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Cambridge, Magdalene College MS Pepys 2006
MS Appellation:Pp (Manly and Rickert)
Title:Anthology of verse and prose
Author:Chaucer and Lydgate
Contents:Part 1: Poems by Chaucer, Lydgate; Part 2: Tale of Melibeus, Parson's Prologue and Tale and Retraction from the Canterbury Tales; short poems by Chaucer.
Date Range:1475-1500
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:Part 1 has 112 folios, part 2 has 85 folios + 4 added on binding. Tightly bound and difficult to assess.
Pagination:196 folios but 391 numbered pages. The pagination is probably of the seventeenth century.
Quiring:The manuscript is so tightly bound that quiring is difficult to assess.
Signatures:No signatures.
Catchwords:In part 1 there are catchwords on ff22v and 56v. There are no catchwords in part 2.
Page Size:Part 1 measures 270 x 175, Part 2 is 270 x 180
Frame:Ruling in both plummet and dry-point
Writing Space:Part 1 measures 210 x 145, Part 2 is 210 x 120 (205 x 135 after p60)
Incipits and Explicits:The Legend of Good Women has English rubrics in the ink of the text. In Part 2 only, rubrics are in the display script of the scribe in red ink.
Marginal Headings:The scribe uses rubric to divide the text and for Latin glosses.
Title by Scribe:For the Tale of Melibeus 'Here begynneth Chaucers tale of Melibee' in the scribe's display script.
Paragraph Marks:In Part 2 only in red ink.
Flourished Initials:Space left for initials in Part 1 but were never executed. In Part 2 the first letter of several pages, although in the ink of the text, is emphasised by the use of red decoration and yellow infill. Decorative ascenders on top lines.
Miscellaneous Info:There are three hands in the first part of this manuscript copying Chaucer, Lydgate and Burgh. They have not yet been added to the scribal hands database.
Further Information:Edwards, A. S. G. intro. Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile.. Magdalen College, Cambridge (Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1985). McKittrick and Beadle, Catalogue of Pepys Library, vol. 5, part i; Manly and Rickert, I,406-409. McCormick, Sir William and Janet E. Heseltine. The Manuscripts of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933. 552-553. Seymour, Michael C. A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts. vol.1, Works before the Canterbury Tales. Aldershot and Brookfield: Scolar Press, 1995. 14, 26, 41, 90, 134.
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