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:



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


Princeton University Library MS Garret 150
Univ. of Illinois Library MS 116

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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