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Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 322
MS Appellation:SC 21896
Title:Devotional Works
Contents:Lydgate's Calendar; 9 lessons of the Dirige; Parce Michi Domine; Orilogium Sapientiae; How to Die, religious didactic works in English prose including 'The XII Chapitres' attributed to Richard Rolle
Language:English and Latin
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.
Dialect:LP 6240; County: Essex
No of Folios:i (original flyleaf) + 101 + i newer paper flyleaf; ends incomplete on f101v with only 4 leaves in last quire.
Pagination:Ink, arabic but not medieval on ff2-11v (numbers 1-20); modern pencil foliation in far upper outer corner, 1-102 including final paper flyleaf.
Signatures:Signatures in second part beginning on f18 with a cross and i-iiij; a+i on f26, b+i on f34, c+i on f42, d+i on f50, e+i on f58.
Catchwords:In scrolls, as on f25v.
Page Size:275 x 180
Frame:4 x vertical enclosing two columns, 2 x horizontal with top line of frame as top of minim line.
Writing Space:213 x 68 per column = 213 x 142
Incipits and Explicits:Rubric by the scribe in space left between texts.
Marginal Headings:Rubric headings, sometimes several per page
Table of Contents:By the scribe on f1v which was originally a flyleaf; first quire begins on f2.
Historiated Initials:On f10 an initial of Job and God at the beginning of the 9 lessons on the Dirige; a dying person in bed on f27.
Illuminated Initials:On f18 a 7-line rose initial with white highlights and blue, green, rose, orange on solid gold ground, foliage and sprays into whole of left margin and half of upper and lower margins; also 'KL' of various colours, rose, green with white highlighting on solid gold ground; alternating red and blue with black on calendar pages
Miniatures:On f15 miniature of dreamer and bird at beginning of 'Parce Michi Domine
miniature of death on f19v
Paragraph Marks:Alternating red and blue paraphs, red headings and blue initials with red pen-work; blue or red paraphs which precede the marginal glosses extend the length of the gloss, f40.
Flourished Initials:2-line blue Lombard initials with red pen-work
Other Names (not owners):Coats of arms on f10 and f78; William Baron in top margin of f10 and his arms with another's below first column on f78; the other person's arms are inside the initial in second column on f78; f78 is the beginning of Rolle's 12 chapters 'De Emendacione peccatoris
f78 is the middle folio of the quire recto leaf.
Miscellaneous Info:William Baron also owned Oxford, St. John's 208 (copied by Hand C of TCC R. 3.19), and Oxford Bodleian, Bodley 596, part 1 (by Owl artist scribe). Note: Douce 322 was exemplar for Harley 1706, ff1-95. Similar hands in Bodley 596 part 2 and Bodley Laud misc. 416.
Further Information:Douce Catalogue. Lalme 1.148 says: 'Two hands in similar language: religious tracts and verse. Mark of ownership: the arms of Knollys of North Mimms, Herts (SE of St. Albans). Also had connexions with Dartford, Kent'.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP