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Cambridge, Magdalene College MS Pepys 2101
Title:Regiment of Princes
Contents:Regiment of Princes
Date Range:1440-1465
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:2 paper flyleaves + 83 + 2 paper flyleaves (both sets flyleaves match pastedowns)
Pagination:Modern pencil upper outer corners recto, 1-83.
Quiring:8s. See Beadle catalogue for some missing leaves.
Signatures:Some signatures survive, roman numerals then letter of quire (so backwards to usual sequence), small black ink eg iij c on f11, iiij c on f12; but in other order also eg 'e ii' on f26, 'e iii' on f27, 'g I' on f39 also another rubric foliation in extreme lower right corners, eg '16' on f12.
Catchwords:Usual place, by scribe, into gutter, no embellishment.
Page Size:290 x 195
Frame:2 x vertical, 4 x horizontal enclosing top and bottom lines, ruled within (note ruled for large size lettering 6-7 mm and is quite large); no pricking survives.
Writing Space:195 x 95 (ruled for), text c. 193 x 88
Incipits and Explicits:Acephalous and atelous.
Marginal Headings:Marginal glosses by scribe are rubric. Acephalous and atelous.
Table of Contents:Acephalous and atelous.
Title by Scribe:Acephalous.
Borders:f28 has full bar border in same shades as illuminated initial with bosses at corners; so also f30v ('Now gracious Prince ageine''). On f44v a bar border on left side and sprays of opposing tiny green leaves and flowers/leaves of blue, rose, white across top and bottom margins.
Illuminated Initials:Acephalous but f28 at beginning of main part after prologue (' My noble and mighti prince excellent'') has 6-line illuminated initial in gold, blue, rose and white. Others (eg f44v) 6-line blue and rose with white highlights on gold ground. On ff77v, 80v) 5-line gold initial on parti-colored blue and rose ground with white highlighting, sprays with opposing tiny green leaves.
Paragraph Marks:Each stanza of text preceded by alternating blue or gold paraph, with red or dark blue pen flourishing.
Other Names (not owners):Pepys's bookplate bottom f83v; various 16th cc scribbles as noted by Beadle & McKitterick, ' Catherine Coppley' and 'mager[y] gerarde' on f2; Bereys hafflyn at London (f24); 'John Trauers hath Recued' (f29v); 'Receued of hary caswall' and 'memorandum that John Trauers hath' (f44); 'My lady Coley (f62); 'Thomas Coppley' (f63v, three times) (All these are taken from Beadle and McKitterick).
Further Information:Catalogue by Rosamond McKitterick and Richard Beadle, pp. 50-51.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP