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Europe, Dublin, Ireland, Trinity College MS 213
Title:Piers Plowman, A version
Contents:Piers Plowman, A-text, ff1-26v (separate quire), Wars of Alexander, acephalous and ateilous, ff27-66v; more accounts on f67, Latin tale or exemplum f68v, short prose life of Alexander, imperfect, ff70v-72r
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:Based on watermarks (see Kane's edition, p. 5, note 1), 1475-1500.
Scribal Hands:
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Dialect:County : Durham/Northumberland (LALME 1, 77)
No of Folios:Flyleaf at front numbered i, bound sideways, monastic accounts, scribbles, signatures in various hands on both recto and verso + 72
Pagination:Modern foliation 1-72.
Quiring:126 2 [lost, conclusion of Piers], 312 (ff27-38) 416--4 (ff39-53, some bifolia missing since signatures run up to d viij) 514-3 (lacking leaf between 65-66 and another bifolium since signatures run to e vij) 66 (originally more, at least three stubs visible).
Catchwords:By the scribe.
Page Size:220 x 145
Frame:Drypoint left margin, uses chain lines.
Incipits and Explicits:Just the usual divisions like 'Primus Passus de Visione'.
Marginal Headings:By scribe, larger and bolder display script.
Flourished Initials:No coloured inks; headings and all Latin words in text are in large display script, bolder, sometimes decorated with strapwork.
Other Names (not owners):Names indicate it was at Durham Priory c. 1500 (Kane, p. 5).
Further Information:William Langland, Piers Plowman : The A Version: Will's Visions of Piers Plowman and Do-Well, ed. George Kane (London: Athlone, 1960), 4-5.
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