Edinburgh University Library MS. 185

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Edinburgh University Library MS 185
  • Matheson no.: 106
  • Date(s): C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-125r.
  • Writing support: parchment and paper
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: i? + 125 fols. + i?
    • Blank leaves: 48r-v; bottom ¾ of fol. 125r; 125v.
    • Quires: uncertain from film.
    • Foliation: modern, top right corner; alternative set, modern, numbered 1-6, commencing on fol.2.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): (2v?), 13v, 39v, 65v, 78v, 91v, 104v, 117v,
    • Quire signatures? (where?): not visible on film.
    • Damage?: part of outer margin of fol. 46 cut away without loss of text; part of top outer and bottom margins torn away or foxed, without loss of text.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames, poss. in ink
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 40-43

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?: no
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Secretary with Anglicana features: single-compartment ‘a’ and ‘g’, single-ascender ‘d’,  both long and ‘2’-shaped ‘r’, Anglicana ‘v’ and ‘w’.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: fol. 1r: 4-line solid cap, prob. in red or blue; heading, prob. in red; rest of ms: 2 or 3-line solid caps; chapter headings, poss. in red, underlined, poss. in red; chapter numbers, poss. in red; proper names underlined, poss. in red; side notes; catchwords in boxes; paraphs in the text, prob. in red or blue; explicit underlined; running titles added later in C15.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • 1r: ‘he[ro?]y’, C18; ‘D. Laing Edinburgh’, C18.
    • 13r: ‘Edward Lynley’, C15-16.
    • 24v: cancelled marginalia.
    • 36r, inverted: ‘Thomas jacksone’, C16.
    • 61v: ‘the te[a?]  tende leuo’, C16.
    • 66v: scribbles.
    • 73v: ‘from the beginning let vertu indure’, C16.
    • 78v: cancelled marginalia.
    • 79r: pen trials, ‘rob’, ‘brother’, C16.
    • 83v: ‘Robert Banke Edward Linley John’, C16.
    • 85: pen trials.
    • 90v: ‘Liber henricius wytamson’, C16.
    • 104r: memo that ‘J wyllyam curtez hath reseved’, C16.
    • 125v: ‘Edward Lynley’, C16; religious maxim in English and Latin, C16; ‘George burton is that’, C16.
    • Back flyleaf: modern librarian’s note, dated 1913..
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C15-16 glosses on fols. 13v, 26v, 28r.
    • C16 glosses on fol. 104r.
    • C 18 glosses on fol. 1r.
  • 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:B. See Matheson, PB, pp. 188, 189.
  • 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 from microfilm work by J O’R. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

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Takamiya Fragments


NLW MS Add. 442D
CUL MS Add. 2775
CUL MS Ff.2.26
Edinburgh University Library MS 185
Lincoln Cathedral MS 98
BL MS Add. 24859
BL MS Harley 2182
BL MS Harley 4827
Bodl. MS Rawl. poet. 32
Trinity College MS 5


University of Virginia MS 38-173


It may be worth comparing the rubrication of this ms with Bodl. MS Rawl. Poetry 32.

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