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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 61
MS Appellation:Troilus and Criseyde
Title:Troilus and Criseyde
Contents:Two couplets added by different hands f1r; Troilus and Criseyde ff2-150; Recipe in English f151
Date Range:1385-1413
Scribal Hands:
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Dialect:Chaucerian 'Type III'
No of Folios:ii + 1-151
Pagination:An unusual feature is the position of a set of leaf numbers also in the lower margin of the leaves below and to the left of the fifteenth century signatures.
Signatures:Two sets of signatures, the earlier, a series of letters, are found at the bottom right corner of the first four recto leaves of the quire. Below these signatures on the first recto folio of each quire are more modern pencil arabic numerals.
Catchwords:Found at the end of each quire in the hands of the two scribes.
Page Size:318 x 220
Frame:2 x vertical 2 x horizontal; ruled in ink of same colour as that of text.
Writing Space:213-215 x 122-124
Incipits and Explicits:Red
Marginal Headings:Each Prologue and Book has either a heading or a colophon in red ink. Latin sub-headings in the margins.
Running Titles:No running titles or ruling for them.
Title by Scribe:There is no title.
Illuminated Initials:Space left with visible guide letters
Other Names (not owners):On f101v is 'neuer Foryeteth Anne neuill'. On f150v 'This is my booke/S.B/geven to me by Mr Cari the xvii of december Anno/1570/ex dono/'. On f151r is 'Henrycum Coldvell'. 'notnarf drawde', (Edward Franton in reverse writing) is found on ff i(v), 147r and 151r. 'Knyvett' is copied upside down on f 108r. Dorote Pennell' is on f63v.
Miscellaneous Info:This description is taken from Parkes' description of the manuscript.
Further Information:Parkes, Malcolm B. and Salter, Elizabeth, intro. Troilus and Criseyde: A Facsimile of Corpus Christi College Cambridge MS 61, Cambridge: Brewer, 1978. Seymour, M. C. A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts, vol. 1, Works Before 'The Canterbury Tales'pp. 59-60. Aldershot, Hants: Scolar Press, 1995.
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