Manuscript DescriptionOxford, Bodleian Library MS Laud misc. 739
|MS Appellation:||Ld2 (Manly and Rickert); SC 1234|
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.
|No of Folios:||ii (old paper flyleaves) + 239 + ii (old paper flyleaves)|
|Pagination:||Pencil foliation in top right corner recto.|
|Signatures:||Some medieval numbers from 1-6 appear in the bottom right corner to mark the first six folios of each quire. No letters are visible.|
|Catchwords:||Regular in every quire including the remnants on the remaining stub of an excised folio which followed f143.|
|Page Size:||285 x 185|
|Frame:||Brown crayon with some ruling visible.|
|Writing Space:||185 x 120|
|Running Titles:||Added in a later hand to most tales and prologues. A point of interest is that the Wife of Bath's prologue is labelled her 'tale.|
|Illuminated Initials:||Spaces left for initials of 7-8 lines and 3-4 lines|
|Other Names (not owners):||On f1r is 'Liber Guilielm Laud Archiepi[scopus] Cantuar[ius] et Cancellarij Vniuersitatis Oxon 1633'. On f54v Sumlyber Richardus Jonsun'. 'John Gellibrand' on f112v; 'Robert Hoclie' on f220; 'John Brodsha|
on f157; 'ffrauncis harwodd' on f81v and f140. Many other names are scribbled throughout the manuscript. See Manly and Rickert I, 315-321 and Seymour II, 179-182. Also Dan Mosser.
|Miscellaneous Info:||Along with the Royal manuscript from which this Laud manuscript appears to be copied, a very interesting manuscript for trying to assess the development in tale order.|
|Further Information:||Horobin remarks that 'Almost the entire text of Ld2 was copied from Ry2'.|