Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 323

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Contents

Manuscript Identity

Incipit:
In the noble lande of Surrye

Matheson Number:
2

Matheson Version:
Common Version to 1333 (CV-1333)

Matheson discusses the MS on pages:
80

Proposed date of MS production:
Mid-late C15

LALME reference (where provided):
not provided

Dialects evident in the MS:
E. Midlands (See Doyle, p. 38)

Possible locations for the MS production/ reception:
Not provided

Items in the MS:
4

Contents of the MS:
_Brut_ chronicle, fols. 1r-101v, colophon: _Deo Gracias_; 2): Langland, _Piers Plowman_, prologue-passus xi, fols. 102r-140r, colophon: _Explicit liber petrus plowman_; 3): _Charter of the Abbey of the Holy Ghost_, fols.140v-159v, colophon: _Abbathia sancta Spiritus here endi_ a book _at is cleped _e abbey of _e holy gooste _e whiche is founded in clene coscience_; 4): _Ipotis_ (ends imperfectly), fols. 160r-167v.

Languages used in the MS
Some Latin glosses.

Evidence of Exemplar?
To be added

Institutional Associations?
(E.g., household, religious house, library, private collection, etc.)
Library of Francis Douce

Suspected Association?
n/a

Related Manuscripts
(biobibliographically, textually, stemmatically and so on)
Langland, _Piers Plowman_, particularly early editions by Crowley and Whittaker, and editions of the C19-20; _Charter of the Abbey of the Holy Ghost_; _Ipotis_.

Manuscript Construction

Number of Scribes:
1

Leaves:
i + v + 167 + (i?); booklet inserted before front flyleaf consists of 5 fols. of modern paper.

Quiring:
i-viii12; ix14; x12; xi-xii16; xiii ?

Any blank leaves?
n/a

Foliation:
modern pencil top right corner. The modern foliation was originally in fives, and was supplemented later.

Booklets:
Not in construction; b. Inserted booklet of leaves at front: notes (by Francis Douce?), mostly on Piers Plowman, in a C19 hand, containing translations into mod. English and editorial observations on different mod. texts including Whittaker_s and Crowley_s editions, and _my ms 1404. 4to_, _my ms dupre. Folio_ (this ms). Purchase note: _I purchased this ms of m. dupre who had intended to publish a metrical version of piers plowman modernized of which I have prefaced a specimen in this volume. The rest he would not part with._ Also brief notes on the other texts.

Catchwords:
12v; 24v; 36v; 48v; 60v; 72v; 84v; 96v; 110v, 122v, 138v; 154v.

Quire Signatures:
13r-18r: b j-vj; 25r-30r: c j-vj [trimmed]; 37r-42r: d j-vj; 49r-54r: e j-vj [trimmed]; 61r-66r: f j-vj [trimmed]; 73r-78r: g j-vj [trimmed]; 85r-90r: h [trimmed]; 97r-101: jv [trimmed]; 111r-116r: k j-vj; 123r-128r: l j-vj [trimmed]; 139r-146r: m j- viij; 155r: n j.

Damage:
n/a

Mis-en-page:
a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) items 1-2): frames in ink up to fol. 110v; fols 111r-167v ruling not visible from film. b. columns: all items: 1 c. lines: item 1): 37-41; item 2): 29-34; item 3): 28-34; item 4): 28-32.

Page Dimension and Materials:
n/a

Writing Space:
a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) items 1-2): frames in ink up to fol. 110v; fols 111r-167v ruling not visible from film. b. columns: all items: 1 c. lines: item 1): 37-41; item 2): 29-34; item 3): 28-34; item 4): 28-32.

Watermark:
Unicorn_s head, like Briquet 15841-43 and Zonghi 783-91, after 1410.

Binding:
C19th?

Decoration and Rubrication

Border:
n/a

Initials:
fol. 1r: seven-line capital _I_ with knotwork decoration on stem; rest of item: three-line solid caps, prob. in red or blue; item 2: fol. 102r: approx seven-line solid capital _I_ in margin; ascenders of top line letters flourished into margin; rest of item: first letters of each line poss. touched in red or blue; item 4: three-line solid caps, poss. in red or blue;

