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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 293
Title:Piers Plowman, C version
Contents:Piers Plowman, C version
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:Late 14th c
Scribal Hands:
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Dialect:LP : 7300; County : S Herefords
No of Folios:1 paper flyleaf (foliated i) + 1 parchment slip bound in (foliated ii), only about 1 inch high and width of book, on verso of which written 'God spede the plowgh / and sende vs corne ynowgh' in 15-16th c script + pages 1-128 + two paper flyleaves foliated iii and iv.
Pagination:Modern red ink arabic in upper outer corners recto, but since paginating only odd numbers, the versos being the evens and not numbered.
Quiring:Collation from James:18-38 [5 canc] 48-88 810 (wants 1)
Catchwords:By scribe, usual place in lower margin last leaf verso, running up to frame line, with red parallelogram drawn around.
Page Size:250 x 165
Frame:Square extending to edges, no ruling; top line cuts through top line of text
Writing Space:212 x 122
Incipits and Explicits:Explicits, incipits and lines of Latin, some written in red, most written in black and overwritten in red. Red highlights first initial every line, many leaves have red squiggle as if for line-filler at ends of lines. Usual explicits, last on page 128 treats as end: 'Explicit secundus & vltimus de dobest'
Marginal Headings:Usual rubric or red-overwritten explicits and incipits for passus, by scribe, in lines left for them (written as he went along).
Flourished Initials:Enlarged red initials 10-line letter I on page 1, thereafter 2-line, no flourishing.
Further Information:James 2.70
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