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USA, New Haven, CT, Yale University, Beinecke Library MS 493
Title:Hoccleve's Series followed by Regement of Princes
Author:Hoccleve and Lydgate
Contents:Hoccleve's Series including: Complaint and Dialogue, ff1-16v; Tale of Emperor Jereslaus (IMEV 1561), ff16v-28v; Prose moralization on Tale of Emperor Jereslaus, ff28v-30; Lerne to Die (IMEV 3121), ff30-41; Prose moralization to Lerne to Die and Hoccleve's The Joys of Heaven in prose; Tale of Jonathas (IMEV 4072), ff42-51; Prose moralization on the Tale of Jonathas, ff51-51v; Lydgate's Dance of Macabre, ff51v-60v; Hoccleve, Regiment of Princes ff61-133v.
Datable:Shailor cites M.B. Parkes as dating third quarter of 15th century
Date Range:1450-1475
Scribal Hands:
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No of Folios:1 modern parchment matches pastedown + originally blank heavy parchment, added table of contents to verso from ?late 17-18? c = 1 (parchment) ' 134 (paper, 11th of a quire) + 1 modern parchment matches pastedown
Pagination:Modern pencil foliation, usual place; signatures in ink, lower case letters plus roman numerals with dot after letter, first 7 folios of each quire, a through k (eg b.ii' on 16, 'k.i' on 123, 'k.ii' on 124)
Quiring:14s with 1, 7, 8, 14 as parchment
Signatures:Signatures in lower outer corners of first half of quires, lower case letters plus roman numerals.
Catchwords:By scribe, lower right of last verso, but still mostly to left of inner margin marked by square frame, of which first letter red-highlighted and around which is black with red highlighting rectangle.
Page Size:288 x 208
Frame:Square frame not ruled within but just spaces for stanzas ruled; brown ink; pricking in outer and lower-upper margins all folios for the square frame
Writing Space:210 x 108
Incipits and Explicits:Explicit on f60v is 'Laus tibi sit xpe.....finis' in rubric by scribe.
Marginal Headings:Rubric glosses in outer margins with blue markings that start as solid paraph and then repeat so like multiple hills turned on side down whole left edge of note; red highlighting of ascenders from top line (which are exaggerated), red extensions from one descender of bottom line each page, criss-crossing and hatched; red rhyme markers.
Table of Contents:Added to f. iiv
Paragraph Marks:Alternating red and blue paraphs at beginning of each stanza.
Flourished Initials:4-line blue lombard initials, red penwork foliage pattern inside letter and elaborate red flourishing and penwork sprays in left margin next to letter.
Other Names (not owners):On f.ii (orig. flyleaf or cover?) 'Reynolds ao 1713 / Staff.' possibly in the same hand that wrote the table of contents on verso of same leaf.
Miscellaneous Info:Shailor says 'It appears that Bo La Ya were produced at approximately the same time, perhaps in the same scriptorium, but by different scribes' (2.475) Bo = Bodley 221 and La = Laud Misc. 735; also Selden Supra 53 ('Se') belongs to same group of Regement MSS, based on content and arrangement of MSS. See M. S. Marzec, '...' and A. S. G. Edwards, 'Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes: a Further Manuscript', Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, Transactions 5 (Edinburgh, 1978), p. 32.
Further Information:Shailor, Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, vol. 2: MSS 251-500 (Binghamton, NY: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1987), pp. 475-478.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP