Bodleian Library MS. Tanner 188

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checked against microfilm.

  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Bodl. MS Tanner 188 [SC 10014]
  • Matheson no.: 103
  • Date(s): C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items:
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-127v, begins and ends imperfectly.
  • Writing support: parchment
  • Watermark?: no
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation: tentative, from microfilm.
    • No of leaves: i + 127 (+ i?) fols.
    • Blank leaves:
    • Quires:
    • Foliation: modern, top right corner (misfoliated after fol. 5, poss. due to loss of fols., but with alternative set – this description follows the latter).
    • Composite MS?
    • Booklets?:
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 5v, 10v, 15v, 22v, 30v, 35v, 53v, 58v, 61v, 72v. problematic, due to extensive damage and the scribe’s tendency to write the last few words of the fol. at the right gutter, so they are easy to confuse with catchwords on film.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): none visible.
    • Damage?: extensive: holes, primarily in centre, and lower margins, of fols. 26-34, 58-71, 74-76, 85, 96, with loss of text; fols. 35, 107-109 buckled.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames.
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 33-40

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding: C19? leather; outer borders of board blind(?) tooled; central panel with floral border, prob. in colours and gilt; 5 raised bands.
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?: no
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Anglicana; holograph.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: two line solid or cross-hatched caps with cross-hatching into margins; spaces left for chapter headings and poss. numbers.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: modern pressmarks.
    • Front flyleaf (i verso): ‘Brute or the chronicle of Engl. Continued to ii Ric .2. [imperf.]’, C19.
    • 10v: ‘itmb[?]’ ‘xiij’, C15?; ‘exn’, C15 prob. scribal.
    • 11r: pen trials: C15.
    • 17r: ‘heare begineth A Carlin in his workes’, C18?
    • 27v-28r: pen trials, C16?
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C15 glosses (some are poss. scribal corrections) on fols. 15r,  34r, 47r, 49r, 58r.
    • C16 glosses on fols. 49v, 57v, 61v, 125r.
    • Marginal ‘+’s at fol. 57r.   
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s):
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities:
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Extended Version’, group EV-1419:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 183-187.
  • 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 largely based on SC. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:


Takamiya MS 12

BL MS Add. 12030
BL MS Harley 24
Rylands MS Eng. 105
Bodl. MS Rawl. B.187

Cambridge, Mass.
Harvard MS Richardson 35

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