London, British Library, Additional 25884

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General information

1 backend papers
Folio notes:Modern folio numbers, in arabic numerals.
LanguageFrench - Unspecified localisation or influence
Approx. date?1380 to 1400
Date notesJung 1996, 342.
Place(s) of productionParis
Oltrogge 1989, 269; June 1996, 342.
First words of second recto folio
First words of last recto folio

Related MS

These MSS have the mixed version of the Troy section of the Histoire ancienne.
Similar version of project text(s)Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (City in France) - fonds français 250
J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu (City in United States of America) - Ludwig XIII 3
Morgan Library & Museum, New York (City in United States of America) - M 516


Condition:Good condition throughout.



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Quire structure:Although quaternions predominate, the quire structure of this MS is irregular. Description taken from Oltrogge (1989, 269), but easily verifiable from the catchwords.
Quire marks:no quire marks
Catchword disposition:verso of the final leaf of the quire, lower right-hand corner, framed

Physical description

No. of illustrations:21
General illustration:After a half-page, double-column opening illustration showing the Creation, there are 20 miniatures interspersed throughout the MS. For details see Oltrogge 1989, 270-1. The illustrations are rather rudimentary.
General decoration:The opening page has a simple floral border. Thereafter paragraphs begin with decorated initials (height: 2 lines) alternating red and green, with gold lettering. After illustrations, which are often at the beginning of sections, there are larger decorated initials (height: 5-6 lines), some of which extend into partial borders.
Evidence of readership:There are very occasional marginal annotations or corrections (in French) and notas.
Foliations description:

Mise en page

Description 1This MS has a particularly generous lower margin. The ruling is only faintly visible, and on a very few pages.
Page sampled36r
Page dimensions368-280 (mm)
Justification236x185 (mm)
20mm between columns
Line ruling present in ruling faded or effaced (Plummet )
RubricationChapters are rubricated throughout.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Formata
Folio rangeFrom 1 to 385
Date?1380 to 1400
Scribe description:A clear cursive script with the tails of 'f' and straight 's' extending below the base line. Almost no abbreviations. Frequent use of 'y'.