Manuscript and Print Sources of the Text of François Villon's Works
I have chosen anything I can find on line, and have added from my own work. The list will grow.


Abbreviations: BJ = Ballades en Jargon, L = Lais, PV = Poèmes Variés (in Rychner-Henry), PD = Poésies Diverses (in Longnon-Foulet and Mühlethaler-Hicks), T = Testament

A: MS. Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal 3523 (formerly B.L.F 316): description  

Paper. Last quarter of the fifteenth century, containing the following works by Villon:

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T no. 29 pp. 647-718

PVx no. 30
pp. 719-20

L no. 31 pp. 721-33

      
B: MS. Paris, BNF fonds français 1661 (
formerly 7652), containing the following work by Villon:  description

Paper. Fifteenth century, sometime after 1464,
containing the following work by Villon:

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L___ no. 18 fols. 236r-240v


Br: MS Bruxelles Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique VI 451.

Parchment. Copeid in 1568

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T1422-56
No. 110
fol. 110r & v
 
T1457-72
No. 111
fol. 112r
 
T1473-1506
No. 112
fols. 112r-13r
 
T1507-14
No. 113
fol. 113r
 
T1378-1405
No. 114
fols. 113v-14r
 
T1515-42
No. 115
fol. 114r & v
 
T1691-1719
No. 116
fol. 115r & v
 
L
No. 117
fols. 115v-20v
 
BJvi
No. 118
fol. 121r & v
 
BJi
No. 119
fols. 121v-22r
 
BJii
No. 120
fols. 122v-23r
 
BJv
No. 121
fol. 123r & v
 
T
No. 122
fols 124r-41r
 
PVxv
No. 123
fol. 141r & v
 
PVxiv
No. 124
fol. 141v
 
PVxi
No. 125
fol. 142r & v
 
PVxiii
No. 126
fols. 142v-43v
 
PVxvi
No. 127
fols. 143v-44v

PViv
Nos. 128/29
fols. 144v-45r
 
PVix
No. 130
fols. 145v-46r
 
PVv
No. 131
fol. 146r &  v

Om. from L: vv. 25-72, 177-84, 197, 281-320.
Om. from T: vv. 1-1069, 1118-25, 1378-1405, 1422-1542, 1551-58, 1623, 1768-75, 1784-1805, 2003-23.
Om. from PViv: v. 7.


C: MS. Paris,  BNF fonds français 20041 (
formerly fonds Saint-Germain 1662): description

Paper. Fifteenth century, sometime after 1463. Most frequently cited "best text"

    facsimile of T.327-52,  from MS Paris BNF fr. 20041]     


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PVxi
No. 2
fol. 107v

L
No. 3
fol. 108r

PVxv
No. 4
fol. 112v

T
No. 5
fol. 113r

 PVxii
No. 6
fol. 152r

PVx
No. 7
fol. 152v



Cc: MS. Chantilly Bibliothèque Condé, 723 (
formerly 715),   description 1, 2

    Paper. 1482 or after,
containing the following work by Villon:

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PVxi
fol. 118

    The library housed in the Château de Chantilly


Dm: MS Dijon Bibliothèque Municipale 517 (formerly 295)  description   

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T978-89
no. 38
fol. 42v (Rom.an)


F: MS. Stockholm, Kungliga Biblioteket, V.u.22 (formerly French LIII)  description

Paper. Fifteenth century, sometime after 1477,
containing the following works by Villon:

__ T1515-42
no. 3
fol. 2v

PVii
no. 5
fol. 3v

T1591-1627
no. 36
fol. 21r

T1422-56
no. 39
fol. 22v

PVv
no. 42
fol. 24r

BJvii
no. 43
fol. 25r

BJviii
no. 44
fol. 25v

BJix
no. 45
fol. 26r

BJx
no. 46
fol. 26v

BJxi
no. 47
fol. 27r

L
no. 55
fols. 29r-33v

PVxiii
no. 56
fol. 34r & v

PVxi
no. 57
fol. 35r

PVxvi
no. 58
fol. 35v

PVxv
no. 59
fol. 36r

T
no. 60
fols. 37r-62v

PVxiv
no. 61
fol. 67r

PVvi
no. 63
fol. 70r

Image of fol. 37r with the beginning of T


H: MS Berlin, Staatliche Museen der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kupferstichkabinett, Signatur 78 B 17 (formerly Hamilton 674)

Parchment. After 1470, but probably not after 1485.

