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USA, San Marino, CA, Henry E. Huntington Library MS HM 744
Title:Works of Hoccleve
Contents:Balade to King Henry V (IMEV 3853), ff50v-51v; Invocatio ad beatam virginem (IMEV 4233), ff31v-32v; Invocatio ad filium (IMEV 2389), ff28-30; Invocatio ad patrem (IMEV 3777), ff25-28; Invocation ad spiritum sanctum (IMEV 2326), ff30-31v; Lerne to Die (IMEV 3121), ff53-68v; Prayer to the Virgin (IMEV 3150), ff33-36; Miracle of the Virgin (IMEV 4122), ff36v-39; Roundel to Money (IMEV 3889), ff52v; Roundel Reply of Money (IMEV 1221), f52v; Roundel (IMEV 2640), f52v.
Language:English and Latin
Date Range:1421-1426; back flyleaf, dated 1463, illustrated Dutschke, vol. 2, figure 19.
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

No of Folios: ii (contemporary parchment + 68 + ii (contemporary parchment)
Pagination:Modern pencil foliation in the usual place.
Quiring:First two quires are 12's, the remainder are 8's.
Signatures:In the Hoccleve section, ff25-68v, signatures in red ink, letters plus roman numerals, with 'c' for the third quire in this section (now fifth in the volume), and 'e' for 5th quire in this section (now 7th in the volume); leaves of present quires 5-7 (3-5 of the Hoccleve section) also have roman numerals for the leaves as signatures in upper right corners.
Catchwords:On ff25-68v, towards the middle of the space below text on versos, by Hoccleve.
Page Size:233 x 160
Frame:2 x vertical; 4 x horizontal enclosing top and bottom lines; ruling mostly now invisible but pricking survives and remnants of crayon ruling.
Writing Space:147-150 x 100-105
Marginal Headings:In the same black ink as text but larger and more decorative form of the script, by Hoccleve.
Flourished Initials:On f1 a 3-line red initial. Articles 2-6 have 2-line blue Lombard initials with red flourishing. Dutschke notes that this was 'probably done by the same person who decorated arts. 2-6 in the first section of the book' (i.250); rest have spaces left for 2-line initials.
Other Names (not owners):Inventory on back two flyleaves dated 1444 and 1463 by same hand, probably by or for John Fyler: 'Thomas Fyler' three times on front flyleaf, fii; in the Easter table are birth and death notices of Fyler family, Thomas Fyler died 1424, John Fyler died 1444 and another John Fyler died 1471, another Thomas in 1473. Dutschke notes, 'A Thomas Fyler appears in the lists dated 1461 (twice) and 1474 in L. Lyell and F. D. Watney, eds., Acts of Court of the Mercers' Company 1453-1527 (Cambridge 1936), 52, 55, 78. Also on front and back flyleaves are merchant marks; and on back flyleaf the name 'Constantyn'.
Further Information:Dutschke, 1.247-51. See Dutschke, 1.251 for details and further later owners.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP