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Tokyo, Takamiya Collection MS 23
MS Appellation:olim Sion College MS L 40.2 E76
Title:Piers Plowman, B version
Contents:Piers Plowman, B Version
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:16th century c. 1550 (Kane Donaldson)
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:182 pages + 3 paper flyleaves
Signatures:Quire signatures number each leaf, so letter plus arabic number 1-4 at bottom right of every leaf; begins a2 on first leaf and continues to z4, then two more possibly tyronian 'et' but cropped completely on first and only top shows on second with top of '2'.
Page Size:262 x 185
Frame:Dry point left margin only; (chain lines provide horizontal lines)
Writing Space:233 x ca. 140
Incipits and Explicits:Acephalus and ends f182v at bottom of page so only Passus headings.
Marginal Headings:Same ink as text, written by scribe in spaces left between lines for them, larger than rest of text and wider nib so bolder.
Other Names (not owners):Last paper flyleaf (detached but probably recto), 'Bolton Wansell', 16th century; margins of f66v have notes relating to ownership by 'Thomas Hewlet' and to MS having been written by 'George Hewlet': Mr Thomas Hewlet oow this boke and [..] .. bring ' well for his labor that George Hewlet write' other notes and scribbles, including f33v 'William j'.' in left margin.
Further Information:Benson & Blanchard; Takamiya list in Marrow, et al., The Medieval Book
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP