Received: from TEMPQ by JKHB_HUM1 (Mercury 1.21); 8 May 95 15:49:39 MST7MDT Return-path: Received: from YVAX2.BYU.EDU by jkhbhrc.byu.edu (Mercury 1.21) with ESMTP; 8 May 95 15:49:33 MST7MDT Received: from yvax.byu.edu by yvax.byu.edu (PMDF V5.0-2 #7277) id <01HQ9IEF1GRK8ZUBS5@yvax.byu.edu>; Mon, 08 May 1995 15:48:23 -0600 (MDT) Date: Mon, 08 May 1995 15:08:41 -0600 (MDT) From: LUSBYK@yvax.byu.edu Subject: po To: jdh: ; Cc: LUSBYK@yvax.byu.edu Message-id: <01HQ9KW2F5VC8ZUBS5@yvax.byu.edu> Organization: Brigham Young University MIME-version: 1.0 Content-type: TEXT/PLAIN; CHARSET=US-ASCII Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT Po PARIS, BIBL. DE L'ARSENAL, 3523 15th c.; paper; 2; 290*195(210*100); 818 pp.; c. 30 lines; collation 1 8: 2 8: 3 10 (first canc.): 4 10: 5 6: 6 8: 7 12: 8 10 (last canc.): 11 16: 12 14: 13 18 (first canc.): 14 20: 15 10 (first canc): 16 10: 17 16: 18 16 (first canc.): 19 8: 20 12: 21 8 (last canc.): 22 12, 23 10: 24-5 12, 26 12 (last canc.) 27 14, 28 16 (first canc.): 29-30 14, 31 10 (last canc.): 32 8 (first canc.): 33 12: 34 18 (last canc.): 35 14 (last canc.). Water-marks (a) The arms of France surmounted by a crown, with a 'c' at the point of the shield; 73 mm long over-all, between chain-lines, perhaps sewn, 40 mm apart. Very like Briquet 1725 (1463-4). (b) A coat of arms (a fleur-de-lys, a three-pointed label), surmounted by a passion cross; 62 mm long over-all, between chain-lines 40 mm apart. Briquet 1547 (1459-74). (c) The arms of France, surmounted by a crown, in all 45 mm long, between chain-lines, perhaps sewn, 40 mm apart. Similar to Briquet 1684 (1458-65). (d) The letter 'Y' surmounted by a fleuron, its tail ending in a trefoil; 60 or 68 mm long, between chain-lines, perhaps sewn, 40 mm apart. (e) As type (c) but 48 mm long and attached to one chain-line. (f) A fleur-de-lys, 55 mm long, fastened to chain-lines, perhaps sewn, 42 mm apart. Like Briquet 6909 (1445-52). (g) As type (a), but with a small 't'; 85 mm long over-all, between chain-lines 40 mm apart. Briquet 1739 or 1740 (1458-80). (h) A unicorn, 100 or 95 mm long over-all, across chain-lines 39 mm apart. The manuscript is in many different hands. The names of 'Jehan Maciot', 'Glaude Maciot' and 'Gilbert Coquille' appear on page 818; none of them has been identified. Po contains works by Villon and has frequently been discussed. Bijvanck considered that it had been copied about ten years after the Stockholm MS of Villon's works (Om), which in its turn was not earlier than 1480; Jeanroy and Droz agreed with Bijvanck's dating. More recently, D. M. Stewart has suggested that Po was copied after 1483: in line 56 of Villon's Testament (. . . loys . . . roy de France), the scribe has scored out loys and written charles; Charles VIII acceded in 1483. Stewart's point is not in itself conclusive. The water-marks suggest that the manuscript may be earlier. 1. Pp. 1-16 (quire 1), [Le Breviaire des Nobles]. P. 16, Explicit. Le Breviaire des Nobles. (sic). 445 plus 8 lines. Lacks line 340. 5. Pp. 71-82 (quire 5), Reveille Matin. 350 lines. Lacks lines 17-24, 220, 299, 345-52. Line 299 has been added in another contemporary hand; there are a few corrections in the same hand. 9. Pp. 141-64 (quire 9), La belle dame sans mercy. 800 lines. Complete. Text without headings. 20. Pp. 391-8 (begins quire 18), La complainte Maistre alain charretier. 184 lines. Complete. Lines 20 and 22 are transposed. The order of stanzas is: I-III, VII, IV-VI, VIII, X, IX, XI-XII. 22. Pp. 411-19 (ends quire 18), [Le Lay de Paix]. 248 lines. Lacks lines 77, 82, 126, 131, 136, 153-80, 206, 221, 274-5. Includes line 123a. Lines 22-3 and 24-5 are transposed. Lines 64-5 and 271-2 are inverted. Piaget discussed the imitations of the Belle Dame sans Mercy in Po and listed the manuscript in his bibliography of the poem itself. Po was used by Rice in his edition of the Breviaire des Nobles. The manuscript has not been examined before in detail. There is no mention of item 22, Le Lay de Paix, in the Arsenal catalogue or in the description published by Jeanroy and Droz. The text of the Debat de Reveille Matin in Po is most clearly associated with those in Xa, the first collected edition, and in Pk, a related manuscript. Po is very similar to Nq in its text of the Lay de Paix; at the same time, each of the two texts contains many individual readings. A relationship, albeit a more distant one, also exists between Po and Nq in the case of the Complainte, where Po again contains many readings peculiar to itself. When part of the Belle Dame sans Mercy was examined, it was found to contain a number of irregular lines. -- End --