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Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS Ff.1.6
MS Appellation:Findern Manuscript
Title:Anthology of secular and courtly verse.
Author:Chaucer, Hoccleve, Lydgate, Clanvowe and Roos
Contents:ff15-17 The Complaint unto Pity Chaucer; ff22-28 The Boke of Cupide (Cuckoo and Nightingale), Clanvowe; ff29-42v Parlement of Foules (close to text of Gg. 4.27), Chaucer; f59r Complaint unto his purse, Chaucer; ff61-63v Complaints of Anelida, Chaucer; ff64-67v Legend of Good Women, the tale of Thisbe, Chaucer; ff68-69v Complaint of Venus, Chaucer; ff71-76v; Lepistre de Cupide, Hoccleve; ff117-134v La Belle Dame Sans Mercy, Roos
Date Range:1450-1500
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No of Folios:159
Pagination:Two modern pencil foliations, the latest by Henry Bradshaw in about 1866 though now of doubtful accuracy.
Quiring:From facsimile: A(10), B(16) wants 1-4; + bb(8) (wants 1) inserted after 10 [or alternatively B(20) (wants 1-4, 7; + b(4) inserted after 6], C(10) (wants 9, 10), D(16) (wants 10, 11, 16), E(12) ( + e(4) inserted after 3), F(8), G(12) (12 cancelled), H(16) (wants 15, 16) I(4) (wants 1), K(10), L(8) (8 cancelled), M(6) (wants 4-6). N(10) ( + n(8) inserted after 7, and nn(4) (wants 4) inserted after 9), O(14) (wants 14). P(8) (wants 6-8).
Signatures:Modern pencil bottom right of rectos; also by Bradshaw?
Page Size:210 x 145 but variable
Frame:None visible
Writing Space:160 x 100 but variable
Running Titles:None
Table of Contents:None
Historiated Initials:None
Illuminated Initials:None
Flourished Initials:None
Other Names (not owners):Richard Lathbury (f59v) Fraunces Crucker (f95v), Kruker f65v) Margery Hungerford (f20v) Elizabet Koton, Elisabet Frauncys (f109v) Thomas Cotin (f139v) Anne Schyrley (f118)
Miscellaneous Info:Scribe of LGW writes 'Nomen scriptoris nicholaus plenus amoris' on f67v; Scribe of Chaucer's 'Complaint' signs himself 'Quod Leweston' after the Explicit. Came from collection of Bishop John Moore who 'acquired this manuscript from the library of the Knyvett family of Ashwellthorpe near Wymondham' in Norfolk (Intro. to Facsimile).
Further Information:The Findern Manuscript, Cambridge University Library MS. Ff. 1.6. Introduction by Richard Beadle & A.E.B. Owen, The Scolar Press: London, 1977; Harris, K. 'The origins and make-up of CUL MS. Ff. 1.6', Trans. Cambridge Bib. Soc. 8(1983) 299-333. McKitterick, D. J. The Library of Sir Thomas Knyvett (1978). Seymour, M. C. A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts, vol. 1, Works Before 'The Canterbury Tales', pp. 19, 39, 43. Aldershot, Hants: Scolar Press, 1995.
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