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MS. Fr. d. 16

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)

Contents

Tristan de Thomas

Two fragments, of which the first (fol.4 – 10v) is pr. by B. H. Wind, Les Fragments du Tristan de Thomas, Leiden, 1950, pp. 66 – 97, and the second (fol. 11 – 17) is used in her edition of MS. Douce d. 6, op. cit. pp. 150 –183. A collation of this MS. was used by Bédier for his edition of 1902.

Language(s): French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (modern paper) + i (post-medieval parchment) + i (post-medieval parchment) + 14 + i (post-medieval parchment) + ii (modern paper) + i (medieval parchment) + ii (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 105 mm.

Collation

two discontinuous quires of eight, the first wanting 1, numbered VIII at the end, the second wanting 8

Layout

2 cols., 32 lines

Hand(s)

Gothic

Decoration

Good historiated initial (damaged), other initials. (P&A iii. 344). Initials in red, blue and green.

fol. 10r

  • initial E
  • Seated figure (Yseut), playing harp (damaged).

Binding

Modern binding of black leather over pasteboards, signed on the lower turn-ins 'BOUND BY WOOD. LONDON' and 'RESTORED BY C&D.; LAMACRAFT, FORTIS GREEN N.2'; the spine lettered in gilt 'TRISTAN | ET | LA BELLE | YSOLT || 13.TH CENT.; boxed

Accompanying Material

Fol.21, formerly the wrapper, is a notarial document, dated 1366, relating to Meladio.

History

Origin: 12th century, late or 13th century, beginning ; French or English (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

M. L. Canonici, his sale, Sotheby's 25 June 1836, lot 260, bought by ?? (not legible in microfilm copy of auctioneer's annotated catalogue) for £8

Walter Sneyd

Sotheby's, 23 April 1934, lot 133.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff; revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

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