29 and 30/31 correspond to fragments O and P of the ancient fonds des manuscrits 1411 and are fragments of two manuscripts with the Prose Tristan. Fragment IV 621. 32 is a fragment of a manuscript in four columns with the Prose Lancelot and was taken from the same manuscript as IV 621.14 and 15. IV 621.33 is a fragment of a 14th c. (Parisian?) prose chronicle or collection of Saints' lives. IV 621.34 is a bifolium of a 13th c. manuscript of the Roman d'Alexandre produced in the Low Countries. Finally IV 621.35 is badly worn, its script and decoration points towards the first half of the 14th c.
General illustration:na
General decoration:Red and blue initials (height: 2 lines) with flourishings in the contrasting colour.
Evidence of readership:none
Foliations description:none

Mise en page

Description 1Prose layout in two columns.
Page sampledf. 1r
Page dimensions303x201 (mm)
Justification237x172 (mm)
15mm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
RubricationExclusively used for initials.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Libraria
ScriptNorthern textualis
Folio rangeFrom f. 1ra to f. 2vb
Datec. 1300 to 1350
Scribe description:Northern textualis rotundus with a double-bow 'a' with closed upper compartment, both long and round 's' in final position. The limb of 'h' curves below the baseline. Relatively few abbreviations among which crossed tironian note, nasal bar also for q(ue), -us and con- abbreviation (9) and apostrophe for combinations with 'r'