British Library MS Harley 2248

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Production Practicalities and Reception Issues:

  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: BL MS 2248
  • Matheson no.:  39
  • Date(s): C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle with table of contents, fols. 1r-290v (table is on fols. 1r-17r, Brut is on fols.19r-290v).
  • Writing support: parchment
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation: tentative, from microfilm:
    • No of leaves: i? + 290 fols. + i?
    • Blank leaves: the top ¾ of fol. 1r is blank, possibly left for decoration; bottom ¾ of fol. 17r, 17v-18a verso.
    • Quires: the situation with the table of contents is unclear from the film: poss. i-ii8; iii3 (prob. 4 wants 1); iv-xxxvi8 (quire missing) xxxvii8
    • Foliation: modern pencil, top right corner; fol. after 18 is not foliated, it is numbered 18a in this description.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: Table of contents may poss. be a booklet added after the Brut was copied.
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 26v, 34v, 42v, 50v, 58v, 66v, 74v, 82v, 90v, 98v, 106v, 114v, 122v, 130v, 138v, 146v, 154v, 162v, 170v, 178v, 186v, 194v, 202v, 210v, 218v, 226v, 234v, 242v, 250v, 258v, 266v, 274v, 282v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): none visible on film
    • Damage?:
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) Table: frames prob. in ink; Brut: frames and lines, prob. in ink
b. columns: 1
c. lines: scribe A: 34-36; B: 34-36; C:  29-30

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 3: A: 1r-90v, 100v-210v; B: 91r-100r; C: 211r- 290v.
  • Named scribes?: no
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?:  A: C15 Secretary with Anglicana features: Secretary ‘w’ and ‘g’; ‘d’ with looped ascenders, single-compartment ‘a’; ‘2’-shaped ‘r’; B: C15 Secretary: Secretary ‘w’ and ‘g’; ‘d’ with both single and looped ascenders, single-compartment ‘a’; ‘2’-shaped ‘r’. uses both Anglicana double ‘v’-shaped ‘w’ and Secretary ‘w’ see  fol. 91r, l. 9 ‘werre’; C: C15 Secretary with Anglicana features: Secretary ‘w’ and ‘g’; ‘d’ with looped ascenders, single-compartment ‘a’; ‘2’-shaped ‘r’.

Hand, rubrication in other MSS?: Scribe B is the ‘double v’ scribe  who also copied Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Oxford, New College MS 314, and  Bodl. MS Dugdale 45, Hoccleve’s Regiment of Princes. Stephen Partridge, English Manuscript Studies 6 (1997), pp. 229-36, states that CUL Ii.3.2.6 is similar to Dugdale 45 and New College 314, but is not the same hand.

  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: spaces left for 2-line caps with guide letters; chapter headings with numbers, prob. in red; paraphs in text, prob. in red; some proper names underlined, prob. in red; some ascenders of top line letters and descenders of bottom line letters flourished into margin; side notes, prob. added at a different time in C15..
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: modern pressmarks.
    • Front flyleaf (ir): modern pressmarks
    • 1*r: ‘iste liber constat Wyllyam Thomas’ (twice), pen trials, ‘Yllyam [?froust]’, C15, ‘ys a knafe’, C16.
    • 17r: pen trials, ‘Edmunde Knyvet’, C15; ‘John Symons wyllyam frost’, C15; erased marginalia; pen trials.
    • 18v: ‘Egnore cum gelido zepherus fert exmna kymbus John maio[…]’, C16.
    • 18a verso: cancelled marginalia, C16.
    • 99v: cancelled marginalia.
    • 282v: librarian’s note, C19.
    • 289r: pen trials, C15.
    • 290v: musical score, pen trials, C15.
    • Back flyleaf (ir): librarian’s note dated Nov 1880.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • Marginal ‘+’ at fol. 24v.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage: Wyllyam Thomas, C15.
  • 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 ‘Common Version’, group CV-1419[r&g]:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 107, 109.

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 marked * are listed by Matheson as doubtful)

MSS:

Belgium

Brussels
Bibliothèque Royale MS IV.461 *

Japan
Tokyo
Takamiya MS 67

UK
Cambridge
CUL MS Kk.1.12
TCC MS O.10.34
Fitzwilliam MS McClean 186
Glasgow
Hunterian MS 61 *
Hunterian MS 228
London
BL MS Add. 26746 *
BL MS Royal 17 D. xxi
BL MS Royal 18 B. iii *
College of Arms MS Vincent 421
Manchester
Rylands MS Eng. 104 *
Oxford
Bodl. MS Bodley 231 *
Bodl. MS Douce 290 *
Bodl. MS Rawlinson B.216

USA
Berkeley
Univ of California MS 152 *
New Haven
Yale University, Beineke MS 323
Cambridge, Mass.
Harvard MS Eng. 587

Notes:

Scribe B is the ‘double v’ scribe  who also copied Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Oxford, New College MS 314, and  Bodl. MS Dugdale 45, Hoccleve’s Regiment of Princes. Stephen Partridge, English Manuscript Studies 6 (1997), pp. 229-36, states that CUL Ii.3.2.6 is similar to Dugdale 45 and New College 314, but is not the same hand.

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