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USA, Washington, DC, Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.29
MS Appellation:olim Phillipps 8942
Title:Confessio Amantis
Contents:Confessio Amantis (second recension) pages xii + 350
Language:English and Latin
Datable:Mid fifteenth century
Date Range:1450-1475
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:xii + 350
Pagination:Paginated i-xii+1-4, 5-87 (verso which should be “88” is unpaginated), 89, 89 [sic], 90-350 [19.2-7 cut out, stubs remain, included in the pagination=277-288].
Quiring:8s: 24 gatherings of 8; Quire 24 wants 7, 8 [lacks 8. 3120-3172 of text].
Page Size:385 x 295 mm
Frame:Four verticals creating two text columns, four horizontals enclosing top and bottom lines, ruled within columns, drypoint or silver-grey barely visible; no ruling for marginal glosses or names of speakers, for running titles or for catchwords.
Marginal Headings:Rubric headings and all Latin text, plain rubric initials, initials each line washed with yellow.
Borders:No illustrations.
Other Names (not owners):Formerly John Towneley (d. 1813) [bookplate]; formerly Phillipps 8942; sold to H.S. Nichols & Co. [March 1895. £132]; to Maggs; olim W. T. Smedley [bookplate]. On last paper fly at front, 17th-century, verse owner’s inscription: “Jane Sergeant Heer book God giue | Her grace ther on to Look & when she die | Toll the bell tak this book & vse it well”
Miscellaneous Info:Thanks to Dan Mosser and Folger Shakespeare Library website
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP