Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, IV 621.34

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General information

Folio notes:Foliation in large red roman numerals. What now appears to f. 2r was originally numbered CXXI. F. 1r was numbered CXXVIII (the folio number appears on the margin which has been folded back to form the cover of a book(let). Plausibly, this was the outer bifolium of a quaternion.
LanguageFrench - Northern localisation or influence
Approx. date?1275 to 1300
Date notesBased on script (double bow 'a' with open upper compartment, exclusive use of round 's' in final position) and decoration (type of initial used in contemporary manuscripts from the Low Countries).
Place(s) of productionNorthern France
Based on linguistic features and decoration.
First words of second recto folio[f. 1ra] (Et) dist auoirs nest preus
First words of last recto folio[f. 1ra] (Et) dist auoirs nest preus
Incipit[f. 2ra] P(or) ataindre al ferir on tos lor frai(n)s lasq(ui)es / L apeusies ueir ch(eualie)rs esmaies / (Et) por la mort dun home isi fort corecies / Ke tot a esporon sen suient cos bessies
Explicit[f. 1vb] Q (ua)nt il ueront a eus les olifans torner / (et) ceus ki les deuront (et) (con)duire (et) mener / Kil se p(ar)tent en .iij. si les lessent passer / Si sagemeny keun nen puisent en(con)trer


Condition:The bifolium was used as a cover for a book(let). The outer margins have been folded inwards to form this cover. Good quality parchment. Wear and tear on the outside.


Quire structure:This is the outer bifolium of a quaternion, which was the sixteenth quire of the manuscript.
Quire marks:verso of the final leaf of the quire, centered under the writing space, roman numerals in rubric
Catchword disposition:none

Physical description

General description:Outer bifolium of a quaternion, used as a cover for a book or a booklet. The outer margins have been folded inwards to form a cover. What now appears to be f. 2ra originally was the first recto of the quire. The quire was marked .xvi.
General illustration:na
General decoration:Each laisse starts with an initial in goldleaf on a field of blue and red (height: 2 lines). The ascenders and descenders extend into the margins.
Evidence of readership:none
Foliations description:Roman numerals in rubric centered in the upper margin of the recto side of the folio. What now appears to be f. 1ra is foliated .cxxviii. F. 2ra is marked .cxxi.

Mise en page

Description 1Ordinary verse layout with separate columns for majuscule letters at the beginning of the verse. Only the recto side of the folio is ruled.
Page sampledf. 1ra
Page dimensions364x254 (mm)
Justification278x183 (mm)
13mm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
RubricationUsed for foliation and quire marks.
Writing above top line?False
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