CUL MS. Add. 2775

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: CUL MS Add. 2775
  • Matheson no.: 108
  • Date(s): C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 10r-255r, colophon: ‘deo gracias’.
  • Writing support: (mixed media mss: particular usage of paper)
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction:
  • Collation: tentative, from microfilm:
    • No of leaves: iv[?] + 245 + iii[?] fols. A mixture of modern and C15 flyleaves at front and back, difficult to tell from film.
    • Blank leaves: apart from flyleaves, none.
    • Quires: i12 (wants 4?); ii-xx12; xxii10?
    • Foliation: modern ink, top right corner (description follows this foliation); alternative foliation at bottom of fol., runs from 2 (fol. 10r) – 248 (fol. 256).
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 20v; 32v; 43v; 56v; 68v; 80v; 92v; 104v; 116v; 128v; 140v; 152v; 164v; 176v; 188v; 200v; 212v; 224v; 236v; 248v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): MS has been trimmed, and many quire numbers are missing: 39r: prob. b; 46r-30r: c ij-vj; 59r-60r: prob. d; 69r: e j, 74r: e; 82r-84r: prob. f; 95r-97r: g; 109r-110r: h; 120r: J; 129r-134r: k; 144r: prob. l; 153r, 155r: n; 165r-166r: o; 193r; q; 201 recto-202 recto: r-r ij, 205 recto: r v, 206 recto: r; 213r: s j, 214r: s, 215r s iij, 216r s; 225r, 228r-230r: t; 251r: v. Quires also numbered in mod. ink; marked with ‘x’ on 6th leaf of quires, except quire xxi, marked on 5th leaf.
    • Damage?: fol. 8 is a fragment, only a small portion of the inner margin and some text remaining; fols. 103v-109r, damaged by ?water, with some loss of text;  throughout the ms, and particularly from fols. 113r-252r, the ink is faded in places, with some loss of text; fol. 256 over half of the bottom of the fol. torn away.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames, poss. in lead.
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 32-36

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15, mixture of Secretary and Anglicana, but predominantly Anglicana; scribe begins the ms using secretary forms of ‘g’ and ‘a’ but increasingly uses Anglicana forms of these letters, so that by fol. 118r he has almost completely ceased using Secretary forms.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: fol. 8r: Approx 10-line cap, prob. in colours with pen flourishes into margins, 2 or 3-line cap prob. in colours with pen flourishes into margin; rest of ms: 2-line caps, prob. in colours with pen flourishes into margin; chapter headings and numbers prob. in red; paraphs in text, prob. in colours; proper names underlined with initials touched, prob. in red; catchwords rubricated in rather roughly drawn boxes, poss. in red, occasional side notes (names of kings).
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Flyleaf (ir): ‘Richardo Millie grocer London’, Hic liber [com?]tat Richardo Millie Grocer London’, C15; ‘This is the true honor of this Earle hee that stealeth’, C15; ‘this is the booke of the cronakellis thys’, ‘Thomas’, C15-16;  ‘Seynt lea[erased] […?] thys letter  [..]ter  ly yn Charlys and […?] […]rys thys letter’, C15.
    • Flyleaf i verso: ‘Richard Millie grocer London’, ‘John [?R]owell’, ‘Hic liber comtat Richard Millie Grocer London’, ‘this is the boke of the cronakellis’, C19? Transcription of marginalia of preceding fol., pencil.
    • Fol. 8r: book stamp: ‘Lib acad cant’.
    •  Flyleaf (ii verso) ‘971-1887 Bull + [?]’, C19-20. pencil.
    • Fol. 10r: ‘Add. 2775’, modern, book stamp: ‘Lib acad cant’.
    • 180r: ‘kyng Edward of wynsore dei gracia rex anglo & Franse’ C15-16.
    • 255r: book stamp: ‘Lib acad cant’.
    • End flyleaf (ir): C15 pen trials.
    • End flyleaf (iir): ‘Jn kyng […] was bore[?] […] Jhu off the […], Jn kynge kymbalyn dayes was [?] ore Savyor crist Jhu of the blessed [?] and maidon Marey mother of god’, C15; ‘Memorandum that Johne[?] […] the xxxj daye of August bere[?] [w?]irstone & [?]’, C16.
    • End flyleaf (ii verso): ‘[…] Thomas Newdere’, C15; ‘he that wroght yt was [ff?] Saunders’, C16; other marginalia illegible on film.
    • End flyleaf (iiir): [?]note and transcription of preceding fol.; list of kings and fol. numbers for this ms, faded pencil, barely legible from film, C19? See front flyleaf (i verso), and next fol.
    • End flyleaf (iii verso): list of errors in chapter numeration, C19? See front flyleaf (i verso), and preceding fol.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C15-16 glosses on fols. 30r, 34r, 45r, 51r (underlining runs to fol. 52v), 71rv, 81v.
    • C16 English glosses and occasional underlining on fols.11r-v, 14r, 15r-v, 17r-18v, 22r, 29r, 30v, 65r, [ different C16 hand; 86r-v, 87v, 88r, 94r-v, 123v, 124r, 142r, 218v].
    • Paraph in margin, fol. 249.  
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage: poss. John Millie, C15
  • Later ownership(s): C15: John Millie, poss. Thomas Newdere, John Rowell.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc: London possession in C15.
  • Language(s); translation activities: some marginalia in Latin.
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Extended Version’, group EV-1419:B. See Matheson, PB, pp. 188, 190.
  • Evidence of exemplar: Matheson (PB, p. 190), suggests that Hunterian MS 230 (no. 107) may have been copied from this ms some time after the first folio was damaged.
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions: poss. exemplar for Hunterian MS 230.
  • Decoration:
  • Translation, language:

Credits and acknowledgments:

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

Select Bibliography for this MS:


NLW MS Add. 442D
CUL MS Ff.2.26
Edinburgh University Library MS 185
Hunterian MS 230
BL MS Add. 24859
BL MS 2182
BL MS 4827
Bodl. MS  Rawl. Poet. 32
Trinity College MS 5


University of Virginia MS 38-173

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