Oxford, Bodleian Library, Douce 302

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Douce 302
AltName:SC 21876
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Date and Language
Date:s. xv1
Language: English
Dialect:Scribe 1 - Scribal dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 383 336, 189 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 237). Scribe 2 - Scribal Dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped but Benskin and McIntosh state 'N. Staffs language, very like that of the main hand' (1986, p. 239).
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A mid fifteenth-century (c. 1420-1426) collection of devotional and didactic texts with some in Latin, compiled by the author, .

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:270 x 195 mm
Collation:Uncertain. Possibly originally ten quires of six . Collation: Quire 1(lost); 2(lost; 3(lost); 46 (lacking 1-2); 56 (lacking 3-6); 66; 76; 86 (lacking 1); 96; 106 (See Fein 2003, p. 98, n. 3). There appear to be four sections to the book: 1. ff. 1r-22v - Audelay's The Counsel of Conscience (acephalous). 2. ff. 22v-27v - Audelay's Salutations and Prayers. 3. ff. 27v - 32r - Audelay's Carols. 4. ff. 32r-35r - A meditative close. English prose and alliterative verse, Latin verse, Audelay's Conclusion.
Layout:Pricking for frame visible. Double columns with 45-51 lines. Each column is 220 x 70 mm with a gap between the columns of 10 mm. Left margin - 17 mm; right margin - 22 mm. Ruled in drypoint - very slight hint of russet in places.
Writing: Scribe 1: Anglicana. Wrote the texts and left room for incipits and colophons. A small neat hand. Characteristics: dotted y; hooked ascender on d, b and h; double compartment w. Probably an Augustinian canon at Haughmond Abbey. Scribe 2: Provided titles, incipits, explicits, numerals, coloured initials, paraphs, indicators (item 3), a long colophon (item 33), last poem (item 85) and drawing (item 49). Probably an Augustinian canon at Haughmond Abbey.
Decoration: In red: scribal numbering; titles; colophons; brackets; paraphs. Two-line red initials. Three-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing. Drawing of the Holy Face on the Vernicle. Nine lines deep over one column with lips of the Holy Face tinted red (Fein 2003, p. 106, fig. 1).
Binding: Not medieval.
Foliation:ff. iii + 35 + ii. The initial flyleaves, i-ii are modern paper as are the final two flyleaves.
Additions:A U.V. photo of f. 35rb is pasted onto f. 37r. A print has been pasted onto the inside of the back cover which depicts a hunting scene, c. ?sixteenth century.
Condition:Only 35 of the original 60 folios remain.
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Provenance:F. 22v - - scribal colophon in Latin to The Counsel of Conscience: 'Finito libro sit laus et gloria christo liber vocatur concilium conciencie sic nominatur aut scala celi et vita salutis eterni iste liber fuit compositus per iohannem awdelay capellanum qui fuit secus et surdus in sua visitacione ad honorem domini nostri ihesu christi et ad exemplum aliorum in monasterio de haghmon anno domini millesimo ccccmo visecimo vjto cuius anime propicietur deus. Amen'. F. i - Richard Farmer, fifteenth-century hand. According to Doyle 1995, 'John Audelay, a blind chantry priest at the Augustinian Haghmond Abbey, Shropshire, in and possibly after 1426', p. 181. The manuscript 'later passed through the hands of a Coventry minstrel to an Austin canon of Laude, Leicestershire', p. 182.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded by Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, July 2003.Described with reference to Fein (2003).
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