British Library MS Stow 69

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Production Practicalities and Reception Issues

Checked against microfilm.

  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: BL MS Stowe 69
  • Matheson no: 34
  • Date(s): mid C15.
  • Type of book: collection of historiographical texts
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 4
  • Contents: 1: C14 work on canon law, fols. 1r-v and 197r-v (used as flyleaves); 2: Brut chronicle, fols. 2r-191v; 3: historical notes, fols. 192r-195v; 4: Lydgate, verses on the kings of England, fragmentary, fol. 196r-v.
  • Writing support: paper and vellum
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: i + 197 fols. + i
    • Blank leaves: fols. 192r-v.
    • Quires: N/A
    • Foliation: modern pencil, top right corner (description uses this set); an alternative set in top right corner is cancelled.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): (4v?), 158v, 183v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): signed on leading edges, mostly trimmed away: 159r: v; 166r: ?
    • Damage?:  bottom margin of fols. 2-3, 31 and portions of bottom and inner margins of fols. 4-13 cut away, without loss of text; bottom outer corner of fol. 99 torn away with loss of text; bottom ½ of fol. 196 cut away with loss of text.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) item 1: frames and lines, prob. in ink; items 2-4: frames, prob. in lead, prickings visible, e.g. fol 54.
b. columns: item 1: 2; items 2-4: 1
c. lines: item 1: 34; items 2-3: 21-34

  • Dimensions:
    • front board: N/A
    • Folio / page: See short description
    • Writing space: See short description
  • No. of Scribes:  2: A: fols. 1r-v, 197r-v; B: fols. 2r-196v
  • Named scribes?: It is possible that a scribal signature is included in an ascender on fol. 151r, where 'Person' is penned neatly within an extravagant 'f'.
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: A: C14 textura; B: C15 Secretary: single-compartment ‘a’, looped ascender ‘d’, although does use single ascender ‘d’ as well, descender of ‘g’ often loops up to form double-compartments, ‘2’-shaped ‘r’.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: item 1: 4-line cap at ?new section, infilled, with pen flourishes into margins, prob. in colours; 2-line caps at chapter headings, infilled, with pen flourishes into margins, prob. in colours; chapter headings prob. in red; paraphs in margins; chapter numbers as side notes. Item 2: 2-line spaces for caps; chapter headings with numbers and spiral line markers, poss. in blue, until chapter 20, afterwhich only spaces; occasional side notes; catchwords in half-boxes; ascenders of some top line letters extended into margin, sometimes decoratively, e.g. fol. 63r. Item 3: space left for 3-line cap on fol. 192r; spaces left for chapter headings. Item 4: stanza headings.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: textual notes in pencil, C19-20.
    • Flyleaf (ir): BL pressmark.
    • 46v-47r: pen trials, C15-16.
    • 53r: pen trials, C16.
    • 56r: ‘Thomas Labe[…]’, C16.
    • 60r, cancelled: ‘rudiment W [?G]’, C15.
    • 64r: pen trials, C16.
    • 87v: erased or faint marginalia.
    • 92r-v: pen trials, c16.
    • 103r: ‘to all and singular good people [?bh]’, C16.
    • 104r: pen trials, C15?
    • 110v: pen trial, C16.
    • 136v-137r: pen trials, C16.
    • 195v: pen trials, C16.
    • 196v: ‘William darell’, C16; ‘Wyllyam Lamb[…]’, C16; fragment of a Latin maxim, C16; ‘[?E] M’, C16.
    • Back flyleaf (ir): ‘197 folios P B. May 1893. Examd by A.G’.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C16 Latin glosses on fols. 7v- 8r, 10v, 12r-14r, 15r-17v, 19r-20r, 21r, 22r, 25r, 26v-27r, 28v, 129r, 130r, 131r, 139v, 143r, 156r, 171r.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage: N/A
  • Later ownership(s): poss. William Darell, C16, William Lamb[…], C16.

Intertextual relations

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

Credits and acknowledgments

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

Select Bibliography for this MS



BL MS Add. 33242

5. Notes:
The scribe left room for rubrication which was never completed. The last item is fragmentary, so it is not certain that the C14 binding leaves were a later addition or part of the original production process.

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