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Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 638
Title:Anthology of poems
Author:Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate
Contents:Poems; Anelida and Arcite, Legend of Good Women, Parlement of Foules, Book of Duchess etc
Date Range:1475-1500
Scribal Hands:
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Material:Combination; paper with outer and inner bifolia of each quire in parchment.
No of Folios:i + 219 + i
Quiring:1 (16), 2 (20), 3 (16), 4 (14), 5 (16), 6 (16) (4 missing), 7 (14), 8-12 (16), 13 (16)(missing 11), 14 (14)(missing 9).
Signatures:Ink, right corner of first recto page of quire. Only three remain, 'ii' on f1, 'iii' on f37 and 'viii' on f98 thus a missing quire at the beginning.
Catchwords:Centre bottom by scribe. Scroll surround and in red ink
Page Size:195 x 137
Frame:Dry point, brown, red.
Writing Space:Varies; 144-154 x 85
Incipits and Explicits:Latin
Marginal Headings:Red
Running Titles:Red throughout.
Paragraph Marks:Occasional; red
Flourished Initials:Red 2-4 lines in height
Other Names (not owners):On f214 'be me Humffrey Fflemyn' On f194v is 'TH 1573'. Seymour suggests that this is possibly Thomas Howlett who also signed MS. Rawlinson poet. 163.
Further Information:In the Bodleian Catalogue by 1620. 'Manuscript Bodley 638. A facsimile', intro. by P. Robinson (1982). Introduction by P. R. Robinson.
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