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PViv
No. 16
fol. 30r & v

PVviii
No. 31
fol. 39r & v

T1422-56
No. 39
fols. 41v-42r

T1591-1627
No. 43
fols. 45v-46r

T978-89
No. 472
fol. 160r & v

    Called the "Rohan Chansonnier". See pp. 38-100 of Poetic Anthologies of Fifteenth-Century France...    


HK: MS The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek 124 G 20

Fifteenth Century

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T978-89
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fol. 131v


I: London, British Library IA 39903. Paris, BNF Rés Ye 238 and Rés Ye 245, (3 copies)
Illustrations de Le Grant testament Villon et le petit (1489)
a few pages from a gothic edition published in Paris (1490)
2 J[ehan] Trepperel incunabula, published in Paris in 1497 and 1500.  

Pierre Levet's editio princeps of Villon's works, a gothic type face incunable, published in 1489. In editing tradition, "I" also stands for Levet's manuscript source(s). It
contains the following works by Villon:

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T
no. 1
fols. a1v-g-v

PVxv
no. 2
fol. g1v-g2r

PVxiv
no. 3
fol. g2v

PVxi
no. 4
fol. g3r & v

PVxiii
no. 5
fol. g4r & v

PVxvi
no. 6
fols. g4v-g5r

PViv
no. 7
fols. g5v-g6r

PVv
no. 8
fol. g6r & v

PVvi
no. 9
fols. g6v-g7r

BJi
no. 10
fols. g7v-g8r

BJii
no. 11
fol. g8r & v

BJiii
no. 12
fols. g8v-h1v

BJiv
no. 13
fols. h1v-h2r

BJv
no. 14
fol. h2r & v

BJvi
no. 15
fols. h2v-h3r

L
no. 16
fols. h3r-h8v


J: Paris, BNF Rés Ye 168 and Rés Ye 169

Jardin de plaisance et fleur de rhétorique. [S.l.] Antoine Vérard, 1501 (fac simile Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1910),
containing the following works by Villon:

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PVxv
no. 448
fols. 107v-108r

PVxi
no. 449
fol. 108r

PVxiii
no. 450
fol. 108r & v

PVxvi
no. 451
fol. 108v

PVv
no. 452
fols. 108v-109r

*PDvi
no. 453
fol. 109r

T1422-56
no. 454
fol. 109r

T1591-1627
no. 455
fol. 109r & v

PVvi
no. 456
fol. 109v

PVviii
no. 643
fol. 200v

*the rondeau "Jenin l'anemy" is not edited by Rychner-Henry. J is its only source.


K: MS. København, Kongelige Bibliotek, fonds de Thotts Saml. 59, 2º.

Paper. 1522 or after. Described on pp. 117-19 of Description des manuscrits français du moyen âge de la Bibliothèque Royale de Copenhague (click on right "Thotts Saml.", then on " 59,2o"),
containing the following work by Villon:

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T872-902
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fol. 59r


N: MS. Paris BNF français 2206 (formerly 80012)

Paper. Sixteenth century, after 1562, described on pp. 379-85 of  Catalogue des manuscrits français. Tome Premier: Ancien Fonds. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1868 (In "choisir" menu, pick "1 à 3130"). It contains the following work by Villon:

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PVviii
no. 190
fol. 181r


Niv:  MS Paris, BNF, Rés. Vmc. 57: description - Chansonnier Nivelle de la Chaussée

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T978-89 no. 54
fols.  67v-68r


O1: MS. Paris BNF français 25458 (formerly La Vallière 193)

Parchment. Last dated poem, February 14, 1458.

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PVi
no. 123a
pp. 154-58

PVii
no. 123e
pp. 163-64

PViii
no. 123f
p. 164

    It belonged to Charles d'Orléans. See Mary-Jo Arn, supra.


O2: MS. Paris BNF français 1104 (formerly 73574)

Vellum. Between 1458 and 1465.

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PVi ---
fols. 28v-29r

PVii
fol. 30r

PViii
fol. 30r

T1591-1627

fol.113v

    Last poem omits vv. 1623 and 1626.


