Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
De doctrina christiana
Date of origin:15th century.
Place of origin:England
No modern foliation is present. Occasional quire and leaf signatures in letters and roman numerals on lower right of leaves.
Dimensions:240mm x 165mm (leaves), 167mm x 108mm (ruled space)
Collation:iii 1-98 iii Catchwords are present in the bottom-right corners of last versos in a quire and correct throughout.
Script:One hand is responsible for the entire text in a neat and formal bastarda.
Binding:Badly deteriorated violet velvet with foliate design embroidered into it, over wooden boards with corner metal ornamental pieces (each shaped like a heart and possessing a leaf etched into the metal at its base) and a metal clasp that could still function if the front cover was not now detached from the binding. Center of front cover contains metal armorial of a sheaf of wheat. Inside cover lining is silk with floral design in crimson and pink against pale green background. The silk on the inside front cover is now almost completely detached from the board.
Additions:On the very last verso before the fly-leaves (f. 72v), there are five lines (scattered over 9 possible lines) of a barely-legible text which one of the notecards in the file on MS 31 calls "doggerel Latin verse" of an early reader of the manuscript.
Provenance:The manuscript was once in the Grosvenor family collection at Westminster.