Oxford, Bodleian Library, Laud Misc. 553

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Laud Misc. 553
AltName:SC 1118
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Date and Language
Date:s. xv
Language: English
Dialect:Scribe of ff. 1r-19r: Scribal Dialect: Herefordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 359 221. LP 7310 (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin 1986, p. 199). Scribe of ff. 31-37, 41v-42v, 45-63r, 69r-72v and Scribe of ff. 30v, 38r-41r, 43r-44v, 63v-68r, 73r-74v: Scribal Dialect: Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 367 211, LP 7211 (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin 1986, p. 196)
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A fifteenth-century manuscript of Agnus Castus, a translation of Galen's De Phlebotomia, and various other medical texts in several hands.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:255 x 175 mm
Collation: Unascertainable
Layout:Various but usually single columns with a written space of 200 x 120 mm; ff. 7v-19r - single columns with a writing space of 190 x 120 mm. Ruled in drypoint; pricking of very small round holes; frame and lines ruled in drypoint (faint grey lines).
Writing: Various scribes writing in a cursive script. Scribe of ff. 7v-19r writing in an Anglicana script. Characteristics: close hand; single lobed a in initial position ž; v-shaped r in medial position; hooked ascender on h; ascenders and descenders relatively short; flat topped t; 2-shaped r in medial and final position; B-shaped w; writing above the line. Body height: 2 mm.
Decoration: Ff. 5r-6v - initial letters infilled red. Ff. 7v-19r - frequent two/three-line blue Lombardic initials with red penwork with red penwork infill. Frequent alternate red and blue paraphs. First initial of text: five-line Lombardic initial A with serrated pattern of blue and red with red penwork infill and red and blue penwork on the outside. Ff. 20r-30r, 32v-74v - red and blue paraphs, underlining in red, two-line blue Lombardic initials.
Binding: Not contemporary.
Foliation:ff. iii + 78 leaves. Really iii + 81 leaves as 14, 15, and 23 are doubled.
Additions:Frequent marginalia referring to the text in a seventeenth-century hand.
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Provenance:F. 74v of 'Robert Okeham'. In Laud's possession 1637 (Ogilvie-Thompson 2000, p 56).
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003.
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