BL Harley MS. 2256

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checked against microfilm.

  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: BL MS Harley 2256
  • Matheson no.: 75
  • Date(s): C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-202v.
  • Writing support: paper and parchment; parchment used as wrappers for paper quires.
  • Watermark?: None visible
  • Book Construction: Paper is quarto
  • Collation: tentative from microfilm:
    • No of leaves: i (?) + 206 fols. + i(?); the first of the front flyleaves is prob. modern paper; 1*-203 and 2*-204 are parchment bifolia which wrap the Brut; although they are C15, and were prob. added early in the lifetime of the manuscript, they may not be original to the production; fols. 2* and 204v may have been pastedowns; the back flyleaf is prob. mod. paper.
    • Quires: i-xi12; xii11 (wants 1); xiii12; xiv11 (wants 1); xv12; xvi10 (wants 2).
    • Foliation: mod. pencil? top right corner; the original front flyleaves are foliated 1* and 2*
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 10v, 22v, 34v, 46v, 56v, 68v, 80v, 92v, 104v, 116v, 128v, 140v, 151v, 163v, 174v, 186v, 196v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): signed on leading edges, a-s, j-vj.
    • Damage?: N/A
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames and lines poss. in ink.
b. columns: 1, except John Page’s Poem (fols. 189r-193v) in double columns.
c. lines: 30

  • Ink: N/A
  • Dimensions:
    • front board: N/A
    • Folio / page: 270mm x 205mm approx.
    • Writing space: 205mm x 150mm approx.
    • Binding: N/A
    • Decoration?: N/A
    • Artist?: N/A
    • No. of Scribes: 1
    • Named scribes?:N/A
    • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Anglicana with some secretary influence; double compartment ‘a’ and ‘g’; looped ascenders on ‘d’ backwards 'e'.
    • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:N/A
    • Compiler?:N/A
    • Rubrication, sigla: Fol. 1r: 4-line solid cap on background with foliage into ¾ of top and inner margin, prob. in colours; rest of ms: 2-line solid caps, prob. in blue with pen flourishing into margin, prob. in red; chapter headings with line markers in various styles, prob. in red; proper names and dates underlined, prob. in red; occasional side notes (poss. added in C16); catchwords rubricated in half-boxes; John Page’s Poem (fols. 189r-193v) set out as verse with couplet markers in double columns.
    • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: modern pressmark
    • 1*v: musical score, pen trials and maxims in Latin and Greek, C17?
    • 2*r: ‘Rouland Lathum’, ‘Rouland’, monograms, C15;  erased marginalia, C15?; ‘Dedit dor?’, C16?;  modern pressmarks.
    • 2*v: ‘Thomas Godwyn’, C17?; ‘Thomas linacer’, C17.
    • 5r: ‘John he’, pen trials C16.
    • 5v: modern librarian’s note.
    • 15r: ‘John thomassome […] the fowrth of the […]’, C16.
    • 80r: religious maxim in Latin, C16, comp. 15r.
    • 106r: religious maxim in verse, ‘probatn’, C16.
    • 131r: ‘John ff[…]’ erased, C16.
    • 152r: ‘Jho John Awdeley squier’, C15.
    • 187v, 189v: librarian’s notes, modern.
    •  198r: […] henre his sone bo[?] ne md wm […]’, C16.
    • 202v: pen trials, C16.
    • 203r: cancelled marginalia: ‘Be hit knowento all Crysten men þt y Rych Deuenysshe be come d[…] sere[…] the y[ear?] the viij day of Nouembre þe yere of kyng herry vjte þe first yere’; ‘Thomas [Abington?] [sainctt?] [?]’, C16.
    • 203v: Maxims in Latin, eg. 'Actipe librum cum multo fenore', C15-C16.
    • 204r: Pen trials, C15; erased memorandum.
    • 204v: Pentrials, Latin etc.
    • Back flyleaf (ir): modern librarian’s note.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C16 glosses on fols. 15r, 20r, 22v (erased), 23r, 27r, 42v, 45r, 46r, 48r, 57r, 64v, 66v, 68v, 70r, 79v, 81r, 97r, 115v, 141v.
    • Cancelled text (‘pope’ etc) on fols. 75r-v, 76v-79r, 80r.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage: N/A
  • Later ownership(s): poss. Rouland Lathum, John Awdely, in C15; poss. Rych[ard] Deuenysshe, John Tomassome, in C16; poss. Thomas Godwyn, Thomas linacer in C17.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities: Various Latin maxims etc. recorded on MS.
  • Dialect: N/A
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural: N/A

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Common Version’, group CV-1430 JP:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 135-136, 138-145.
  • Evidence of exemplar: N/A
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS: N/A
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions: N/A
  • Decoration: N/A
  • Translation, language: N/A

 

Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is from microfilm work by J O’R. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB. Revised by Ryan Perry.

Select Bibliography for this MS

MSS:

UK

Cambridge
CUL MS Ee.4.31
London
BL MS Cotton Galba E.viii
BL MS Harley 266
Norfolk
Holkham Hall MS 670

5: Notes
Quire sigs. are written in a very large script, approx. twice the size of the narrative script.

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