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Cambridge, Cambridge University Library MS Ee.2.15, part 2
Title:Man of Law
Author:Chaucer, Gower, Lydgate and Mirk
Contents:Mirk's Festial fragment; ff18-37v Man of Law fragments; ff38-46v Confessio Amantis (excerpt); ff48-105v Lydgate; f107 Charter; f111v Legend of St Augustine
Date Range:1475-1500
Scribal Hands:
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Dialect:ff. 1r-16r Leics
No of Folios:112
Pagination:Modern pencil upper outer corner right.
Quiring:Folios remounted with blank additions thus impossible to discern; a collection of several smaller books.
Catchwords:Few bottom margins remain.
Page Size:280 x 200
Frame:Square just possible to see original ruling in places.
Writing Space:200 x 130 variable because of fragments
Incipits and Explicits:No evidence remains
Title by Scribe:Damaged so impossible to know.
Borders:Red, brown, green, blue in colour wash and ink; no gold; dragons or lizards with fish in the border which remains; possible initials and some sort of mark within the border decoration.
Historiated Initials:Two or three initials containing portraits in texts other than Man of Law.
Miniatures:Several folios with drawings.
Flourished Initials:Not in the Chaucer section; however a significant feature of the hand is that from descenders of the bottom line, the scribe draws lines which curl around over and around each other; these ink lines are cross-hatched with parallel lines in either red or brown ink.
Other Names (not owners):On 76v are two names in the top margin 'Edemonde ??dent' and Houmffrey ?Paldon/Seldon'. Could the Edemonde ? be the 'E R' contained within the border for ML and the 'O' of St Edmund text? On f78r 'Wyllm Fessher' and 'Rychard with(an/om)'? The fish in the decoration of Man of Law could suggest ownership by William Fisher.
Miscellaneous Info:May have belonged to the person whose mark is contained within the illumination for ML and also within the first 'O' of the St Edmund text. Watermark 'Van Gelder Zonen'.
Further Information:Manly, John M. and Rickert, E. The Text of the Canterbury Tales, 8 vols, vol. I, 126-129. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1940. Seymour, M. C. A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts, vol. 1, Works Before 'The Canterbury Tales', pp. 132-134. Aldershot, Hants: Scolar Press, 1995.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP