BL Sloane MS. 2027

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checked against microfilm, complete on 29-11-2003

  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: BL MS Sloane 2027
  • Matheson no.: 159
  • Date: ca. 1461-1473
  • Type of book: collection of instructional and historiographical texts
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 5
  • Contents: 1. Vegetius’ De re Militari, fols.1r-36r (ends imperfectly at chapter 24); 2. attrib. John Russell, Boke of Nurture, fols. 37r-52r; 3. Lydgate and Burgh Secrees of old Philisoffres, fols. 53r-92v; 4. Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle, fols. 97v-169v; 5. Brut chronicle, fols. 96v-97v (prologue), 170r-188v (ends imperfectly).
  • Writing support: paper
  • Watermark?: Close to Briquet 9481; e.g. fol. 94.
  • Book Construction:
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: iii+188+iv
    • Quires: i-ii18; iii16; iv24; v16; vi24; vii14; viii12;
    • Foliation: top right corner
    • Composite MS? unlikely
    • Booklets?: poss.
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): none visible from film.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): 3r-9r: iii-ix (fol. 5 corner missing, not visible); 20r-24r: ii-vj (fols. 25-27 corners missing, not visible); 37r-44r: j-viii; [52r: vjxx ix]; 54r-64r: ij-xij; 78r-83r ij-vij; 94r: xiii[j?] (trimmed slightly); 98r-109r: ii-xij; 114r: iii; 115r-121:v-j a; 127r-132r: ii-vij (fol. 131r also signed vij); 134r: w?; 136r: x ij; 140r: x vj; 158r-163: ij-vij; 166r-172: xi-xvj, (173r not visible), 174r: xviij?, 175r-183r: xix-xxvij. From fol. 98r-183r the quire signatures seem to be an attempt at foliation, and were prob. added later.
    • Damage?: Three quarters of fol. 1 torn away; outer margins of fol. 2 torn away, but no loss of text; outer corners of fols. 2-13, 18-32, 34- torn away, but no loss of text;
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: all items frames in lead. E.g. fol. 36r.
b. columns: 1
c. lines: item 1:  35-42; item 2: 28-34; item 3: 33-39; item 4: 34-42; item 5: (prologue): 38-39; (fols. 177-188): 34-40.

