"¶ Speculum Vite xpi
O [rubricator’s error for A]t þe bigynnynge þe proheme of the Book þt is cleped þe mirour
of þe blissed lif ihesu criste ¶ þe firste parte for þe moneday", fol. 1, (heads Table of Contents).
For an image of fol 1 see the Digital Scriptorium.
"Drede ∴ Shame & Thynk on", fol. 105r, penned beneath the explicit.
"How þt mawdelyne & oþre maries came to þe Graue Cam 41m", fol. 2r (Table of Contents).
"...Amen. Amen. Amen.
Ihesu lorde þi blissed lif, helpe & conforte oure wrecch[ed lif] Amen.
¶ Explicit speculum v[ite xpi] (leaf is damaged)", fol 105r.
For an image of fol. 105 see the Digital Scriptorium.
"Written in England in the first half of the fifteenth century. Said by E. M. Thompson, The Carthusian Order in England (London 1930) 331 and 339 to have once belonged to Mount Grace because of its later Ingilby ownership; however, the manuscript seems to have entered the Ingilby library at a relatively late date, given the frequence of other sixteenth century ownership notes. Notes and pen trials include: f. 21, s. XV, in plummet, recorded in the 1930s, but no longer visible, “F a mersy quod s”; in the same hand apparently, and only barely visible, f. 36v, “W. Saxy.” In late sixteenth century hands are: f. 1v, twice, “Christofer ”; f. 80, “Thys indenteuer mayd þe xiiii day of fabruary in the xi year of the reayne of oure soferayng lady Elezabeth by the g.” (1569); f. 96v, “Wylliam Barkar est verus possessor,” “William Barkar ons this booke” 3 times (possibly the Cambridge scholar, William Barker, fl. 1572); f. 97, “Thys Indenture mayd the xxiii day of iuli in the xi day [sic] of the reande of our soferyegn lady Quen,” and, in a different hand, “Thomas Allyn of ronla ys a good felo honorificatibilitudinitatibus ” (this same playful word in New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, MS 60, f. 141); f. 106v, “Peter sa ”; f. 107, a copy of a receipt in which “Lorances Baynes” is paid for one close for a term of 6 years, to be occupied by “Rychard Stewenson,” 18 October 1556. Belonged to Sir William Henry Ingilby (1874-1950); his sale, Sotheby’s, 21 October 1920, lot 160; Sotheby’s, 30 January 1922, lot 876 to Archer; Sotheby’s, 31 July 1922, lot 627 to Maggs; Maggs Catalogue 456 (1924) n. 268. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington from A. S. W. Rosenbach in February 1926." (From Huntington Catalogue Description).
There are few signs as to whether this might be a professional production, or a production that might be connected to a religious house.
Huntington Catalogue Description
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37) p. 105.
Historical Manuscripts Commission 6th Report, App. (1877) pp. 355-56.
K.L. Scott, 'The Illustration and Decoration of Manuscripts of Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ’, Nicholas Love at Waseda, eds. Shoichi Oguro, Richard Beadle and Michael G. Sargent (1997), p. 71.
Intro. 97, 107, 110-11, 140.
Please note: Descriptions of Mirror MSS are indebted to: Nicholas Love, The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ: A Full Critical Edition, ed. by Michael G. Sargent (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2005)