Dijon, Bibliothèque municipale, 562

Li liures dou comencement / dou monde (title in opening rubric)

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General information

Folios273
1 backend papers
Folio notes:273 written folios and one additional flyleaf which has been ruled for writing.
LanguageFrench - Eastern Mediterranean localisation or influence
Approx. date?1250 to 1275
Date notesOltrogge 1989, 246.
Place(s) of productionAcre
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] de parche (et) sen uait par la contree /
First words of last recto folio[f. 273ra] QUant iulius cesar ot tote celle /
Incipit[f. 1ra] Ce est li liures dou comencement / dou monde (et) coment nostre sires / fist adam (et) eue / QVant dieu ot fet le ci / el (et) la terre (et) les eiues / douces (et) salees . (et) le so / leill (et) la lune (et) les estoi / leir : (et) il ot a chascun co / mande qui seruast selonc son cex ordre . / Cest q(ue) li soleill luisist le ior : (et) par sa / grant clarte enluminast tot li mon / des . Et la lune (et) les estoilles rendice(n)t / clarte a lanuit qui estoit noire (et) te / nebrouse . Si fist les oissiaus e(n) lair /
Explicit[f. 273va] samt auenture . Car si ifurent tot ple / nierement uencuz (et) desconfit les galo / is (et) leur g(ra)nt force q(ui)l auoient ensem / ble mises (et) aunees q(ue) ia ne fust escha / pe se poi non se ne fucent les forest / g(ra)nz (et) ramees //

Material

Material:vellum
Watermark:
Condition:Good quality vellum, in fair condition. Some stains (e.g. ff. 75v, 130v-131r, 122v), holes (e.g. ff. 96, 116, 146 184), stitches (e.g. ff. 122v, 125r, 129; 133r, 133v, 134r, 137r), tears (ff. 240). The upper right corner of f. 242 is torn causing text loss.

Structure

Collation:

19 (ff. 1-9; 1 folio wanting in the first half of the quire) 2-810 (ff. 10- 79) 98 (ff. 80-87) 10-1810 (ff. 88-177) 199 (ff. 178-186; one folio wanting in the second half of the quire) 20-2210 (ff. 187-216) 23-25 (ff. 217-248; collation difficult to ascertain) 26-2710 (ff. 249-268) 286 (ff. 269-274)

Quire structure:Mostly quinions except for the first quire (ff. 1-9), in which one folio is lost, quire 9 (ff. 80-87) which is a quaternion, quire 19, in which one folio is wanting and the final quire (ff. 269-274) which is a ternion. The quire structure of ff. 217 to 248 (quires 23-25, quiremark only on the last folio of quire 25) is hard to establish, but given that there are 32 folios, at least one of these quires must be a senion. The quiremarks roman numerald centered in the bottom margin of the verso of the final folio of the quire are later additions (14th-15th c.), suggesting that the manuscript was rebound at that time.
Quire marks:verso of the final leaf of the quire, centered under the writing space, roman numeral
Catchwords:
Catchword disposition:

Physical description

General description:The frontispiece on f. 1 (closely resembling that of the other MSS in the Acre group) portrays eight scenes from Creation, painted in medallions arranged in two columns in pairs. Many miniatures (height: 12 lines), framed in red, blue and gilt bars, decorated with white flourishings, geometric and floral patterns. The background of the illustrations is gilt. Eastern features.
General illustration:The frontispiece on f. 1 (closely resembling that of the other MSS in the Acre group) portrays eight scenes from Creation, painted in medallions arranged in two columns in pairs. Many miniatures (height: 12 lines), framed in red, blue and gilt bars, decorated with white flourishings, geometric and floral patterns. The background of the illustrations is gilt. Eastern features.
General decoration:Pen-decorated puzzle initials in red and blue with flourishings in the same colours (height: 4 lines), generally preceded by a rubric. Further subdivisions indicated by pen-decorated initials (height: 2 lines), alternating between blue and red with flourishings in the contrasting colour, preceded by rubricated tituli (right justification).
Evidence of readership:On f. 2v: drawing of male head in the margin. Contemporary annotation throughout (mostly in the margins, often cut). Manicula on ff, 118v, 143v, 273v, 248v. On f. 49r, scroll in margin with 'vng bon dict'. On f. 203r: note in Latin. Notes in Catalan throughout, especially in the sections on Genesis, Troy and Rome.
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled8r
LayoutProse
Page dimensions370x230 (mm)
Justification252x170 (mm)
Columns2
16mm between columns
Column ruling present
Lines42
Line ruling present
RubricationRubricated tituli throughout.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:

Hand(s)

Level of Execution:Formata
Scriptlittera textualis
Folio rangeFrom 1 to 275
Date?1250 to 1275
Scribe description:Littera textualis with two-compartment ‘a’ the upper compartment of which is open, tongued ‘e’, round ‘s’ in final position, railing ‘s’ at the end of the line, ‘rucken’-‘g’ 3-like ‘z, diacritic for ‘y’ not for ‘i’ . Abbreviations include crossed tironian note, superscript vowels, nasal bar used for q(ue). ll-ligature, st-ligature. Biting of o/b and round ‘r’. Word-separation indicated by dash. Punctus.
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