Census of the Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States


EL 26 A 13

Parch., ff. II (modern paper) + IV (contemporary parchment; the second paper flyleaf is glued to the recto of the first parchment flyleaf) + 127 + I (contemp. parch.) + I (mod. paper), incorrect modern foliation, ff. II verso - V verso form one gathering of four leaves, 283 × 205 mm. (ff. 1-115, 165 × 100 mm.; ff. 116-127, 200 × 115 mm.), 18 210 (-10th after f. 17) 3-88 9-108 (three center bifolia in these two quires are reversed from one quire to the other) 11-138 148 (+9th and 10th) 158 162, catchwords in ornamented brown ink frames, quire and leaf signatures in two contemporary systems, ff. 1-115 are ruled in ink and crayon, ff. 116-127 are ruled in ink, written by two persons: 1) ff. 1-115, a bastard anglicana; 2) ff. 116-127, a textura script. Decoration: opening initials, ff. 1 and 18, 5ߚline parted red and blue infilled with void leaf designs and with cascade in red, blue and ink of the text, ending in red flourishes; ff. 1-115, 3ߚline blue initials with void leaf infilling and red flourishes in the margins, unornamented 1ߚline initials alternating red and blue, with paragraph marks and underlining in red; ff. 116-127, 4 to 6ߚline initials in ink of the text decorated with a man’s profile and tinted yellow, versals of the poetry touched in yellow; lower margins of quire 11 (ff. 82-89) are repaired. Binding, purple morocco, ca. 1840, gold tooled with Bridgewater lion stamped on the front and back covers; marbled endpapers and gilt edges. f. III, Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde , Bk. I, 400-406, title "Troyles", inc. "If no love is o lord what fele I so ...", expl. "... For ay thirst I the more that I drynke" (C. Brown-R. H. Robbins, Index of Middle English Verse [N. Y., 1943], 1422.1; H. N. Maccracken, "More Odd Texts of Chaucer’s Troilus", Modern Language Notes, 25 [1910], 127, from this manuscript; translation of first four verses of Petrarch, Rerum vulg. fragm. , CXXXII). Ms. also contains: f. II verso, John Lydgate, A Prayer for King, Queen and People , "Lord god preserve under thy mighty hande / The kynge the qwene the people and this lande" (IMEV 1955.5; H. N. Maccracken, ed., The Minor Poems of John Lydgate; Early English Text Society, es 107 [London, 1911], pt. 1, p. 213, lines 6-7 only). f. II verso, John Lydgate, Pageant of Knowledge , inc. "The worlde so wyde thayre so remuable ...", expl. "... May stidfast beo as here in his living" (IMEV 3504; H. N. Maccracken, ed., The Minor Poems of John Lydgate; EETS os 192 [London, 1934], pt. 2, p. 730, stanza 23). f. II verso, John Lydgate, Tyed with a Line , title "Halsham", inc. "The more I go the firther I am behinde ...", expl. "... Thauge I go loose I tyed am with youre lune" (IMEV 3437; H. N. Maccracken, ed., pt. 2, p. 832, stanza 1, and C. Brown, ed., Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century [Oxford, 1939], 262-63, printing arts. 2 and 3 as "Halsham’s Ballad"). f. II verso - III, Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde , title "Gower", inc. "A whestone is no karving instrument ...", expl. "... By his contrarye is every thing declared" (IMEV 3327; H. N. Maccracken, "More Odd Texts of Chaucer’s Troilus", ..., 126-27; Troilus and Criseyde, Bk. I, lines 631-37). f. III, John Walton, Boethius , title "Boece", inc. "As that povert causethe soburnesse ...", expl. "... Thane hye estate graunted un to shrewes. To yowe Chaucier" (IMEV 2820; M. Science, ed., Boethius: De consolatione philosophiae, translated by John Walton, canon of Oseney; EETS os 170 [London, 1927], 4, stanza 11).
ff. III verso - V verso, blank except for pentrails and ownership notes.
