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London, British Library MS Additional 45680
Title:De Proprietatibus Rerum (fragments)
Contents:Fragment of Trevisa, De Proprietatibus Rerum, ff48r-49v.
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:15th century hand, perhaps third quarter(?)
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:2; one bifolium but not continuous (was outer bifolium of quire), in a volume of fragments
Pagination:Modern pencil in upper outer corners running through all the fragments in the volume; a previous method of distinguishing part of this volume was naming sections alphabetically by items donated by various people, and this is third item in Part N of the MS, 'presented by G. Gotto, Esq.'
Catchwords:On f49v by scribe under second column, nearer right than left side of the ruled column, several words with a crude scroll drawn around them in black ink.
Page Size:342 x 222 as it survives (it is severely cropped, with loss of all margin space at top and outer edges).
Frame:What survives is 4 x vertical enclosing the two columns and 4 x horizontal enclosing top and bottom lines, ruled within columns, dry point (there may have been ruling for glosses in outer margin but no outer margin survives; or ruling for running titles but no upper margins survive).
Writing Space:282 x 196
Marginal Headings:Red chapter headings. Rubric by scribe in space left at end of line before the next chapter begins, eg 'De tygre Capitulum vj-m' on f49rb naming the Tigre river since all other chapters here on f49 are on rivers; chapters on f48 relate to birds (de coruice' for crow, 'de coruo' for raven on f48v).
Paragraph Marks:Frequent red paraphs.
Flourished Initials:Frequent 3-line red initials with grey penwork flourishing to form a box around the letter.
Further Information:Additional catalogue
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP