British Library Additional MS. 33242

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: BL MS Add. 33242
  • Matheson no: 35
  • Date(s): C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-164v, begins and ends imperfectly.
  • Writing support: parchment
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: i + 164 + i? fols.
    • Blank leaves: flyleaves
    • Quires: i-xx8
    • Foliation: modern pencil in top right corner (description uses this set); older foliation in ink also in top right corner, cancelled, commencing at 25.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 8v, 16v, 24v, 32v, 40v, 48v, 56v, (catchword not present at 64v), 72v, 80v, (not present at 88v), 96v, 104v, 112v, 120v, 128v, 136v, 144v, 152v, 160v,
    • Quire signatures? (where?): signed on leading edges in Arabic numerals, commencing at 3r-4r with ‘d’ 3-4 up to ‘f’ 4. Quire sigs commence again in roman and Arabic numerals from ‘a’ to ‘t’ at fol. 25r.
    • Damage?: 3 quires missing from front of ms; bottom margin of fol. 2, outer margin of fol. 162, and outer and bottom margins of fols. 163-164 cut away without loss of text; bottom outer corner of fol. 153 torn away without loss of text..
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames and lines. Prob. in ink. Prickings visible.
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 32

  • Dimensions:
    • front board: N/A
    • Folio / page: See short description
    • Writing space: See short description
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?: no
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Secretary; single-compartment ‘a’, predominantly single ascender ‘d’ although some looped ascenders also, descender of ‘g’ curls up enough to make the letter double-compartment, ‘2’-shaped ‘r’.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:  N/A
  • Compiler?: N/A
  • Rubrication, sigla: 2-line solid caps, poss. in red or blue; chapter headings with numbers, prob. in red with line markers, although use of red ink does not appear from film to be consistent throughout the ms; side notes; running titles (names of kings) in top right corner; proper names underlined.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: pressmarks, bibliographical note, C20.
    • Flyleaf (ir): BL pressmark, ‘purchased of Dr. Lippman 2 April 1887.’
    • 1r: cancelled: ‘Robert ffabian was the author of this book’, ‘it was a thousande […] this booke was (?)’, C16; illegible cancelled text.
    • 9r: ‘James R’, C18?
    • 89v: ‘John Tannir’, C16.
    • 161v: pen trials, C16.
    • Back flyleaf (ir): ‘164 folios Dec 1887 EgD examined by b .b.’
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C16 glosses on fols. 1r, 4v, 5r, 6v, 8r, 9r-11r, 12r, 25v, 26r, 28r-29v, 33v, 35r, 36v, 37r, 38v, 39v-41r, 42r, 43v, 45v-47r, 48r-v, 50r-v, 51v-54r, 55r-56v, 59r, 68r-69v, 70r, 71v-73r, 74r, 76r-78v, 82v, 83v-86v, 88r-v, 90r-91v, 98v-99r, 100v, 101v-103r, 105v, 108v, 109v-110v, 114v-118v, 119v-122v, 124r, 125r, 128r, 136v, 137v-138v, 140r-141r, 142r-144r, 145r-146v, 148r-150v, 151v-161v.
    • C17? Glosses on fols. 20r, 147r.
    • C18 glosses on fols. 1r, 9r (Latin), 16v, 17r, 26r-v,  46v, 47v, 48r, 50r-v, 51v, 72v-73r, 113r-v.
    • Maniculum on fol. 17r (scribal?), 86v.
    • Cancelled text (‘pope’) at fols. 52r.
  • Later ownership(s): Dr. Lippman, C19.

Intertextual relations

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Common Version’, group CV-1419 (men):B. See Matheson, PB, pp. 97-98, 106.

Credits and acknowledgments

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

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