Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, 164

[Part 2]

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General information

Folio notes:ff. 129-295 and 505-655
LanguageFrench - Italian localisation or influence
Approx. date?1350 to 1399
Date notes'XIVe si├Ęcle' (Vielliard 1975, 86).
Place(s) of production
For Bogdanow, the copyist (responsible for ff. 129-295 and 505-655) was 'fort probablement italien' (Bogdanow 1991, 167). The northern influence on the script, however, is quite strong. Discreet eastern and/or Franco-Italian traits.
First words of second recto folio[f. 130ra] cois lessant courre
First words of last recto folio[f. 655ra] le bon tritan
Incipit[f. 129ra] <Et lancelot ne dit lors plus aincois se / repose laienz m(ou)lt aaise celle nuit .>
Explicit[f. 655vb] (et) de / monseignour lancelot du lac et de


Condition:Fairly average parchment, sometimes rather dark in appearance (e.g. ff. 271-2), with some small holes (e.g. ff. 183, 227, 234, etc.) and stitched tears (e.g. ff. 263, 276, 563, etc.). There are numerous folded and torn corners, and several tears at the side (e.g. ff. 271, 523, 624, etc.). The final five quires of the codex are in poorer condition in terms of tears, stains, and creasing. The top quarter of the final bifolium (ff. 654-5) and the outer column of f. 655 are missing.



ff. 129-295: 17-36377

ff. 505-655: 65-798081-8283-8485862

Quire structure:Regular quaternions for the most part, though several (quires 22, 27-28, 30-1, 37, 67 and 73 are quinions wanting two leaves (with no loss of text).
Quire marks:recto of the first leaf of the quire, lower right-hand corner
Catchword disposition:verso of the final leaf of the quire, lower right-hand corner

Physical description

General illustration:
General decoration:For quire 19 (ff. 145r-52v), chapters are marked by puzzle initials in blue and red (height: 3 to 5 lines), and paragraphs by flourished initials in red or blue with decoration in the opposing colour (height: 2 lines). There are also line-fillers in red ink. Elsewhere, these have been left blank (though guide letters are often present).
Evidence of readership:The first few lines of f. 129ra have been crossed out to smooth the transition from Part 1. A basic shield with a cross was added to the margin of f. 538v.
Foliations description:Medieval roman numbering centred in the upper margin of recto sides till f. 215. Modern pencil foliation in the upper right corner of recto sides thereafter.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampledf. 289r
Page dimensions306x234 (mm)
Justification235x162 (mm)
14mm 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. 558v
Page dimensions298x228 (mm)
Justification238x161 (mm)
14mm between columns
Column ruling present in brown (Ink )
Line ruling present in brown (Ink )
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Formata
ScriptSouthern textualis (rotunda libraria)
Folio rangeFrom 129ra to 294vb
Date?1300 to 1349
Scribe description:It was no doubt the round ductus of this script that prompted Bogdanow to suggest that it was 'fort probablement italien' (Bogdanow 1991, 167). There are, however, several more 'northern' features, including box 'a' (far more frequent than rotunda 'a'), forked ascenders, 'h' with a limb extending below the baseline, 'v' in initial position (as well as 'u'), and crossed tironian 'et'. Round 'r' has a hairline descending below the baseline, round 's' occurs consistently in final position, 't' has a vertical pendant hairline when in final position, and the base of 3-shaped 'z' curves to the right.