Oxford, Bodleian Library, Douce 78

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Douce 78
AltName:SC 21652
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Date and Language
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect: Herefordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 353 237, LP 7350 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 199).
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Various prayers to Christ and the Virgin, medical recipes, and the romance Titus and Vespasian. A rather scrappily made manuscript although the hand looks 'professional', perhaps written by the owner.

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Physical Description
Support: Paper
Extent:c. 195 x c. 135 mm
Collation: No catchwords.
Layout:Pricking: none seen. Writing space of 155 x 90 mm. Single columns with c. 24 lines. No ruling visible.
Writing: One scribe writing in black ink in an Anglicana hand. Body height: 2 mm.
Decoration: Item 1: first letter of each four lines tinted red with a red dash at the side. End of text underlined in red. Item 2: first letter at beginning of each quatrain tinted red with a red paraph-like mark next to it. Half lines filled with a red line. End of text underlined in red. First letter of text has a large, red Lombardic initial. Item 3: red Lombardic initial A starts text. Decoration as above. Item 4: two-line red Lombardic initial T. Decoration as above. Item 5: end of text underlined. Item 6: end of text underlined. Red Lombardic initial starts text.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 140 x 205 mm. Cover of pink/red paper. Spine carries 'FRAGMENT OF POETRY & MS 15 CEN'. Five raised bands across the spine.
Foliation:2 paper, 2 parchment flyleaves + 76 (f. 76 is a paper flyleaf). Really iv + 75 + i.
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Provenance:F. ii cut out of shield with the name 'Owen Brereton' stuck in.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, March 2004.
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