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England, Clitheroe, Lancashire, Stonyhurst College Library MS B. XXIII
MS Appellation:Stonyhurst (Manly and Rickert)
Title:Miscellany of religious works.
Author:Chaucer and anon
Contents:Three kings of Cologne; The tale of Mellybe and Prudence (34r-45r); Abbey of the Holy Ghost; Four Feathers; The Quantitey of the Earth
Date Range:1450-1475
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:1-68
Quiring:1-7(8), 8(9) + 4 paper folios added at a later date.
Signatures:No signatures remain.
Catchwords:Catchwords regularly present.
Page Size:268 x 190
Frame:Red ruling of double columns with 2 x horizontal at the top occasionally mirrored by two at the bottom.
Writing Space:215 x 62 for each column
Marginal Headings:Marginal glosses in red ink.
Running Titles:The names 'Mellybe' and 'Prudence' alternate as titles.
Borders:On f1r is a three-quarter border in gold, blue, red/brown and pink with white.
Paragraph Marks:Red paraphs
Flourished Initials:On f34r a 6-line initial in blue and red flourished in a brownish ink. Blue and red 3-line initials with red and blue flourishing mark textual divisions.
Other Names (not owners):On f67r is the following: 'Thomas Bellot armiger libri est verus possessor teste Matheo Bellot anno 1570'. See Manly and Rickert for information on the Bellot family of Cheshire.
Miscellaneous Info:Manly and Rickert suggest that the 'general style' of the illumination is 'very similar to that of [Cambridge] Gg [4.27]'.
Further Information:Manly and Rickert I: 519-521. Seymour I: 153-154. McCormick 560.
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