Bodleian Library, Rawlinson MS. B.166

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Investigative Apparatus

24-02-03 1. Production Practicalities: checked against ms.

i. Pressmark / Name of Book: Bodl. MS Rawl. B.166. ii. Matheson no. 31 iii. Date: C15 iv. Type of book: Brut chronicle v. Manuscript or print?: MS vi. Writing support: Paper or parchment?: parchment (plus paper flyleaves, 7 at beginning of ms, 6 at end). vii. Watermark?: viii. Collation: a. No of leaves: 131 b. Quires: i11(wants 1, small stub after fol. 2)-xi12. c. Foliation: foliated on every fifth leaf in modern pencil, top right corner, flyleaves not foliated d. Booklets?: no e. Catchwords? (on which fols?): 11v; 23v; 35v; 47v; 59v; 71v; 83v; 95v; 107v; 119v; 131v. MS ends with a catchword at end of quire; text incomplete. f. Quire signatures? (where?): 18r-22r v-i; 30r-34r, v-i; 42r-46r, v-i; 54r-58r, v-i; 66r-70r, v-i; 78r-82r, v-i; 91r-95r, v-i (some faint); 101r-107r, v-i; 114r-118r, v-i; 126r-131r, vi-i. g. Damage?: first and last fols. stained or grubby; text incomplete at beginning and end; front cover loose; fol. 1 worm holes; fol. 10 approx 1/3 of leaf torn away at right side; fols. 95-100, bottom right corner missing (about ¼ of the leaf: chewed by mice?); 108v ink stain? Bottom margin; fols. 127-131 burn hole in leaves.

ix. No of items: 1 x. Page layout: a. ruling: frames ruled in drypoint, also in ink (e.g. fol. 18v) poss. inked in later: ruling appears to break to allow for descenders of last line. b. columns: 1 c. lines: variable: 31-35. xi. Ink: xii. Size, binding: outer cover: 120 x 213 mm; fol.: 134 x 204 mm; writing space: 109 x 113 mm; binding C17 brown leather over cardboard, tooled with floral design along spine sides, double border along other sides, spine tooled in gold floral pattern and labelled ‘166’; ‘chronicle of brittain to the 14 year of kg Edward the 3d’ xiii. Decoration?: xiv. Artist?: xv. No. of Scribes: 1 xvi. Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: C15 Anglicana with secretary influence xvii. Rubrication, sigla: two-line caps in red ink, chapters indicated by series of slashes in red (or red and brown) ink which complete the line of text (e.g ‘Howe the king … the fader Guentolyn \\\\\\\\’); occasional paraph marks beside text; sigla (sometimes accompanied by ‘nota’) at chapter headings e.g. fol. 111v; catchwords rubricated in red ink; quire signatures (except fol. 30r ‘v’ in brown ink), occasional ascenders of first lines (e.g. fol. 1v) and strikethroughs in red ink; xviii. Contents: Brut chronicle, fols. 1r-131v.

