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Manuscript Description
London, British Library MS Sloane 1009 part 1
MS Appellation:Sl3 (Manly and Rickert)
Title:Five booklets in part 1: booklet 3 contains Melibeus
Contents:Part 1 is a compilation of five booklets containing a number of items from the fifteenth century including the Tale of Melibeus. Part 2 is a seventeenth century collection.
Date Range:1475-1496 (Manly and Rickert I: 517).
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

Dialect:S. Herefords
No of Folios:2-61: for Melibeus 29r-48r
Pagination:Modern foliation
Quiring:See Mosser 1999.
Signatures:No signatures.
Catchwords:No catchwords.
Page Size:290 x 195
Writing Space:218 x 135 variable; sheets mounted separately.
Marginal Headings:Some are rubricated, some in ink of text. Notas in red.
Paragraph Marks:Red space fillers
Flourished Initials:Red initials for text divisions unflourished. Some red tipping of upper case letters.
Other Names (not owners):For names see Manly and Rickert I: 517-518. Seymour I: 144-145. Owned by a Gideon Bonnivert of Norfolk in the seventeenth century and thence to Sloane.
Miscellaneous Info:1 scribal hand for booklets 1-4. For contents see Manly and Rickert I: 515, Sloane Catalogue 1: 202-204, and Seymour I: 144-145. Tale of Melibeus affiliated with the Ellesmere text.
Further Information:Manly and Rickert I: 515-518. Seymour I 144-145. Mosser, Daniel W. 'Corrective Notes on the Structures and Paper Stocks of Four MSS Containing Extracts from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.' Studies in Bibliography 52 (1999): 97-114.
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