P:  MS. Paris BNF français 1719 (formerly 76863)

Paper. End of fifteenth century or beginning of sixteenth

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T1422-56
No. 465
fol. 151v

T1238-65
No. 466
fol. 152v

T329-56
No.  467
fol. 153r

T357-84 No. 468
fol. 153v

PViv No. 469
fol. 154r

T1591-1627
No. 470
fol. 155r

PVv
No. 471
fol. 155v

PVvi
No. 472
fol. 156r

T1968-95
No. 473
fol. 157r

PVxv
No. 474
fol. 157v

PVxi
No. 475
fol. 158r

PVxiii
No. 476
fol. 159r

T1473-1506
No. 477
fol. 159v

PVx
No. 479
fol. 161r

PVxvi
No. 480
fol. 161v


Pa: MS. Paris BNF français 833 (formerly 72152.2)

Parchment. Late fifteenth or early sixteenth century

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PVix
No. 27
193a


R: MS. Paris BNF  français 12490 (formerly Ancien Supplément Français 208)

Paper. Sixteenth century, after 1514.  Partial description in "Lenglet's Sources".

       "Ballades extraictes du testament et codicille maistre Francois Villon"
       The manuscript contains 23 of Villon's fixed-form poems, likely copied from an early printed edition
        (except for PVviii, and the absence of BJi-vi)


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T329-56
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fol. 84r

T329-56
fol. 85r

T385-412

fol. 85v

T625-80

fol. 86r

T873-909

fol.  87r

T1238-73

fol. 87v

T1422-56

fol. 88r

T1473-1506

fol. 89r

T1515-42

fol. 89v

T1591-1627

fol. 90r

T1692-1719

fol. 158r

T1884-91

fol.  91v

T1892-1903

fol.  92r

 T1968-95

fol.  92v

 PVxv

fol. 92v

 PVxiv

fol. 93v

 PVxi

fol. 94r

Pxiii

fol. 94r

 PVxvi

fol. 95r

 PViv

fol. 96r

PVv

fol. 96v

PVvi

fol. 97v

PVviii

fol. 98r

Explicit

fol. 98v


S: MS. Paris BNF français 2375 (formerly 8060)

Paper. Very late fifteenth century or early sixteenth century.

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PVviii
No. 8
fol. 42r & v



T: MS. Paris, BNF français 24315 (formerly fonds La Vallière 65)

Paper. Sixteenth century, after 1560. Described on pp. 314-17 of Bibliothèque nationale (France). Département des manuscrits, Catalogue général des manuscrits français (1902), containing the following works by Villon:

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PVxi
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fol. 69r & v

PVviii

fol. 111r


Tn: [MS Turin Biblioteca Nazionale K II 361] (destroyed by fire in 1904, information gathered through Allessandro Vitale Brovarone, "Un Nuovo Codice de François Villon," Moyen Français 3 (1978), 85-88). The manuscript contained BJx, BJvii, PVv (Ballade des proverbes", and PVxvi (Request à la cour du Parlement).


Wc: MS. Washington D.C., Library of Congress M2 1.L25 Case (formerly Paris, Bibliothèque du Marquis de Laborde)  description 1, 2.

Vellum. After 1470,
containing the following work by Villon:

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T978-89
no. 72
*fols. 88v-89r

*Strunk foliation. Table of contents shows fols. 83v-84r.



Repues Franches (BNF Rés. Ye-1305): Recueil des repues franches de Maistre Françoys Villon    incunable



Source Descriptions and Other Relevant Bibliography



ABCFI+: These editions describe and discuss sources consulted:

    August Longnon (1892, pp. lxxx-xciii)

    W. G. C. Bijvanck edition of L. (1892, pp. 18-114)

CJR: Lenglet-Dufresnoy's Sources

Alden, Jane. Reading the loire valley chansonniers.

Arn, Mary-Jo. The Poet's Notebook: The Personal Manunscript of Charles d'Orléans. Tests and Translations, 3. Turnhout: Brepolis, 2008 [thorough codicilogical study].

Chaney, E. F. "Francois Villon: A note on his manuscripts." Bulletin of the John Rylands Library (1947)

Peckham,
Robert D.  François Villon: A Bibliography, Garland Medieval Bibliographies, 3. New York & London: Garland Publishers, Inc., 1990, 7-27 [for the number of official textual sources described (manuascripts and early printed editions), the most comprehensive resource in print].

Sewright, Kathleen Frances. Poetic Anthologies of Fifteenth-century France and Their Relationship to Collections of the French Secular Polyphonic Chanson. Chaple Hill: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Music Doctoral Publisher, 2008.

NEW VILLON MANUSCRIPT from The National Library of Russia. Informtion will come from an article by Olivier Delsaux in a 2014 issue of Le Moyen Français.

More to come.

Robert D. Peckham, Ph.D.
Director, The Globe-Gate Intercultural Web Project
University of Tennessee at Martin
bobp@utm.edu

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