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London, University of London, Senate House, Sterling Library MS V.17
Title:Piers Plowman
Contents:Piers Plowman, C text
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:Catalogue dates c. 1395.
Scribal Hands:
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Dialect:Worcs.: LALME LP 7780, grid 380 243
No of Folios:2 new parchment folios added when rebound recently + 114 + 2 new parchment flyleaves
Pagination:Modern pencil upper outer corners recto, foliation, not on every folio but more regular toward end.
Signatures:No signatures survive, apparently cropped.
Catchwords:By the scribe in lower margin close to bottom edge, running up to within 10 mm of right margin of frame, with box around whose sides not always straight, all in black of text.
Page Size:14 1/2 x 9 3/4 INCHES
Frame:2 x vertical, 2 x horizontal above top and below bottom line, ruled within, fine grey lines, no pricking survives; ff97v-114v in double columns (after end of PP on f77v).
Writing Space:10 3/8 x 6 3/4 INCHES
Incipits and Explicits:'Hic Incipit uisio Willelmi de Petro Ploushman' [sic] on f1; no explicit though space left in middle of f77v for explicit or heading to next text, which begins 2/3 down page.
Marginal Headings:Rubric by scribe in spaces left for them.
Borders:Full bar border down left side in blue, rose and gold, sprays into top and bottom margins with mushroom-like leaves, spirals and gold balls.
Illuminated Initials:5-line blue initials with white highlighting on illuminated gold ground with extensive foliage around and inside in blue, rose and gold with white highlights.
Flourished Initials:3-line blue lombard initials with red penwork.
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