Oxford, Bodleian Library, Gough Eccl. Top 4

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Gough Eccl. Top 4
AltName:SC 17680
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Date and Language
Date:s. xvmed
Language: English
Dialect:Scribe 1 (ff. 1r-97v, ff. 104r-106r) - Scribal Dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 413 348, LP 193 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 237). Scribe 2 (ff. 98r-103r) - Scribal Dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 409 345, LP 717 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 238). Scribe 3 - Scribal Dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped. Scribe 4 (f. 103v lines 8-11) - Scribal Dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 239).
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A mid fifteenth-century copy of John Mirk's Festial.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment with paper flyleaves. Many leaves very thick and dark with suede-like texture.
Extent:220 x 150 mm
Collation: Catchwords: ff. 8v, 16v, 24v, 32v, 40v, 48v, 56v, 66v, 74v, 82v, 90v, 121v, 129v, 137v, 147v, 155v.
Layout:Pricking marks - round holes. Writing space of 165 x c. 100 mm. Single columns with 31-34 lines. Frame and lines ruled in hardpoint.
Writing: Scribe 1 (main scribe (ff. 1r-97v, ff. 104r, line 8-164r)) working in an Anglicana script. Characteristics: small, clear hand; long s in medial position; sigma s in final position with vertical end stroke; minimal hairlines; 8-shaped g with diamond-shaped bowls; B-shaped w with first stroke detached; descender of y slopes slightly to the left. Body height - 1.5-2 mm (Erbe 1905 - facsimile of f. 78v). Scribe 2 (ff. 98-104r, line 7): Characteristics: detached strokes; less rounded script than Scribe 1; sigma s in final position; long s in medial position; 2-shaped r in medial position; single compartment g; descender of y loops to the right. Body height: 2mm.
Decoration: In red: intials, titles and headings except for the first one, 'Advent Sonday' (brown), rubrication throughout. Red paraphs throughout. F. 1r: initial G of 'Gode' - blue with red flourishing. Other first letters are red. Nota bene: hand - ff. 60r, 97v.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 230 x 155 mm. Covered in brown suede mitred and pasted onto pasteboard. Sewing unascertainable. Four raised bands across the spine. Decorated front and back with a central rectangle with kite shapes at corners. Tooled in blind.
Foliation:i + 164 + i. 'modern' ink - eighteenth/nineteenth century?
Additions:f. 164v - recipe?
Condition:From ff. 99v-114r leaves rubbed in places.
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Provenance: : f. 164r 'Tho: Martin of Palgrave in Suffolk', also signs his name on inside front cover 'Tho. Martin' and f. 1r 'Tho. Martin'. Henry Bonner: F. 164v, top, 'Liber iste attenet Henryco Bonner Rycmanswort Manente' (c. 1500).
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003.
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