Oxford, Bodleian Library, Junius 56

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Junius 56
AltName:SC 5167
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Date and Language
Date:s. xv1
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal dialect: Worcestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 400 258, LP 7690 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 250).
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A copy of the Prick of Conscience from the first half of the fifteenth-century.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:205 x 135 mm
Collation:Catchwords on ff. 5v; 21v; 29v; 36v; 48v; 80v; 88v; 96v; 120v.
Layout:Pricking not visible. Writing space of 145 x 85 mm. Single columns with 30 lines. Frame and lines ruled in drypoint .
Writing: One scribe writing in a Textura Semi-Quadrata script. Characteristics: dotted y; B-shaped w; double compartment a; ž; 2-shaped r in medial position; short ascenders and descenders. Body height: 2 mm.
Decoration: In red: couplets marked by red brackets alternately drawn with straight or wiggly lines; red paraphs; some lines crossed through in red with red curls at the end; first letter of each line. Two-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing extending into border. Four-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing into left margin. Nota bene/index signs: ff. 38v, 82v, 111v, 117v, etc., hand. A later owner has drawn and infilled black triangles which point to various parts of the text.
Binding: Medieval. Early fifteenth century. 210 x 135 mm. Covered in white leather now brown. Rebacked. Mitred and pasted. Support of oak boards; two v-shaped channels have been cut into the board at top and bottom with one channel between them; white leather thongs (c. 10 mm wide) remain in the channels with one wooden peg on the front cover and all three pegs remaining on back cover. Original sewing. Five raised bands across the spine. Evidence of clasp (channel c. 20 x 15 mm) in middle of fore edge. Original pewter catch remains on back cover.
Foliation:ff. 120. Foliation written in black ink probably by its former owner Junius (Madan 1937, p. 962-963).
Additions:There are occasional marginal notes in the same hand as that of the text. Junius has added 'De notitia sui ipsius/ What man is, and was, and schal be' at line 182. He also added other Latin titles to books and some comments in the margins. F. 57v top margin - 'John (d?)ampaed/ oth this booke' and top left 'the man is blest that has not g__ '. F. 58r carries two further inscriptions. Junius has added an insert at f. 64r - three lines of Latin and then '?ou falle y not to knowe ye tyme preyere žat ye fader ha__ set in his p__ste. pag 64'. F. 102v - inscription in the left margin.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, July 2003.
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Related Manuscripts and other documents Textual Lewis and McIntosh classify this manuscript as Group 4 (1982, p. 105).
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