Digital Scriptorium
New York, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection,  NYPL Spencer 019
Description: ff. 140 - Original wooden boards covered with white deerskin. - Owned by Sir Thomas Cumberworth, who bequeathed it (1450) to his chaplain. Given ca. 1500 to nunnery of Marrick by widow of Sir Richard Radcliffe. John Cowper; Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland; Lord Leconfield; acquired for Spencer, 1928. - De Ricci, 1339. Dictionary Catalog, Spencer Collection, 901. Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscriptsc, II, no. 74, pp. 217-9. V. Palsits, "The Petworth Manuscript of 'Grace Dieu'...", Bulletin of NYPLXXXII (1928), 715-20. - Jonathan J. G. Alexander, James H. Marrow and Lucy Freeman Sandler, The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the New York Public Library(London / Turnhout: The New York Public Library / Harvey Miller Publishers, 2005) n. 94.
Acknowledgments: - We thank Prof. Lucy Freeman Sandler for her extensive work towards the present description of this manuscript.
Number of Parts: 1 - Number of Images Available: 0
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Language: Middle English; Latin Country: England Century: 15th

Part 1: ff. 1-140v
Description: - Parchment - 267 x 190 mm - 35-6 long lines per page, ruled in faded ink. Catchwords and quire signatures visible. Quaternions are the norm.
Country: EnglandCardinal point:
Region: Lincolnshire?City:
Assigned Date: s. XV2/4Searchable Date Range: 1425 - 1450
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes: ;1
Script: Anglicana
Figurative Decoration: 26 miniatures of approx. 1/3 of the page in height.
Other Decoration: 1-line red and blue initials. 2-line and 3-line blue initials with red penwork. 2-line gold initials. 6-line and 7-line colord initials on gold fields with full border decorated with flowers, leaves etc.
Notes: Datable between 1413, when the text was translated into English (southeast Midlands), and 1450, bequest of Thomas Cumberworth; probably ca. 1430. B.L. Egerton 615 and Lansdowne 204 are stylistically and decoratively related to this manuscript. Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: ff. 1v-140v (including inscriptions)
Author: Guillaume Deguileville
Title: Pilgrimage of the Soul
Title: Incipit liber qui nuncupatur Grace Dieu. Cap. primus. Grace Dieu(alternate title)
Language(s): Middle English; Latin
Incipit: As I lay in a seint Laurence nyght slepynge.
Explicit: ffor myn is symple and of litel value. This is the marke at the bygynnyng of myn addition Ak and this at the ende.
Notes: Text is part 2 of a French trilogy in verse by Guillaume Deguileville; composed in several stages mid-14th century. Middle English prose adaptation 1413 (see f. 136). 10 full ms copies survive of pt. 2, all using same translation as source.