MS. Fr. c. 30
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Extract containing an account of the tournament between Saintré and Enguerrant. The account of the first day is omitted, and after the introductory paragraphs there follows an account of the second day, but with the jousts numbered as if it were the first ('A ceste premiere coursse ...') (pr. ed. pp. 170-90). The text agrees closely with London, BL, Cotton, MS. Nero D. ix.
Pr. Pierre Champion and Fernand Desonay, eds., Le petit Jehan de Saintré (Les chefs-d'oeuvre de la renaissance française, 1, Paris, 1926), pp. 160, 166, 170-90.
fol. 8r not ruled, fol. 8v blank.
Ruled in very pale red ink; the bottom line and top pair ruled the full width of the page; with single vertical bounding lines ruled the full height of the page; 35 lines of text per page. Headings in red.
Written in a fine bâtarde script, often with calligraphic flourishes descending from the bottom line.
Fine and good initials. (P&A i. 756)
All decoration suspect: perhaps 19th- or 20th-cent.: one eight-line initial in blue on a pink ground, both with white tracery, containing scrolling foliage in red, blue, brown, and white on a gold ground, at the start of the main text (fol. 1r); one four-line initial in gold on pink and blue grounds with white tracery, at the start of the Chronicle (fols. 6v), one similar three-line initial (fol. 4r); eight similar two-line initials (fols. 1r-3r, 4r); line-fillers of various patterns in gold on a pink and/or blue ground.
Half-bound in white parchment and spiral-marbled paper over pasteboards; the spine stamped with a gilt monogram and coronet, and with a brown leather title-piece lettered in gilt 'ARMES | DE | JEHAN | DE | SAINTRÉ | CHRONIQ.'; fol. 8v with a pair of marks towards the fore-edge, perhaps caused by clasp fittings.
Provenance and Acquisition
Entries concerning the family of St. Pol (?)
Baron Pichon sale, lot 2722.
Maggs Bros.?: No. 199, priced £20 in a bookseller's catalogue, with the description stuck to the upper pastedown; the lower pastedown with Maggs's markings, suggesting that they acquired it in Dec. 1938.
Given by Miss K. Chesney, 1962.
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)