London, British Library, Egerton 912

Le liure de Orose [rubric of the table of contents].

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General information

Folios397
LanguageFrench - Central localisation or influence
Approx. datec. 1400 to 1420
Date notesJung 1996, 343.
Place(s) of productionParis
BL Catalogue of illuminated manuscripts.
Table of contentsTable of contents for the 'Histoire ancienne' and 'Faits des Romains' on ff. 1-10. Folios missing after f. 1 (cut out). Following the rubric 'Cy commence la table sur le liure / de orose et sensuivent les rubriches / de chascun chappitre lesquelles seront / en le fin signees et nombrees pareille / ment comme le feuillet sur quoy elles / sont assises' have been copied the chapter headings of the 'Histoire ancienne' in two columns. The headings are followed by the folio number. Copied in brown ink, each heading starts with a pen decorated initial (1 line; gold with blue flourishings alternating with blue with red flourishing. The folio numbers are separated from the titles by line fillers (dashes in blue or red ink). The rubrics of the 'Faits des Romains' have their own heading: ' Cy apres commence la table sur le liure de Lucan'.
First words of second recto folioTable of Contents: [f. 2ra, but folios missing before] Comment eneas se vennist en /Text: [f. 11ra] le riche drap de soie et les bonnes pier /
First words of last recto folio[f. 397ra] roien ilz et trenchierent la teste /
Incipit[f. 10ra] Cy commence le liure de Orose . Co(m)ment n(ost)re seigne(ur) crea le monde . / Quant dieu ot / fait le ciel et la / terre et les yau / es doulces et / salees et le so / leil et la lune / et les estoilles / et il ot a ch(asc)un / commande se / lon son ordre Cest adire que le so //
Explicit[f. 397rb] fu noiez en mer Telz y ot / qui se occistrent de ces gressez / meismes dont ilz orent occis / cesar .

Material

Material:vellum
Watermark:na
Condition:Good quality vellum. Generally in good condition in the Histoire ancienne part. Upper margins in the Faits des Romains damaged. Some folios lost (cf. structure). One quire missiing after between f. 129 and f. 130. Folio 396 torn. Corner of folio 397 (with colophon or owner's mark?) cut.

Structure

Collation:
Quire structure:BL, catalogue of illuminated manuscripts: i8-4 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and last excised; ff. 1-4), ii6-1 (last leaf excised, probably blank; ff. 5-9), iii-xvi8 (ff. 10-129), xvii8-8, xviii-xxvii8 (ff. 130-201), xxviii8-8, xxix6-6;xxx8 (ff. 202-209), xxxi8-8, xxxii-liv8 (ff. 210-393), lv6-2 (3rd and last leaf excised, last leaf probably blank; ff. 394-397).
Quire marks:bifolium signatures (letter followed by roman numerals) centered in the lower margin of the recto
Catchwords:
Catchword disposition:verso of the final leaf of the quire, lower right-hand corner

Physical description

General illustration:Frontispieces (f. 10r; f. 202r) by the Boethius master; smaller miniatures (height: c. 14 lines, two frames, goldleaf and traced in black ink,; backgrounds brown ink, pictures grisaille with heavy shadowing) by the Master of the Berry Apocalypse (cf. Catalogue of illuminated manuscripts).
General decoration:Miniatures are followed by puzzle initials (blue and goldleaf, height: 4 lines) with flourishings in red ink and j-borders in blue and goldleaf. Chapters are introduced by red rubricated headings and generally start with a pen-flourished initials (height: 2 lines; blue with red decorations alternating with goldleaf with blue decorations). These chapters are further subdivided by means of paragraph marks, blue with red flourishings alternating with goldleaf and blue flourishings. Line fillers in red and blue, goldleaf. The subdivisions of the Histoire Ancienne are not distinctively marked.
Evidence of readership:Pastedown: crude drawings of a male head. Front flyleaf: 'Purchased at Thorpe / 13 July 1841'. f. 98r: annotation scribbled in the margin (upside down). f. 397v.: 17th c. hand: 'Non ionesce la pace e non las lima / ch non ha provato la querra prima // A mor de donna e vino de fiasco / sera buono a matina guasto // Ch ha moglia ha poca carne e multo osso //
Foliations description:Rubricated foliation in roman numerals in the outer upper corner of the recto. 'Histoire ancienne' and 'Faits des Romains' foliated seperately. Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the same position.

Mise en page

Description 1Intricate ruling pattern. Horizontal throughlines at the top and bottom. Double horizontal throughlines at the top for foliation (20mm from justification) and bottom (35mm from justification). Double vertical throughlines in outer margin (20mm from justification).
Page sampledf. 95r
LayoutProse
Page dimensions440x300 (mm)
Justification290x173 (mm)
Columns2
22mm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Lines55
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
RubricationRed ink is used for decorated initials, line fillers, decorated paragraph signs and rubricated tituli.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:

Hand(s)

Level of Execution:Libraria
ScriptCursiva
Folio rangeFrom to
Datec. 1400
Scribe description:
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