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Cambridge, Trinity College MS O.3.11 (1183)
MS Appellation:M. R. James catalogue 1183
Title:D'Oresme on changing money, London Charters
Contents:D'Oresme on changing money, London Charters
Date Range:Must have been completed before 1483 when John fforster's statement written into f178 'in the first yere of the R[eign] of k[ing] R[ichard] iijde'.
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:2 blank paper, new with binding(?) + parchment stub + 2 original flyleaves ruled but not written until c. 17th century + 1 parchment original flyleaf + 157 leaves of text written by scribe + folios 158-178 ruled by scribe and some foliated by scribe but not written by him; some texts added later to some folios + 2 newer paper (new with binding(?)
Pagination:The scribe foliated with roman numbers, beginning with 'ij' on f2, to 'vij', misses one blank, then begins 'vij' again on first page of first text, through 'clxix' on f169; modern pencil arabic foliation further into upper right corner, accounts for error at end of table of contents by adding foliation '5a' to fvi and '6' to fvii, and '6a' to blank that follows it, also continues foliation after 169 through 178.
Signatures:Lettered signatures (ie just letter) added to lower right first page of each quire, eg 'c' on f37, 'f' on f73, 'g' on f85, same blue-grey ink as used for pen-work decoration around initials.
Catchwords:By the scribe, centred or even a bit left of centre in lower margin, last page of each quire, no decoration.
Page Size:295 x 210
Frame:2 x horizontal, 2 x vertical, ruled within with top line enclosing text, in various colours of ink including red, purple and brown; pricking with a wheel.
Writing Space:180 x 123
Marginal Headings:Rubric headings in spaces left for them, by the scribe and prefixed by rose paraphs.
Table of Contents:By the scribe on ff i to vii (1-6 including 5a) keyed to roman foliation by scribe.
Paragraph Marks:Alternating red and rose paraphs before major sentence breaks in texts, in lists, before scribal glosses, before roman numeral foliation.
Flourished Initials:2-3-line red lombard initials with blue penwork around letter.
Miscellaneous Info:A reference for finding a text relating to a law passed during Cooke's mayoralty regarding the Masters of London Bridge being required to raise the bridge for ships needing to pass under it, copied into this book, and rubric at end of text on flxv (65) is 'Thomas Cooke of london maare entred in the Booke marked with the letter 'L' the leef xliiij'. Another similar on f63: 'Entred in the booke marked with the letter G the leef Clxxiiij in the tyme of Adam of Bury than Maire the yeere of Edward the iiij xxxix [nb error for Edward III since Edward IV did not reign for 39 years] 'It is ordeyned that if any huyre Tenement or house in the Citee of london or in the suburbis...' Another on f63: 'Entred in the booke marked with the letter K the leef ccxxj 'Cum alias apud quosdam orta fuisset materia dubitanda de et super antiquissima consueta...Whereof as of tyme among al persones hath bien grevous matiers of doubte..Wherof seeyng the bookis of old tyme and many Recordis serchid for old processis...A copie of the letyng of houses in london for terme of lif or yeeris entred in the booke marked with the letter K the leef 221 in ?e in the Guyldhalle enrolled' These refer to letter books of Corporation of London, so must this scribe have had access to them?
Further Information:NB. The style of volume with table of contents, decoration, etc. all point to production of these two volumes at about the same time, and for same client/patron, possibly Sir Thomas Cooke in the 1460s. See f37v 'Sowthwark' for same annotator as in R.14.52. f95 has annotations in rose coloured ink similar to that used for paraphs'might this relate to one of Sir Thomas Cooke's cases?
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