Manuscript DescriptionLondon, British Library, Sloane 2578
|Contents:||Langland, Piers Plowman, B-text; prophecies in verse and prose, mostly in English.|
|Language:||English and Latin|
|Date Range:||Late 15th or 16th century, based on the script.|
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.
|No of Folios:||4 new heavy paper flyleaves, first of which marbled on recto + 4 paper flyleaves + texts on ff5-111v + 6 more paper leaves now ff112-117 + 4 heavy paper flyleaves last of which marbled on verso.|
|Pagination:||Modern pencil 1-117 including flyleaves at front and back, not including heavy paper modern flyleaves; an older ink foliation begins with a symbol on f5, and number 1 on f6, continuing 5 lower through the volume to '107' on modern f112 which is blank on recto and begins the index at back on verso.|
|Quiring:||8s or 12s; difficult to tell.|
|Signatures:||Signatures(?) lower edge of page 21 (old foliation 16) on recto near the gutter, 'd|
and on f23 both '6' and 'f', on f24 both '7' and 'g', on f25 both '8' and 'h'.
|Page Size:||203 x 152|
|Frame:||2 x vertical lines to edges, drypoint, or only left and it shows through from one side to the other; allows wide space at outer edge for notes, glosses, of which majority are cross-references to folios and a or b to lead reader to other prophecies of similar content(?)|
|Writing Space:||188 x 102 on f107v|
|Index:||Alphabetical index on flyleaves at front and back referring to folios and a for recto and b for verso. Written late 15th or 16th century.|
|Marginal Headings:||Not many, occasionally to content, as 'The egle' on f70v at beginning of a new prophecie beginning, 'The same prince faire of face'|
|Other Names (not owners):||Many names in the prophecies.|