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Oxford, Corpus Christi College MS 67
Title:Confessio Amantis
Contents:Confessio Amantis (A version)
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:1390-1415
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:3 old paper stubs + 2 old parchment stubs (parts of a deed of some kind?) + 1 old paper + 1 original parchment flyleaf + 207 + 2 parchment leaves originally blank which may have been end of quire or flyleaves + 1 old paper + 2 blank parchment stubs + 3 old paper stubs
Pagination:Modern pencil
Catchwords:By the scribe to the right of centre under the right column in the same ink as the text with underlining with raised left side; when the portion on next folio is in rubric, catchwords in rubric also.
Page Size:415 x 270
Frame:4 x vertical enclosing two columns, 4 x horizontal enclosing top and bottom lines; not ruled for running titles or catchwords; ruled within. very fine black-brown ink; pricking survives on a few folios.
Writing Space:263 x 83 per column = 263 x 182
Incipits and Explicits:Rubrics usual for Confessio Amantis.
Marginal Headings:Rubric for Latin portions
Running Titles:Book numbers in red as running titles on rectos as in 'vij-us' on f70, with 'Liber' on versos.
Borders:The first folio has a full bar border otherwise three quarter borders in gold, pink and blue.
Illuminated Initials:3- or 4-line initials in blue or pink with white highlights on illuminated gold ground with blue, pink and orange with white highlights; smaller 2- or 3-line gold initials on blue and pink ground with white highlighting and flower sprays in blue, pink with white highlights; one-line initials in gold with purple or blue with red penwork around them; yellow wash for first initial of every line.
Paragraph Marks:Oddly stylised paraphs in blue before marginal glosses with red penwork.
Flourished Initials:One-line initials in gold with purple or blue with red penwork around them
Other Names (not owners):William Rawson, 1580. On f1 above the bar border is 'Liber Willelmi Rawson Anno Domini 1580' and 'Crispe me Iure tenet
at bottom of f1 is 'Liber CCC Oxon: 1676
on f209, an original flyleaf is 'Liber partinet Thomam Cryspe Ciuem et Mercerum Londinarium' and another mercer's mark or possibly a scribal mark. Latin sayings added to ff208-208v in 16th century.
Further Information:Coxe 2.24
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