Harvard University MS. Richardson 35

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Harvard MS Richardson 35
  • Matheson no.: 98
  • Date(s): 2nd half of C15.
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle.
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 3
  • Contents: 1: a table lettered a-g on one side, containing various symbols, e.g. a man in a hood, pair of hands, king etc. poss. a game, or a tool for prognostication, fol. 1v; 2: Brut chronicle, fols. 2r-94v; 3: a series of heraldic arms for various English knights, fols. 95r-105v (on fol. 106v is a blank shield with numbered and lettered horizontal sections).
  • Writing support: (mixed media mss: particular usage of parchment?)
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: 106 (+i?)
    • Blank leaves: 106r-v were prob. originally blank.
    • Quires:
    • Foliation: bottom inside corner.
    • Composite MS?
    • Booklets?:
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 11v; 23v; 33v; 45v; 52v; 71v.
    • Quire signatures? (where?): none visible on film
    • Damage?: extensive: the outer half of fol. 1 has been cut away; fols. 2, 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, 32, 49, 54, 59, 62-64, 73-74(?), 76-77(?), 87, 96, 98 are all damaged at the bottom, with the entire margin cut away, miniatures excised, or portions torn off sometimes with loss of text; fols. 97, 99-104, 106 have had portions of the inner and outer margins cut away.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) not visible on film
b. columns: 2
c. lines: 37-57

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page:
    • Writing space:
  • Binding:
  • Decoration?: The bottom margins of the ms are decorated with (usually pairs of) beasts, grotesques, human figures and cities, Other illustrations also appear in the side margins.
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Secretary with Anglicana features. Single-compartment ‘a’; ‘d’ with looped ascender; double-compartment ‘g’.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: fol. 2r: space left for seven-line cap; rest of text: two-line infilled caps, prob. in colours, and one-line solid caps, prob. in colours; sometimes bar borders to one or both columns with pen flourishes (bar sometimes extends across the top margin as well); chapter headings and numbers, prob. in red, with line markers in a variety of intricate styles; occasional rubricated side notes, poss. in red; catchwords sometimes rubricated in scrollwork.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • 6r: ‘jhon non’, C17-18?; ‘John Vaughan’, C16, pen drawing of a bishop.
    • 7v: ‘David Morgan […]’, C17?
    • 16r: Erased marginalia.
    • 17r: Religious maxim, C15, drawing of man smoking a pipe, entitled ‘mocing bob’, C18? Comp. drawing on fol. 6r.
    • 21r: ‘mockin’, C18? See fol. 17r.
    • 23r: erased marginalia; ‘youre assured’, C17.
    • 26v: ‘tight rope 1574’, hand does not look C16 – poss. C18? glossator has added a tightrope to the miniature.
    • 30v: ‘11 october 1571 J lloyde’.
    • 34r: indenture, C15-16.
    • 51r: glossator has added a pipe to miniature, see fols. 17r, 21r, 26v.
    • 52r: ‘edward’ pen trial, C16.
    • 53r: erased marginalia, poss. ‘william’, C15? Poss. scribal.
    • 56r: religious maxim, C16.
    • 57r: ‘out [old?]nick 1536’, C17-18?
    • 60r: pen trials, C15.
    • 67r: indenture, C16.
    • 79r: ‘7 January 1577 As good the foe that hurteth not, as is the frend that healpeth not . quod Jo Vaughan’; pen trials, C16.
    • 79v: erased marginalia.
    • 83r: rycharte thomas of nethe’, C15-16.
    • 87v: ‘England, England […] England […], C16.
    • 94v: ‘Lewis Wogan his hand 1662’.
    • 104v: next to arms of Edward Stradling: ‘the fyld shold be asure’, C16.
    • 105r, 106r: Latin lines on the Normans, C16, erased or cancelled marginalia.
    • 106v: beginning of letter, (three times) C16; ‘Anthony maig ’, C18, ‘madon’, C16?
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • C15? Gloss (smudged) on fol. 33r, poss. scribal side note.
    • C16 glosses on fols. 15r, 52r.  
    • C18 glosses on fols. 2v, 12r, 21r, 23r, 46r, 69v, [87r?], 90v, 101v, 102r, 103r.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): C15-16: poss. Richard Thomas; C16: poss. John Vaughan; John Lloyd; C17: poss. David Morgan; Lewis Wogan; C18? Poss. Anthony Maig.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • 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:A. See Matheson, PB, pp. 177-78, 184-87.
  • 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 largely based on SC. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:

MSS:

Japan

Tokyo
Takamiya MS 12

UK

London
BL MS Add. 12030
BL MS Harley 24

Manchester
Rylands MS Eng. 105

Oxford
Bodl. MS Rawl. B.187
Bodl. MS Tanner 188

Secondary Texts:
Fryde, E. B., D. E. Greenway, S. Porter, and I. Roy, eds., Handbook of Brit­ish Chronology. 3rd edn. (London: Royal Historical Society, 1986).

Notes:


This ms seems to have Welsh connections in the late C15/early C16 into the late C16; note  the gloss on fol. 26v, ‘walys’, C15-16.

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