Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby 205

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Digby 205
AltName:SC 1806
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Date and Language
Date:s. xvin
Language: English
Dialect:Scribe 1 (ff. 1r-7r): Scribal Dialect: Worcestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 382 259, LP 7710 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 250). Scribe 2 (ff. 9r-122r): Scribal Dialect: Warwickshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 450 263, LP 8110 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 245).
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A manuscript of the first quarter of the fifteenth century (Hudson 1966, p. 360, n. 2) including a prose chronicle and Robert of Gloucester's Chronicle.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:310 x 200 mm
Collation: Catchwords: ff. 16v; 24v; 32v; 40v; 48v; 56v; 63v; 72v; 80v; 88v; 96v; 104v; 112v; 120v.
Layout:Pricking: round holes. Writing space of 230 x c. 125 mm. Single columns with 46 lines. Frame and lines ruled in drypoint? - lines now grey.
Writing: One scribe writing in black ink in an Anglicana Formata hand. Characteristics: double compartment a; long s in initial and medial position; B-shaped w; hooked ascenders on h, b, and l; B-shaped s in final position; 2-shaped r in final position. Body height: 3mm.
Decoration: Item 1: two-line blue initials, one-line red initials, red glosses, initials in text tinted red. Index signs, such as hands ff. 16v, 17v. Item 2: first letter of each line tinted red. Initial letter of text missing. Initials in text tinted red.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 320 x 215 mm. Usual Digby binding. Covered in tan leather with blind tooled edging in gold of a single line with the lozenge of Sir Kenelm Digby in central position also tooled in blind with the Digby arms. Cover mitred and pasted onto pasteboard with five raised bands on spine. Two clasps, both complete/intact.
Foliation:ff. ii + 1-126 + ii.
Additions: F. 8v contains lines added by a later owner. Text 2: various pen-trials and notes (perhaps about the text) in the generous margins.
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Provenance:F. 7r - scribbles in a fifteenth/sixteenth-century hand with the name ?'Iohannes hande', .
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, March 2004.
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