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page: 295 x 200 mm.
    • Writing space: 210 x150 mm.
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: late C15 Anglicana with mixture of Anglicana and Secretary ‘g’ forms (See Parkes, plates 3.ii and 11.ii).
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: item 1: fol. 1r: three line cap, flourished into top and side margin (prob. in red); rest of item: two-three line caps; chapter titles (prob. in red); line markers (poss. in red); side notes with chapter numbers (poss. in red); authorities underlines (prob. in brown); some end lines or words of chapters offset and rubricated (poss. in red); item 2: fol. 37: two line cap flourished into top and side margin (prob. in red); rest of item: two line caps (poss. in red); explicits and titles rubricated (poss. in red) in scrollwork; side notes rubricated (poss. in red); stanzas set apart by underlining, line markers and brackets (poss. in red or brown); item 3: as item 2 except: fol. 53r: four line cap with human face flourished into top and side margins (prob. in red); rest of item: three line caps (poss. in red); titles rubricated, some in scrollwork; items 4 and 5: spaces left for two or three line caps, with guide letters.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • 1r: ‘ms 1879’.
    • 2r: modern pressmarks, see fol. 1r; Latin prayers C15-16; ‘W[…] […]orlay of bibliotex[?]’, C15-16.
    • 3r: pen trials in Latin and English C17-18 e.g. ‘si deus est’; ‘John[?] teruw[…]a’, C15-16, poss. over erasure.
    •   4r: inverted: ‘Wyllyam holwyke in the old bayly in saynt polles parryse [c?t?]arfo[u?n?]der?] in the lettell bayly’, C15-16.
    • 16r: Latin prayer to Mary, C15.
    • 27r: pen trial
    • 36v: ‘if it be so that j must go and’, C15.
    • 37r: ‘ho’, C15.
    • 38r: pen trials.
    • 51r: pen trial; monograph J?
    • 57r: erased / cancelled marginalia; ‘mon[?] f[…]’, C15.
    • 58r: ‘resy’, C15-16.
    • 60r: monogram of letters ‘t’ and ‘b’.
    • 62r: ‘wylliam’, C15.
    • 62v: ‘Jugy’, C15.
    • 66r: ‘this page is reversed E.S’, Modern pencil.
    • 73r: ‘be me way’, C15.
    • 75v: ‘si deus est animus nobis’, C17-18, see fol. 3r.
    • 80r: pen trials C15-16.
    • 87r: inverted: ‘per John Jproctir’, ‘joh’,C15-16.
    • 88v: ‘In the best maner that J can j hath I’, C15.
    • 93r: ‘ryght welbelowed father and mother’, C16; ‘desyry[d?] +’, C15-16, pen trials.
    • 93v: pen trials.
    • 94r: ‘wylliam Braundon’, C15-16; pen trials.
    • 94v: pen trials.
    • 95r: ‘Rychard proctor tay […]octer’, C15-16; ‘wylliam wryght in kno[…] havth […]’, C16; ‘Wylliam Braundon of knoll in the [counte?]’, C15-16; ‘John prowctor’, C15-16; pen trials.
    • 95v: ‘Wylliam Braundon’, C15-16; ‘Jhsu Maria Jhu’, C15-16; ‘let a man dowat a can’, ‘let a man dowgt’ C16; ‘Thamas’ [twice] rough pen drawings of human faces; pen trials.
    • 96r: ‘jhu’ (twice), ‘jhsu maria’, C15-16; ‘ryght welbelowyd father’, C16 (see fol. 93r); ‘Thomas[?]’, C15-16; ‘Jhon the owner[?] wyllym’, C15-16; ‘sarten[?]’, C16; ‘let a man dowg’, ‘let a man dought’, ‘let a man dowght’, C16 (see fol. 95v); ‘wylliam Braundon of knoll in the counte of waryke [twice]’, C15-16; pen trials.
    • 97r: ‘John Osbvrn’ 1546’; ‘Jn the’, C15-16.
    • 98v: ‘John’ [twice], C16
    • 114r: ‘John’, C16 (see 98v).
    • 122r: ‘Jyn the beste man’, C15-16.
    • 131v: ‘si deus est animus’, C17-18.
    • 141r: ‘we’[?], C16.
    • 142r: ‘knoll in’, C16; ‘Rychard Pro[c?]ter’, C15-16.
    • 150v: ‘ryght ase the […]’, C16.
    • 159r: ‘S E W’, C16.
    • 161r; ‘Jhon’, C16.
    • End flyleaf (ir): ‘188 folio’, modern.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C15 gloss on fol. 174v.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): poss. John Proctor, William Proctor, William Holwyke, William Braundon, C15- C16, poss. William Wryght, John Osburn C16.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities:
  • Dialect: Item 4: Warwickshire; Item 5 is put slightly further North by LALME.
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.: vol. 1, p. 116; vol. 3, pp. 526-27.
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Peculiar Version’, group PV-1422:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 271, 274-77.
  • Evidence of exemplar:
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS: Brut text used to frame Robert of Gloucester’s Chronicle, see PB, p. 274.
  • 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 with additional material by Cath Nall. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:



TCD MS 506


College of Arms MS Arundel 8

Bodl. MS Laud Misc. 550
Bodl. MS Rawlinson Poet. 32


Furnivall, Frederick J., ed., Early English Meals and Manners,EETS OS 32 (1868; repr. Millwood: Kraus, 1973), pp. 117-99.
Lester, Geoffrey A., ed., The Earliest English Translation of Vegetius’ De Re Militari,Middle English Texts 21 (Heidelberg: Winter Universitätsverlag, 1988), p. 19.
Steele, Robert, ed., Lydgate and Burgh’s Secrees of Old Philisoffres,EETS ES 66 (1894; repr. Millwood: Kraus, 1973).

Secondary Texts:

Bickley, W. B., ed., The Register of the Guild of Knowle, the County of Warwick, 1451-1535 (Walsall, 1894), pp. xxiii, 99.

City of Birmingham Reference Library A663, A664.

Meale, Carol M, ‘Patrons, Buyers and Owners: Book Production and Social Status’, in Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475,ed. by Jere­my Griffiths and Derek Pearsall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), 201-38, pp. 216, 233-34, n.88.

Shrader, Charles R., ‘A Handlist of Extant Manuscripts Containing the De Re Militari of Flavius Vegetius Renatus’ Scriptorium, 33 (1979), 280-305, p. 303.

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