2. Production Culture:

i. Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification: a. Flyleaf: ‘a.4.5.’ modern brown ink; ‘(11535)’ modern black ink; ‘B Rawl 166’ modern black ink circled in pencil; ‘His. Ang. 30’ modern black ink circled in pencil; ‘9 H. 16’ modern black ink circled in pencil; ‘MS. Rawl. B.166’ modern pencil. b. Second flyleaf: ‘caxton’s chron’ modern black ink. c. 1r: ‘vt’ crossed through, C16?; ‘this is ye 14th chapter ye rest is wanting’ C18-19?; ‘C21’ modern ink. d. 2v: ‘[trimmed] (C?)orona aurea’ C15-16? Next to chapter heading xx (see Brie, p. 23), scribal. e. 6r: ‘H’; ‘Elydur’ C15; above text concerning Hesider, chapter xxxi (see Brie, p. 30). f. 6-7 and throughout, scribbles in pale purplish-brown ink. g. 9v: Latin glosses [partially trimmed]next to text, chapter xliv (see Brie, p. 37). see Latin Glosses in Rawl. B.166 for the rest. h. 22v: ‘christ’ next to text: ‘but Passent scaped [etc]’ (see Brie, p. 62). i. 23r: drawing of ?spider’s web. j. 26r: ‘kyng arthur’ C15, poss. scribal k. 30v: ‘?John ?Badon’ (?Badoat) in drypoint, C16. l. 31v: ‘ghoost ly fader’ C16, black ink. m. 34v: ‘? Thomas’, ‘t’. n. 35r: ‘finis arthur’ next to chapter heading lxxxix (See Brie, p. 90; fol. 26r). blacker ink than text. o. 39r: marginal ‘x’ next to text (chapter xcviii, see Brie, p. 98) ‘pope of rome’ (brie, ‘peple of rome) blacker ink than scribe A. p. 40v: English glosses next to text, chapter ? Textual expansion on the death of Cadwalayn (See fol. 26r). C15-16, pale ink. q. 41v: English glosses next to text, chapter ? Textual expansion on the death of Cadwalayn (See fol. 26r). C15-16 pale ink. r. 47v-48r: hatching ink pale purplish-brown ink, same as 23r and border rulings. See also fols. 83v-84r, 107r, 124v, 125r. s. 52v: ‘?lest it now to all men bytre p(reste?)’ C16. t. 54v: text crossed / blotted out: ‘…seynt Thomas of canterbury’. u. 59v: catchword duplicated by C16 hand, scribbles. v. 64r: ‘Saynt Thomas of Canterbury [etc]’ crossed out. w. 64v: ‘saynt’, ‘pope’ blotted out. x. 65r: ‘martyr’ blotted out, ‘martirid’ blotted out and ‘killid’ inserted above the line. y. 72r: ‘ ?Sir ?Sit…r(E?)’ C16-17; ‘?thed’ C15-16. z. 73v: ‘and sham[e] hufyd [w. hefyd?]’ C15 secretary, next to text: ‘he did so moche harme [‘to god’ partially erased] and shame to god’ last two words inserted above strikethrough. (comp. Brie, p. 166-67, ‘for cause that he did so miche shame & vilony to god’ ), pale brown ink. aa. 84v: ‘and did all the disp’ gloss on last line of text, C15. bb. 85r: pen trials. cc. 86r: glosses in pale brown ink. dd. 89v: pen trials. ee. 90r: glosses in darker ink, same as scribe A. ff. 95v: ‘unymy … umZany’ C15, prob. pen trials. gg. 96v: pen trials. hh. 97r: top margin used by scribe to copy text for insertion, place for insertion marked with a cross. ii. 101r: pen trials (letter ‘r’). jj. 101v: ‘Thomas’; ‘th’; ‘Iohn’ (twice) all in same C 15-16 hand. kk. 102r: ‘teei? hynnde’ C16. ll. 103r: ‘Iohn’ C16. mm. 103v: ‘enymys’, scribal. nn. 104r: ‘lea’ C16. oo. 109r: pen trials (letter ‘h’). pp. 113r: pen trials (letters ‘h’ ‘f’). qq. 117: pen trials (letters ‘h’, ‘e’, ‘i’ rr. 119r: ‘?munyrde’, ‘nnome’ C15. ss. 125v: ‘my men’ C15 see 119r. tt. 126v: ‘than Rain’, red-brown pencil. uu. 131v: ‘& chapter 226 12 E. 3’ modern ink. (Poss. ref to BL MS Royal 12 E. iii?, although this is not a Brut chronicle as Listed in Matheson).


ii. Dialect: Staffordshire. iii. LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.: I, 150; III, 457.


3. Intertextual relations:

i. Textual descent: Matheson ‘Common Version’, group CV-1419[men]:A. See Matheson, PB, p. 102. Corresponds textually to Egerton 650, same textual type as Penn. State MS V-3A, and Bodl. MS Rawl. B 173. ii. Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions: note at end links this ms to Royal MS 12 E. iii, De Proprietatibus Rerum: a portion of the work of the Franciscan Bartholomaeus Anglicus. iii. Decoration: iv. Translation, language:

4. Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is largely based on microfilm work by J O’R and partly on CCM. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

5. Select Bibliography for this MS

MSS:

UK

London BL MS Egerton 650 BL MS Royal 12 E. iii

Oxford Bodl. MS Rawlinson B. 173

USA

University Park, Pennsylvania State University Library PSL MS V-3A

Hain, Ludwig, Repertorium Bibliographicum, nos. 2498-2510 [for editions of Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De Proprietatibus Rerum].

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