Sketches:
n/a

Miniatures:
n/a

Rubrication:
item 1): chapter headings with numbers (numbers sometimes as side notes), prob. in red or blue, sometimes with spiral line markers, prob. in red or blue; double hyphens at ends of lines; catchwords rubricated in different styles of elaborate scrollwork with additions as follow: 24v with acanthus leaf, 48v coming from a beast_s mouth, 60v above and below a castle tower with window and human figure (illustrates the text), 72v coming from a beast_s mouth, 96v headband of crown (illustrates the text); colophon is rubricated with acanthus leaf to the right and a tree to the left. Hanging from the tree is an unidentified coat of arms surmounted by a scroll with the name Johannes Tubantisville in it; item 2: fol. 102r: ascenders of top line letters flourished into margin; rest of item: first letters of each line poss. touched in red or blue; side notes in Latin indicating passus divisions and events in the text (in formal script with lines); Latin phrases in text underlined, poss. in red or blue; catchwords rubricated in elaborate scrollwork; colophon in large formal letters with the letter _e_ in _explicit_ in the form of a bird or gryphon; line numbers (in fives) added in C20; item 3: chapter headings, poss. in red or blue with spiral line markers, poss. also in red or blue; Latin phrases in text underlined; occasional double hyphens; catchword on fol. 154v rubricated in scrollwork with two human faces: one smiling, the other vomiting into a bowl; line markers to indicate rhyme; Latin phrases and some proper names underlined.

Marginalia and Annotation

Annotation:
Front pastedown: mod. pressmark; bookplate of Francis Douce. Inserted booklet of leaves at front: notes (by Francis Douce?), mostly on Piers Plowman, in a C19 hand, containing translations into mod. English and editorial observations on different mod. texts including Whittaker_s and Crowley_s editions, and _my ms 1404. 4to_, _my ms dupre. Folio_ (this ms). Purchase note: _I purchased this ms of m. dupre who had intended to publish a metrical version of piers plowman modernized of which I have prefaced a specimen in this volume. The rest he would not part with._ Also brief notes on the other texts. 3r: _Boyus es domine et iij bonitate tua Jndicas [?]_, C15-16. 8r: _duke_, _sale_, C16. 55r: religious maxim, C16. 61r: religious maxim, C16. 66r: _benet_, _bennet_, C16. 74r: _the hand [_]_, C16-17. 105v: _Odibile_, _Odibile bonaig pac nolas_, _George Dukell_, C16-17. 147r: Latin maxim, C16. 163v: _Nolo Mortem_, C16-17 (comp. fol. 105v). C15 glosses and _nota_ on fols. 1r, 107v-108r (with maniculae), 108v, 109r, 139r (poss. scribal), 151r, 157v, 163v. C17-18 gloss on fols. 105v (Latin). C19-20 glosses on fols. 23v, 102r, 129v-130v (130v with maniculum), 131v, 132v, 140r. C19-20: page numbers (prob. relating to a modern edition) added at the top of recto fols. 116r-131r. Cancelled text (e.g. _pope_ replaced with _bishop_, _seynt_ [Thomas] _of canterbury_ replaced with _beket_) on fols. 35r-v, 36r, 52r, 52v-53r, 54v, 55r-58r, 59r, 60v, 73v, 92r, 96r. Marginal _+_s on fols. 104v, 105v, 108r, 121r, 127r, 134r, 160v.

Evidence of erasures:
56r: erased or faint marginalia; 109r: erased marginalia.

Underlining:
n/a

Graffiti (pen trials etc):
10r: pen trials, C15-16; 162r: pen trials, C16.

References, Acknowledgements and Credits

Secondary references

Editions

Fanning, Clare Elizabeth, The Charter of the Abbey of the Holy Ghost: a Critical Edition from all Known Extant Manuscripts with Introduction, Notes and Glossary</e,>, dissertation, (Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1975).
Kane, George, ed., <em>Piers Plowman: The A Version
, rev. edn (London: Athlone; Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), p. 3

Secondary Texts:

Doyle, A. I. "Remarks on Surviving Manuscripts of Piers Plowman", in Medieval English Religious and Ethical Literature: Essays in Honour of G. H. Russell, ed. by Gregory Kratzmann and James Simpson (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1986), 35-48.
Sutton, Josephine D., "Hitherto unprinted manuscripts of the Middle English Ipotis", PMLA 31 (1916), pp. 114-160.

Associated MSS according to Matheson:

UK
NLW MS Peniarth 398D; BL MS Harley 3945; Rylands MS Eng. 103; Rylands MS Eng. 206; Bodl. MS Rawl. B.171 ; Bodl. MS Rawl. C.155.
USA
Gordan MS 63

Acknowledgements: n/a

Described by:
Jason O'Rourke; adapted and updated by Ryan Perry.

Date of description:
October 2003; September 2005

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