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This manuscript in the Departement de Musique, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris—known as the ‘Chansonnier Nivelle de la Chaussée’—has been extensively documented by Woetman Christoffersen [1] as one of the ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers [2].

On f. 9v the song “Pour le mal qu’en vous je parçoy” Starts with a decorated initial, in which faintly a sinistral snail may be seen.

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A similar snail, with the tentacles clearly shown, may be found on f. 20r, as part of the song “Se ung peu d’esperance avoye”.

BNF RésVmsMS57_f20r_BNF RésVmcMs57_f20r_d

These decorated initials are hypothesised by Woetman Christoffersen to have been made in Paris or Tours and are dated in the 1460s.

Notes:
[1] Woetmann Christoffersen, P. (2013). The Copenhagen Chansonnier and the ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers. An open access project. Available at http://chansonniers.pwch.dk/index.html (27.i.2014).
[2] Fascimile in Gallica website, http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55007270r (permalink).

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