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London, British Library MS Arundel 119
Title:Lydgate, Destruction of Thebes
Contents:Destruction of Thebes
Scribal Hands:
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Dialect:LP 9450; County: Essex
Pagination:Modernish pencil top right.
Signatures:No a's visible. b, d, e, f, g, h, and upper case I, and k are all visible followed by roman numerals i-iiij.
Catchwords:Regularly present with elaborate boxing decorated in various ways with penwork.
Page Size:273 x 190
Frame:4 x vertical - a single then a space then a double thus creating a margin for glosses and headings. 4 x horizontal with each pair enclosing top and bottom lines. Pricking still visible in places. Ruled throughout in grey plummet or sometimes in fine black ink.
Writing Space:193 x 105
Incipits and Explicits:In red ink to introduce or conclude each part.
Marginal Headings:Both explanatory and summary glosses appear in the specially ruled marginal box in red ink by the scribe. Most are preceded by pen-flourished paraphs.
Running Titles:In red ink by the scribe denoting 'Prima pars, secunda pars, tercia pars'.
Title by Scribe:The first folio begins with 'Incipit prologue' by the scribe in red ink above the four-sided border.
Borders:A 4-sided border for the opening folio. Two three-sided borders for the beginning of parts 2 and 3. Red, pink, blue, gold and green.
Historiated Initials:The opening folio has a 6-line historiated initial with a pilgrim on a horse dressed in black.
Illuminated Initials:A 6-line initial begins the second part, a 4-sided one begins the third part. Pink and blue on a gold ground and attached to the 3-sided border.
Paragraph Marks:Blue with red flourishing, gold with blue flourishing. They act as markers in the text and are also used in the margins to precede marginal headings or Explicits and Incipits.
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