Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodl. 177

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Repository:Bodleian Library
Idno:Bodl. 177
AltName:SC 2072
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Date and Language
Date:s. xivex
Dialect:Scribal Dialect for both hands (Scribe 1 - ff. 11v, and 17r-21v; Scribe 2 - f. 61v): Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 381 216, LP 7151 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 196).
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Miscellaneous alchemical, astrological, astronomical, and medical treatises in Latin and English. The manuscript is made up of four manuscripts written in the last quarter of the fourteenth century (Madan 1922) whilst Watson dates ff. 22-32 to 1383 or 1384 (1984, p. 13, n. 70). Minimal English content.

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Physical Description
Support:Parchment of variable quality, dark and thick, some thin. F. 16 is paper.
Extent:265 x 190 mm
Collation: Unascertainable
Layout:Columns: Mainly double, some single. Lines: c. 50.
Writing: Scribe 1: ff. 11v and 17r-21v. Small Anglicana of the end of the fourteenth century. Characteristics: double compartment a; dotted y; long s in initial and medial position, closed rounded s in final position; open 8-shaped g; open looped w; mostly long r; ?. Body height: 1.5-2 mm. Scribe 2: f. 61v (Devotion to the Cross) - small cursive (Onions 1918, pp. 228-229). Characteristics: single a; long s in initial and medial position, closed rounded s in final position; 8-shape g; open w; long r; ; ?. Body height: 1-1.5mm.
Decoration: Some three-line blue initials with red penwork. Alternate blue and red initials. Red, and blue paraphs. Fifteenth-century alphabet f. 20v, pen drawn, not decorated or coloured (Pcht and Alexander 1973, Pl. cvi, no. 1143). Various diagrams throughout eg. ff. 51v-52v are drawings of alchemical instruments. One folio with a parchment circle attached with string. For a detailed description of the decoration see Eljenholm-Nichols 2000.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 270 x 200 mm. Cover of undecorated brown suede mitred and pasted over 5mm pasteboard. Four raised bands across the spine. Evidence of two clasps on the exterior covers.
Foliation:ff. v + 70 (i-v paper, 6-70 paper).
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Provenance:The name 'Thomas Aynow' is written on f. 37 in a fifteenth-century script.
Acquisition:Presented by (Sir) Richard Worseley in the first half of 1607.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003 and Orietta DaRold June 2005.
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