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Scotland, Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Library MS 123
Title:Miscellany of which f10v-31 is the Astrolabe
Contents:Moral tales in Latin; Latin theological notes; Astrolabe, 10v-30v part only; Seneca De Quattour virtutibus cardinalis
Date Range:1425-1450
Scribal Hands:
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Dialect:N. Midland. Parts of MS written in Cheshire ca.1400
No of Folios:ii + 161 + ii
Pagination:Pencil foliation put in when the manuscript was reformed with paper mounts.
Quiring:8s with parchment inner and outer bifolia of each quire; paper leaves within now remounted.
Signatures:None remain
Catchwords:None remain
Page Size:220 x 140 for parchment leaves
Frame:2 x vertical; 2 x horizontal brown crayon
Writing Space:Varies 160-170 x 115
Incipits and Explicits:On f30v, 'Explicit liber qui vocatur bred & milk'
Marginal Headings:Many of the outside borders of the paper folios have crumbled away. A remnant on f17r (parchment) has '2 pars' in the right margin in the ink of the text and the hand of the scribe, underlined with red sleigh feature.
Title by Scribe:In red ink in hand of scribe 'Bred & mylk for chyldryn' on f 10v.
Paragraph Marks:Red and unadorned; red tipping of some letters within the text.
Flourished Initials:Red unflourished lombard initials to begin sections in Astrolabe
Further Information:Ker, N.R., Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries', Vol. II, Abbotsford to Keele, (Oxford 1977); Seymour, M.C., A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts', (Ashgate Publ., 1995); Robbins, R.H, 'Mirth in Manuscripts', in 'Essays and Studies' (1968.2).
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP