Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, IV 852, fragment 22

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General information

Folio notes:Bifolium.
Approx. datec. 1300 to 1350
Date notesBased on the script: double-bow 'a'. Only straight 's' is used in final position.
Place(s) of production{unspecified}
No specific linguistic features. The decorated initials might suggest a Northern provenance.
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] guerre uers moi car ie ne lui cuidoe mie
First words of last recto folio[f. 2ra] guerre uers moi car ie ne lui cuidoe mie
Incipit[f. 1ra] tant fine li p(ar)lemens entreaus si se(n) / [...] rois artus ases tentes et en / maine avoec lui la roine genieure sa feme /
Explicit[f. 2vb] le roi artus . Et ?t?e ?mismes? lour do(n)ne g(ra)nt / cuer (et) g(ra)nt hardeme(n)t q(ui)l o(n)t lanc(elos) en aide (et) / bo(hort) les homes del monde q(ui) plus su(n)t ?.?aio /


Condition:The bifolium was used as a cover for a book or booklet and is heavily wornm especially in the corners and f. 2r, the text of which has become almost entirely illegible and f. 2va.




Quire structure:One bifolium
Quire marks:none
Catchword disposition:none

Physical description

General illustration:none
General decoration:The text is structured by means of decorated initials (height: 4-8 lines) in blue decorated with white flourishings on a field of scarlet framed in goldleaf. The eye of the letters is ornamented with floral patterns in red, green and goldleaf. The larger initial is inhabited by a hybrid figure, half man and half dragon. Further subdivisions are indicated by pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines), alternatingly red and blue with flourishings in the contrasting colour.
Evidence of readership:Noted between the columns of f. 1v and 2r '1554'. Annotation in the upper margin of f. 2r.
Foliations description:None

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 1r
Page dimensions360x255 (mm)
Justification272x190 (mm)
16mm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
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 with double-bow 'a'. 'I'-longa is used in final position. Only round 's' is used in final position. Abbreviations include nasal bar, com-abbreviation, 'p' with crossed descender, crossed tironian 'et', superscript vowel, s-like apostrophe.