BL Additional MS. 12030

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: BL MS Add. 12030
  • Matheson no: 100
  • Date(s): C15 (second half?)
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-167v.
  • Writing support: paper
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction:
  • Collation: tentative, from film:
    • No of leaves: ii(?) + 168 fols + i(?)
    • Blank leaves: none
    • Quires: i-xv12 (according to the quire sigs. there may be a singleton between ii and viii, and a singleton after xii).
    • Foliation: mod. pencil, top right corner,; fol. missed after 97 (97a in this description); alternative pagination (C19?) top outer corners, cancelled on recto leaves.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): no
    • Quire signatures? (where?): quires signed on leading edges, from 1-6, but mostly trimmed away: 15r: biij;  87r-90r: h iij-vj; 108r-116r: k j-vj; 120r: l j;
    • Damage?: bottom outer corners of fols 1-2 cut away without loss of text.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames and lines, prob. in lead or crayon. Prickings visible.
b. columns: 1
c. lines:36

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Secretary with Anglicana features (e.g. ‘w’ and ‘d’ with looped ascender); ‘2’-shaped ‘r’, otiose strokes particularly after ‘d’ and ‘r’.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: fol. 1r: 6-line cap infilled with foliage, and flourished into top and side margins, prob. in colours; rest of ms: 2-line solid caps, not infilled or flourished, poss. in blue; chapter headings, poss. in red or blue, with 1-line solid caps, poss. in blue; chapter numbers in margin; side notes, double slashes in text; double hyphens at ends of lines; some ascenders of top line letters extended into margin (e.g. fols. 95r, 97a v). Running titles added in C17-18? from fol. 81r (William the Conqueror) poss. by R. Leycester?
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: modern pressmarks, purchase note  for £15 - 5 - 0 with text ‘autograph of the ?hand of Leicester on the front page’, C19.
    • Front flyleaf (iir): ‘from Gavin (?f)ed’s library.’, C19?
    • Front flyleaf (ii verso): contents notes with page numbers, C19.
    • 1r: ‘R Leycester’, C17-18?
    • 54v: ‘in the name of god amen’, C15-16.
    • 75r: ‘cossyn … edythe’, C16.
    • 103r: pen trials, C15-16.
    • 107v: pen trials, C15-16.
    • 108r: ‘John Byeres’, (Eyeres?), C16; ‘?John bontry’, ‘J haue … dauid’, pen trials, C16.
    • 111r: Latin maxim, C17.
    • 155v: beginning of a letter, C16.
    • 156v: ‘yf thow be greuyd thynke one hym that the redemyd / jentyll culpeper remember thy redemer’, C16.
    • 161r: ‘thys ys my boke wylliam [cancelled]  ?lower plowmer in london’, C16.
    • 162r: ‘Jhus’, ‘J R’, ‘Jhus 1544 the 18’.
    •  167v: beginning of letter, C16.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C17-18 glosses (prob. by R. Leycester) on fols. 6r-12r, 14v-24r, 25r, 27r-v, 31r, 32r, 33r-v, 36v, 43v, 44r-45r, 46v-49r, 50v, 52r, 57r, 58v, 109r, 110r-v, 112v-113v, 114v, (146r, 155v-156v, 157v.
    • C15-16 glosses on fols. 20r, 27r, 99r (Latin), 100v (Latin), 117v, 167r.
    • C16 glosses on fols. 151r, 153v.
    • Marginal ‘+’ at fol. 52r.
    • Cancelled marginalia on fol. 69r.
    • C19 gloss on fol. 167v.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): William, C16; R. Leycester, C17-18.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities: C15-16 glosses in Latin and English
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Extended Version’, group EV1419:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 177, 179-80.
  • Evidence of exemplar:
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions:
  • Decoration:
  • Translation, language:

 

Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is based on Microfilm work by J O’R. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:

MSS:

Japan

Tokyo
Takamiya MS 12

UK

London
BL MS Harley 24
Manchester
Rylands MS Eng. 105
Oxford
Bodl. MS Rawl. B.187
Bodl. MS Tanner 188

USA

Cambridge, MA
Harvard MS Richardson 35

Secondary Texts:
Brown, Peter, and Elton D. Higgs, The Index of Middle English Prose. Handlist V: A Handlist of Manuscripts Containing Middle English Prose in the Addi­tional Collection (10001-14000) British Library, London (Cambridge: Brewer, 1988), p. 42.

Notes:

William’s cancelled surname on fol. 161r may be visible under UV?

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