Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Notre Dame/Newberry. 10
Date of origin:Papal knots on top line ascenders suggests a date of ca. 1230.
Place of origin:England
Numbered in black ink in a modern hand in the upper right hand corner of each leaf and in the lower right corner in lead.
Dimensions:188 mm x 117mm (leaves), 138 mm x 80mm (ruled space)
Collation:1-1112 128 134 14-3212 334 34-4112 No catchwords are evident. Signature marks may be found on the versos of the following leaves: 16, 31, 47, 62, 78, 94, 110, 126, 142, 158, 174, 190, 225, 241, 271, 287, 318, 334, 350, 366, 397, 413, 429, 460 In all likelihood, the manuscript originally contained 30 gatherings of 16 leaves (possibly including a psalter which had been removed) and one gathering of 14
Script:Written by at least five hands in a small gothic bookhand. The first hand is responsible for the text up to f. 209v. The next handshift occurs between the text of Isaiah and Jeremiah on f. 261r. The third hand continues to the end of the Old Testament on f. 350r. The fourth hand begins the New Testament on 351r and continues to 358v. The fifth hand completes the manuscript.
Binding:Bound in 1875 by Francis Bedford in brown morocco with three concentric sets of gilt and blind-tooled fillets and gold stamped lozenges on both boards; gold fillets around the outer edges of both boards and on turn-ins; gold stamped title and ornaments on spine.
Additions:Frequent corrections in the hand of the scribe. Very infrequent marginal annotations in medieval hands. A 15th or 16th century hand has added book titles in English to the header. 8 vellum binder's leaves, dated 1875, contain information on the manuscript, its binding, and its contents.
Provenance:Ms ex libris of Alexander Peckover Harecroft House Wisbech Sept. 1874 on first front free endleaf. Armorial bookplate of Alexander Peckover on front pastedown. Armorial bookplate with handwritten number 8312 and initials AP on front pastedown. Armorial bookplate of W.A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey, gold stamped on red morocco on front pastedown. Bookseller's description (pre-1874) pasted to a front free endleaf makes reference to the following inscription on the last leaf of the manuscript (now lost): Guido librar ex dono Rici Broughton vni Justic dne Regine Elizabeth Com Agles Caernaruon & Merioneth, 1594.
Bibliography:Foyle, William A. The library of William Foyle: Part I, Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. London: Christie, Manson, & Woods, Ltd., 2000. pp. 44-45.