Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodl. 652

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Repository:Bodleian Library
Idno:Bodl. 652
AltName:SC 2306
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Date and Language
Date:s. xiii2
Dialect:Scribal dialect, ff. 1r-10v: Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 418 235, LP 6930 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 196).
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A late thirteenth-century tri-lingual manuscript containing Latin, English, and French texts.

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Physical Description
Extent:190 x 120 mm.
Collation: Unable to ascertain.
Layout:No pricking visible. Writing space: Item 1 - 145 x 90 mm. Item 2 - 155 x 90 mm. Item 3 - double columns 150 x 45 mm each. Columns are single and double. Lines: Item 1 - 27; Item 2 - 32; Item 3 - 34. Ruling in dry point.
Writing: One scribe writing in brown ink. Characteristics: forked tops to ascenders; double compartment g; double compartment a; B-shaped w but distinct (like two v's); ascender of d 45 degrees to left; long s in initial and medial position; ; frequent use of and ?. Body height: 2-3 mm.
Decoration: Artist 1: ff. 1r-10v - blue initial W with red pen-line flourishing. Alternate red and blue paraphs. Artist 2: ff. 11r-56v - eight-line gold initial S boxed in rose ground with blue infill with white decoration. Three-line blue initials. Two-line blue (aqua) initials with red penwork flourishing. Some initials tinted red. Artist 2?: f. 11r - five small figures drawn and coloured along top margin, unfortunately their heads have been cropped off. Right margin - well drawn and painted stork with a raised head and a ladybird (red with black spots) on the end of its beak. Artist 3: ff. 57r-64r - five-line gold initials boxed in rose with blue infill with white decoration on initial page (f. 57r) and four-line gold initial boxed in blue with rose infill with white decoration. Two-line blue initials with red penwork. Alternate blue and red two-line initial letters. Alternate red and blue initials mid-text. Some words and sentences in red, glosses in red.
Binding: Not medieval, but early, after 1520. Size: 197 x 125 mm. Coverered in plain brown leather mitred and pasted onto pasteboard. Four double thongs of white leather. Four raised bands across the spine. Evidence of two clasps on front cover fore edge and back cover. Not decorated.
Foliation:ff. i-vii + 70 (i and ii parchment - musical notation; iii - vi paper (no watermarks); vii original parchment flyleaf), 65-68 paper (no watermarks), 69 and 70 musical notation).
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Acquisition:Presented by Richard Worseley in 1607.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003.
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