Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, 164

[Part 1]

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General information

Folio notes:ff. 1 and 107-110 wanting; ff. 333 and 379-98 also constitute Part 1.
LanguageFrench - Eastern localisation or influence
Approx. date?1375 to 1450
Date notes'XIVe si├Ęcle' (Vielliard 1975, 86).
Place(s) of production
First words of second recto folio
First words of last recto folio
Incipit[f. 2ra] et noiant luí lostoit de la certaínnete et lameto / it en autre pensee
Explicit[f. 398va] Que iusques Ci auez tenue . touz- / <...>


Condition:Mediocre parchment, of varying thickness, with the occasional small hole (e.g. f. 46) and stitched tear (e.g. f. 106). Hair follicles are sometimes so prominent as to obscure the text (e.g. f. 31v). Some text is illegible at the beginning of the codex due to creasing and folding, and there are miscellaneous stains throughout (e.g. ff. 72v-73r). The volume has been trimmed very close to the justification.



ff. 2-128: 123+416 5-131415-168

ff. 379-98: 112 28

Quire structure:Regular quaternions for the most part. Quire 1 has lost its first leaf, and quire 14 leaves 3 to 6. Quire 3+4 incorporates what was originally the first quire of the volume, inserted between the 3rd and 4th leaves (ff. 19 and 28). The re-inserted quaternion has been rearranged, however, with the folios now in the following order: 2, 1, 7, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. Judging by the medieval foliation and the guidance for the reader in the lower margins of quire 3+4, the present sequence dates to at least as early as the 15th c. Both quires inserted into Part 3 were senions, but the second is wanting leaves 9 to 12.
Quire marks:recto of the first leaf of the quire, centred in the lower margin
Catchword disposition:verso of the final leaf of the quire, lower right-hand corner

Physical description

General illustration:15 lines were left on f. 5rb, perhaps for a miniature.
General decoration:Space was left for initials (height: 2 to 8 lines), with guide letters in the margin.
Evidence of readership:Corrections, additions and deletions contemporaneous to copying (e.g. f. 6r).
Foliations description:Medieval roman numerals in brown ink in the centre of the upper margin (recto sides).

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 83r
Page dimensions308x234 (mm)
Justification281x205 (mm)
9mm between columns
Column ruling present in brown (Ink )
Line ruling present in brown (Ink )
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:

Description 2
Page sampledf. 391r
Page dimensions291x229 (mm)
Justification265x168 (mm)
13mm between columns
Column ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Line ruling present in grey (Plummet )
Writing above top line?True
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Currens
ScriptNorthern textualis
Folio rangeFrom 2ra to 128vb
Date?1375 to 1450
Scribe description:The text copied by Vielliard's Scribe I is no doubt the work of multiple (a dozen?) copyists. The first, responsible for ff. 1ra-4va, 5ra-10ra, etc. displays the following traits: two-compartment 'a' (though upper bow often barely present); some forked ascenders; 'g' with angular lower lobe; round 's' (slanting left) and occasionally tall 's' in final position; 'v' consistently used in initial position; dotted 'y'; tironian 'et' with bar.