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Oxford, Bodleian Library MS e. Musaeo 16
Title:De Proprietatibus Rerum
Contents:Trevisa's De Proprietatibus Rerum
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:Mid-15th century?
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:1 paper flyleaf + text block ff1-310 + 1 paper flyleaf
Pagination:Modern pencil in upper outer corners recto, 1-310.
Signatures:Signatures in bold dark ink, count leaves in quire in arabic numbers preceded by letters but scribe doesn't use the letters to count quires, instead a quire might have (eg ff214-18, +1, A2, B3, C4, D5, E6; but this one more regular than most), looks like scribe's hand and ink; another set of signatures below this further into outer corner, faint grey ink may be originals by supervisor? Does use letters to count quires, eg the quires of 214-18 has 'Z' in extreme lower corner, numbers cropped.
Catchwords:By scribe centred under second column, last leaf verso each quire, in well-drawn scrolls sometimes shaded with red (eg f192v).
Page Size:405 x 268
Frame:4 x vertical for 2 columns, 4 x horizontal enclosing top and bottom lines, ruled within columns; fine grey lines; no pricking survives.
Writing Space:318 x 192 in 2 columns, 88 + 19 + 88
Incipits and Explicits:Since acephalous and atelous, no overall; just book incipits and explicits.
Marginal Headings:By scribe(s), rubric in space ruled for text, probably written as went along, eg 'De Argento Capitulum vij' on f171ra. Rubric chapter headings in text block.
Running Titles:Rubric book numbers as running titles, 'liber' on versos and number on rectos; red underlining of Latin, red touching on initials.
Borders:New books begin with full bar borders in blue, rose, orange, green and gold.
Illuminated Initials:New books begin with 7-line blue and rose initials with highlighting, foliage patterns on gold ground; 2-4-line gold initials on parti-coloured blue and rose grounds with white highlighting, sprays of opposed tiny green leaves and gold balls.
Paragraph Marks:Red paraph marks
Miscellaneous Info:Note many drawings in margins, including a whole set of animals in the portion of MS describing them. Begins imperfectly in book 5, ends imperfectly in book 19.
Further Information:Summary Catalogue
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP