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Manuscript Description
London, University of London, Senate House, Sterling Library MS V.88
MS Appellation:Ilchester Manuscript
Title:Piers Plowman, C version
Contents:Piers Plowman, C version
Language:English and Latin
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

No of Folios:126
Catchwords:By the scribe in lower margin running almost up to frame; underline with left side indented curve.
Page Size:220 x 155
Frame:2 x vertical, 4 x horizontal enclosing top and bottom lines; ruled within; fine grey lines; apparently no pricking survives.
Writing Space:158 x 100
Incipits and Explicits:Usual passus headings eg 'Passus primus de dobet' on f93.
Borders:A 3/4 bar border, bosses of foliage at corners.
Illuminated Initials:Elaborate illuminated initial 'I' on f1 with at least a 3/4 bar border, bosses of foliage at corners; 2-line gold initials on ?blue and rose grounds with white highlighting, following shape of letter to some extent with enlarged corner blocks, only single bell-like flower from corners, no sprays.
Paragraph Marks:Alternating red and blue paraphs at mid-line each line all way through.
Further Information:Formerly belonged to the Earl of Ilchester.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP