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Detailed record for Lansdowne 757

Title Lancelot du Lac (begins imperfectly)
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 13th century
Language French
Script Gothic, written above and below top line
Decoration Small initials in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in plain red.
Dimensions in mm 225 x 160 (160 x 125) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 166 (+ 4 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance William Petty (formerly Fitzmaurice) (b. 1737, d. 1805), 2nd earl of Shelbourne and 1st marquess of Lansdowne, prime minister; purchased by the British Museum together with 1244 other Lansdowne manuscripts in 1807.
Select bibliography [Henry Ellis and Francis Douce], A Catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1819), no. 757.

H. Oskar Sommer, Le Roman de Merlin or the Early History of King Arthur (London: Privately printed, 1894), facing p. xxiv.

H.L.D. Ward, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum 3 vols (London: Clowes and Sons, 1883-1910), I, 347-48.

Roger Middleton, 'Manuscripts of the Lancelot-Grail Cycle in England and Wales: Some Books and their Owners' in A Companion to the Lancelot-Grail Cycle, ed. by Carol Dover (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2003), pp. 219-35 (p. 234).

Roger Middleton, 'The Manuscripts' in The Arthur of the French, ed. by Glyn S. Burgess and Karen Pratt , Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages, 4 vols (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2006), IV, pp. 8-92 (pp. 46, 55).
Last revised: 09 February 2007


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