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London, British Library, Additional 35157
Title:Piers Plowman, C version
Author:William Langland
Contents:Piers Plowman, C version
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:Not a professional book writer so hand a bit difficult to date.
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

Dialect:LP : N/A; County : SW Worcs/NW Worcs
No of Folios:1 marbled, 6 paper flyleaves + 1-124 + 125 blank parchment flyleaf original + 3 paper flyleaves + 1 marbled
Quiring:8s (2 sewings 8 leaves apart)
Page Size:224 x 150
Frame:Simple square, ruled within, all lines of text within frame, very faint fine grey lines; no pricking survives.
Writing Space:177 x 112 ruled, but lines average c. 100 long
Incipits and Explicits:No explicits but new passus introduced above line beginning with 2-line flourished initial; heading itself in same ink but anglicana formata whereas text is ordinary anglicana; underlined in red, eg 'Passus septimus de visione & c' f38v. On f124r, 'Explicit liber vocatus Pers plogh/man' followed by rubric 'Preston' or 'Prestoun' since macron over last two minims, in same coloured box as around explicit, same script as text.
Illuminated Initials:On f1, 4-line gold initial I on parti-coloured blue and rose ground with white highlights, following shape of letter, simple short sprays which are just black lines with pointed trefoils in gold on the ends.
Paragraph Marks:Alternating red and blue paraphs, red underlining of latin lines.
Flourished Initials:2-line blue lombard initials with red flourishing.
Other Names (not owners):Preston as scribe, f124; same folio further down 17th c, 'Frann: Stilcoughe de [ ]ott ma
124v 15-16th c(?) Thomas thyrnbeke, clarke.
Miscellaneous Info:NB many marginal comments by various hands, well used copy.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP