MS. Fr. e. 32
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession): no full description available
Ending imperfect (at '... Au uif. deables. porroit. il iames. estre. ||': line 1634 of the Terracher ed.) with about 300 lines missing, due to the excision of five leaves after fol. 27v
Pr. A.-L. Terracher, La chevalerie Vivien: chanson de geste (Paris, 1909); see also A.-L. Terracher, ed., La tradition manuscrite de la Chevalerie Vivien (Paris, 1923).
Ending (garbled and) imperfect (at ... Fis de roi sui bien le doi conmander | Prenant lors obers vont lor armois troucer ||')
Pr. Erich Wienbeck, Wilhelm Hartnacke, and Paul Rasch, eds., Aliscans (Halle, Max Niemeyer, 1903).
Ruled in leadpoint with 25-31 lines extending the full width of the page, and three vertical lines to the left and one to the right, the leftmost pair used to guide the first letter on each line.
Written in gothic vernacular script by three main hands, studied in detail by I. Short in The Medieval Alexander legend and romance epic: essays in honour of David J. A. Ross (1982), pp. 173-91: Scribe A wrote fols. 1r-27v; B wrote almost all of fols. 28r-66r; C wrote part of the remainder, in concert with the A and B; the final verso is particularly crudely written, presumably by a fourth scribe.
One seven-line red initial containing a rampant lion (fol. 28r); one similar three-line initial (fol. 29r); other two- and three-line initials in plain red.
Doodles of a male face in profile (fols. 36r, 66v).
Original(?) sewing on three split thongs, laced into pasteboards covered with original(?) stained red leather; a thread bookmark between fols. 1134 and 114); without pastedowns or flyleaves.
Provenance and Acquisition
Inscribed, late 13th or early 14th cent.: 'Sire W de morlens [me deit(?) effaced]' (fol. 107r; cf. fol. 124r)
Inscribed, 14th cent.: 'icet romans est de W dorenge' (fol. 93v); inscribed, 14th-cent. with 'Nota' marks (e.g. 73v, 74r); inscribed in blind, unknown date: 'ROS'(?) and 'ALISPATVN' (the 'S's back-to-front) (fol. 133v).
Thomas Arnold, St. Augustine's, Canterbury ('Liber fratris T. Arnold' de libr' sancti Augustini Cantuariensis': see A. B. Emden, Donors of Books to St. Augustine's Abbey Canterbury, Oxford 1968, 5), with 15th-cent. letter-identifier '.Cum. .H.' (M. R. James, The Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover, Cambridge 1903, 374, no. 1533)
Inscribed '106' (fol. 1r, top right).
Savile library, sold at Sotheby's 6 Feb. 1861, lot 16, bought by Powis for £150
Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), MS. 25074
Bought Sotheby's, 30 Nov. 1971, lot 495, pl. 7 (fol. 28r).