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Detailed record for Additional 36673

Title Guiron le Courtois
Origin France
Date 1st quarter of the 16th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Painted initial with penwork coat of arms. Numerous penwork initials highlighted with red.
Dimensions in mm 420 x 280 (335 x 200)
Official foliation ff. 216 (f. 1 is the bookplate of Henry White which is pasted on the inside of the upper board; + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled red leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Coat of arms, quarterly, 1st and 4th lozengy, 2nd and 3rd semé de lis (f. 2), possibly copied from Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, 1622, which was made for Jacques d'Armagnac, Duke of Nemours (b. 1433, d. 1477).
Post-medieval monogram 'NR' ('XR'?) (f. 2).
Joseph Zaehnsdorf (b. 1814, d. 1886), bookbinder: the manuscript was bound by him.
Henry White (b. 1812, d. 1880), historian, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries: his bookplate (f. 1) pasted on the inside of the upper board; his sale, Sotheby's London, 21 April 1902, lot 995; purchased by the British Museum for £39.
Notes Material from the cycle of Guiron le Courtois.
Running heads 'Premier livre' throughout the volume, and concluded by 'fin du primier livreure / De Guyron le courtois' (f. 216v).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum 1900-1905 (London: British Museum, 1907), pp. 182-83.

Fanni Bogdanow, 'Pellinor's Death in the Suite Merlin and the Palamède', Medium Aevum, 29 (1960), 1-9.

Roger Lathuillère, Guiron le Courtois: Etude de la tradition manuscrite et analyse critique, Publications Romans et Francaises, 86 (Geneva: Librairie Droz, 1966), pp. 49, 50, 96, 181.

Nicola Morato, Il ciclo di 'Guiron le Courtois': strutture e testi nella tradizione manoscritta (Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2010), p. 18 and passim.

Claudio Lagomarsini, 'La tradizione compilativa della Suite Guiron tra Francia e Italia: analisi dei duelli singolari', Medioevo romanzo, 36 (2012), 257-91.

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Painted initial with penwork

f. 2
Painted initial with penwork

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