BL Harley MS. 4690

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: BL MS Harley 4690
  • Matheson no.: 194
  • Date(s): C15
  • Type of book: collection of historiographical texts
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 2
  • Contents: item 1: Brut chronicle, fols. 4r-108r; item 2: Richard Coeur de Lion, fols. 109r-118r
  • Writing support: parchment
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation: tentative, from film:
    • No of leaves: iii(?) + 118 fols. + i front and back flyleaves are C18, prob. paper; fols. 1-2 are C15 flyleaves.
    • Blank leaves: 108v-109va; 118v.
    • Quires: i10 (prob. 8 + 2); ii-vii8 viii7 (wants 1); ix-xiii8; after fol. 106v the situation is unclear from film.
    • Foliation: modern pencil; top right corner (description uses this set); alternative set also in top right corner, cancelled.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 11v, 19v, 27v, 35v, 43v, 51v, 59v, 66v, 74v, 82v, 90v, 98v, 106v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): quires signed on leading edges next to first and last line of text in col. b, j-iiij, no letters.
    • Damage?: outer margins of fols. 1-2 torn away; outer corners of fol. 110 torn away without loss of text; bottom outer corner of fol. 115 torn away with some loss of text.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames, prob. in lead
b. columns: 2
c. lines: 40-42

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding: turnovers bordered in gilt, front and back pastedowns have gilt arms (family unknown at present) stamped.
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Anglicana: double-compartment ‘a’ and ‘g’, ‘d’ has looped ascenders.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: Item 1: spaces left for 3-line caps, with guide letters; chapter headings without numbers, prob. in red, sometimes rubricated in brackets prob. in red, sometimes with spiral line markers, prob. in red; running titles, poss. in red; occasional side notes, poss. in red; catchwords rubricated in boxes or half-boxes;  Battle of Halidon Hill (fols.82rb-82va), wards are in a list, with spiral line markers and brackets prob. in red. Item 2: space left, prob. for heading on fol. 109rb; space left, poss. for 1-line cap on fol. 117va.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: heraldic arms.
    • Flyleaf (iir): modern pressmarks.
    • 1r: ‘Jan. 25 1728. This ms. belongs to Dr. Richard Rawlinson, who lend it me. Tho: Hearne’.
    • 2r: ‘James haword is booke’, C16; ‘This ms I bought in mr. Rawlinsons sale 1734’; pen trials, C16; faint marginalia, poss. in Latin.
    • 2v: ‘Constat wh[…]’, ‘[…] Jane master chetley’, C15; ‘This is James haword is booke Re corde of Thomas flory And of Thomas de And of manye word he that stole this book shal be han’, cancelled marginalia, C16; pen trials, C16.
    • 3r: ‘nominbus xpi fidelibus ad quos presens scriptus nidentat prouenit walter Newburgh fit Thome Newburgh de Berkeley an co ffrome […]’, C15; ‘domerint vnd p pntes not’, C15; ‘the memorable chronicle written by John Douglas munke of glastonburye Abbey’, C15; ‘James haword is booke recore of Tomas de And of mani more’, C16; Latin indenture, C16?; ‘this is James haword is booke [bei?] word of J[on?]emen Lambard and of hary leke and of many more 1562’, ‘1562’ (3 times); ‘ma esperaunce ma [?]’, C15?; ‘Constat roger newburgh testante muler Alms jn alte donn Vater Newburgh’, C15.
    • 3v: ‘jn n’, C15.
    • 4r: ‘Oxford BH’, C18?
    • 5v: ‘james haword ‘, C16; ‘Michil pepen’, C16.
    • 40v-45r (alternating on each fol.): ‘james haword’,‘Michil pepen’, C16.
    • Back flyleaf (1r): librarian’s note, 1893.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C17-18 glosses on fol. 54v.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage: C15: Roger Newburgh (poss. Newburgh family).
  • Later ownership(s): James Haword, 1562; Dr. Richard Rawlinson, 1728-34.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc: poss. Glastonbury Abbey in C15.
  • Language(s); translation activities: Brut translated by Mandeville from the French; marginalia in Latin and French.
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural: ms was poss. copied at Glastonbury Abbey, rural, religious house; C15: Berkeley nr Frome, Wilts.; Rural.

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Peculiar Version’, group JM-1333. See Matheson, PB, pp. 328-330, 332-334 .
  • Evidence of exemplar: Matheson posits a change of exemplar after 1333, see PB, p. 334.
  • 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 from microfilm work by J O’R. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:

MSS:

UK

London
College of Arms MS Arundel 58
BL MS Harley 2279

Notes:

Thomas Newburgh, father of Walter, is located at Berkeley nr. Frome in Somerset.

The ascription of the ms’ provenance to Glastonbury is prob. spurious.

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