ff. 1-12v, John Lydgate, Daunce of Machabree , title "Verba translatoris", inc. "O see folkes harde herted as a stone ...", expl. "... Her corious metris In Inglissh to translate. Amen" (IMEV 2591; F. Warren, ed., with notes by B. White, The Dance of Death; EETS os 181 [London, 1931], 2-76). f. 13rv, John Lydgate, title "A resoun of the Rammeshorne", inc. "Al right wisnesse dothe now procede ...", expl. "... Conveied by lyne right as a rammeshorne" (IMEV 199; H. N. Maccracken, pt. 2, pp. 461-64). f. 14rv, John Lydgate, title "A sotel resoun of the Crabbe", inc. "This worlde is ful of stablenesse ...", expl. "... Right as the Crabbe gothe forewarde" (IMEV 3655; H. N. Maccracken, pt. 2, pp. 465-67). ff. 15-17, John Lydgate, title "A resoun de fallacia mundi", inc. "Considere welle with everi circumstaunce ...", expl. "... Voideth yowre herying from al that sey a mys" (IMEV 653; H. N. Maccracken, pt. 2, pp. 839-44).
f. 17v, blank.
ff. 18-115, Thomas Hoccleve, Regiment of Princes , inc. "Musyng up on the restles besynes ...", expl. "... Do be thi reed his welthes shal witnesse. Iste liber constat" (added possibly by John Shirley: "Alvredo Corneburgh de Camera Regis"). (IMEV 2229; F. J. Furnivall, ed., Hoccleve’s Works: The Regiment of Princes; EETS es 72 [London, 1897], 1-197). f. 115v, added in a current hand, "The weye unto Rome and soo too Venyse and to Ierusalem ..." (Itinerary of 65 locations from Calais to Jerusalem). ff. 116-126v, Joseph and Asenath , inc. "As I on hilly halkes logged me late ...", expl. "... My rude translacion I pray you tak hit with plesance" (IMEV 367; H. N. Maccracken, "The Storie of Asneth: An Unknown Middle English Translation of a Lost Latin Version", Journal of English and German Philology, 9 [1910], 224-62). ff. 126v-127, Untimely Death of a Fair Lady , inc. "Ha cruell deth contrarious to creatures in kynde ...", expl. "... Vernant in alle vertu plesaunt and demure" (IMEV 2; H. N. Maccracken, "The Storie of Asneth ...", pp. 262-64). f. 127v, added in a textura script, "[H]enricus octavus Dei gracia Anglie et Francie Rex ... Cum nuper monasterium de Feversham in comitatu nostro kant. iam//" (beginning of a letter patent of Henry VIII regarding the monastery of Faversham in Kent; left unfinished).
2nd. f.: Eschewe
Written in England , s. XV. In part (ff. II verso - III) copied by and belonged to John Shirley (ca. 1366-1456); his "bookplate" on f. v verso, "iesu mercy / margarete et beatrice / ma ioye M (or A? surmonted by a crown) Shirley"; see A. I. Doyle, "More Light on John Shirley", Medium Aevum, 30 (1961), 93-101, and for a brief mention of manuscripts connected with Shirley, see E. P. Hammond, English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey (Duke University Press, 1927), 191-94.
Shirley appears to have filled in the name "Alvredo Corneburgh" on f. 115; Avery Cornburgh, whose signature appears on f. IV, "Avre Kornbrou", was a Yeoman of the Chamber to Edward IV, he seems to have been married to Beatrice Lynn, sister of Margaret Lynne, Shirley’s second wife; the names of Margaret and Beatrice are incorporated into Shirley’s "bookplate", f. v verso; other 15thߚcentury notes include, on f. III verso and IV verso, "Elyzabeth Gaynesford", f. III verso and IV, "Necolas Gaynsford" (also spelled "Gaynford"), f. III verso, "Ryght truste and welbeloved Suster J.P."; on the back flyleaf verso, s. XVI, is a note in an Italic script listing the chapters of Hoccleve’s De Regimine Principum and a recipe in a secretary hand; on f. V, pressmark " Z/2/10 " (the last number written over a deleted "2") in the hand of John Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater (1646-1701); printed on a yellow square slip of paper glued to f. II verso, "MSS. No. 4"; acquired by H. E. Huntington in 1917 with the Bridgewater Library.
Ullman, no. 82; De Ricci, p. 131-2, EL 26 A 13.

De Ricci
De Ricci, S. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 3 vols. New York, 1935-40.
Ullman, B. L. Petrarch Manuscripts in the United States (Censimento dei codici petrarcheschi, no. 1). Padova, 1964 (also in Italia medioevale e umanistica, v [1962], 443-475).

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