Huntington MS. HM 133

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checked against microfilm, 07-10-2003

  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Huntington MS 133
  • Matheson no.: 122
  • Date(s): 2nd half of C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1-115v.
  • Writing support: paper
  • Watermark?: Pot, (Briquet 12482, Troyes 1474); fols. 113 and 115, Licorne, (Briquet 10024, Cuy 1474).
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: 115 fols. (description has 116, but the last fol. is not visible on the film)
    • Quires: i14(wants 1-9); ii14(wants 12 after fol. 16); iii14; iv14(wants 5-7 after fol. 36); v-vi14; vii14(wants 7 after fol. 77 and wants 12-14 after fol. 81); viii missing; ix-x14; xi missing; xii14(wants 1-5, 8, and 10-14); fols. 113-115 (116) unclear. See heading xi.h below.
    • Foliation: 2 sets of mod. pencil foliation, 1) top left corner, 2) middle of bottom margin, both incorrect; correct foliation on the mounting leaves.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): yes: fols.: 4v; 32v; 43v; 57v; 70v; 94v; 108v; 
    • Quire signatures? (where?): yes, some preceding the quire, in Arabic and Roman numerals: 6r-11v: b; (40v: d?); 45r: e; 59r-60r : f (65r: f7?); 72r-73r: g; (84r:  ?); 85r: h (86-87 ?); 95r-99r: k; 109r-110r: m.
    • Damage?: extensive: in particular, the outer margins are mutilated, and text has been lost from fols. 23, 32, 57, 82 and 108; every folio in the ms has been guarded and mounted. Of fol. 115 only two small fragments remains.
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames and lines in lead
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 22-26.

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page: 284 x approx. 185 mm.
    • Writing space: 201 x 135 mm.
  • Binding: C20 pigskin with brown cloth sides.
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 1
  • Named scribes?:
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: anglicana with some secretary forms
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: 2-line caps in blue with red flourishing; caps in text touched in red or yellow; some proper names underlined in red; chapter headings (prob. in red) double slashes throughout text in red; paraphs in red; marginal chapter numbers in red; some side notes set off by red paraphs; a few running titles (e.g. fols. 2r-4r, 84v); top line of script often with decorative ascenders.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • 1r: ‘part of Geofrey of monmout[h]’, C18-19?
    • 2r: ‘king Lear’ modern pencil
    • 18r: memorandum of transaction, ‘Rych[…] P[…]’ C16.
    • 24v: maxim, C16, inverted in bottom margin.
    • 26v: pen trials, C16.
    • 28r: pen drawing of a human face
    • 33v: pen drawing of pentangle
    • 34r: ‘john[?] […]’ , note, C16.
    • 40v: ‘Jnemde[?]’ [Juenide?], C17
    • 59: legal memorandum, C16
    • 63r: ‘to John’, C16 (see fol. 34r).
    • 69r: ‘Edmund Francis from the manishle[…]’ C16-17.
    • 75v (76v in description): ‘William[?] Jones’; ‘John Templar[?]’ both C16.
    • 95v: pen drawing, floral pattern
    • 97v (98v in description): ‘This is thomas Verney boke’, C16 (comp. glosses on fols. 77v and 86v).
    • 112v: ‘[..]con’, modern?
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • English glosses on fols.: 68v (poss. memorandum?, C17), 77v, 86v (poss. hand of Thomas Verney).  
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): Thomas Verney, C16; poss. William[?] Jones, John Templar C16, or Edmund Francis, C16-17
  • 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:C  . See Matheson, PB, pp. 202-203.
  • Evidence of exemplar:
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions: According to Matheson; ‘In the chapter relating the construction by Bladud of the hot baths at Bath, there is a verse addition (written as prose), apparently unique among extant EV and AV manuscripts, taken from the Short Metrical Chronicle [AEMB]. The verses occur at  a point where the CV-1333 remarks “as the gest telleþ” (Brie 16/16), a phrase that is omitted in the other EV-1419:C texts.’ PB, pp. 202-203.
  • Decoration:
  • Translation, language:

Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is largely based on Berkeley Digital Scriptorium Database [1] and microfilm work by J O’R.. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB. Revisions by Ryan Perry.

Select Bibliography for this MS:

MSS:

UK

Cambridge
Corpus Christi College MS 182
TCC MS O.9.1
London
Society of Antiquaries MS 223
Oxford
Bodl. MS Laud Misc. 571

USA

Princeton
Princeton University Library MS Garret 150
Urbana-Champaign
Univ. of Illinois Library MS 116
Editions

AEMB, p. 72.

Brie, p. 16.

Zettl, Ewald, ed., An Anonymous Short English Metrical Chronide. EETS OS 196 (1935; repr. Millwood: Kraus, 1971), pp. 7-8, ll. 156-84.

Secondary Texts:
De Ricci, p. 55.

Dutschke, C. W., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Hun­tington Library,2 vols (San Marino: Huntington Library, 1989), 1, pp. 177-78.

Hanna, Ralph III, The Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist I: A Handlist of Manu­scripts Containing Middle English Prose in the Henry E. Huntington Li­brary (Cambridge: Brewer, 1984), pp. 13-14.

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