Oxford, Bodleian Library, Laud Misc. 601

| Shelfmark | Date and Language | Contents |
| Physical Description | History | Record History | Bibliography |

Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Laud Misc. 601
AltName:SC 1491
Back to Top

Date and Language
Date:s. xivex
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect: South East Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 393 198, LP 6980 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 196).
Back to Top

A late fourteenth-century, c. 1374-1400, decorated copy of the Prick of Conscience with prayers added by a late fifteenth-century hand.

Back to Top

Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:310 x 210 mm
Collation:Fifteen quires. Eights. Catchwords throughout.
Layout:Pricking heavily cropped. Writing space of c. 220 x 140 mm. Single columns with 31 lines. Ruled in drypoint.
Writing: Scribe 1 (ff. 1-115) writing in an Anglicana hand. Characteristics: 2-shaped r; double compartment a; dotted y; hooked ascender on b and l; flat topped t; ž; B-shaped w. Body height 3 mm. Scribe 2 (f. 115v) writing in a Textura Semi-Quadrata hand. Characteristics: double compartment g, 2-shaped r in medial position; double compartment a. Body height: 5 mm.
Decoration: Rubrics and rectangle drawn around some lines in red. Frequent three-line gold initials with attractive mauve/lilac pen-work flourishes. One full bar-frame border on initial page (f. 1r). Motifs: alternating blue/rose vine with interlace corner roundels on a gold ground; pairs of alternating blue/gold/rose trefoils cross on short, thick stems over the bar. The trefoils are topped by a gold ball with a pen squiggle. On right-hand side gold balls with pen squiggles grow from vine into text space side. Pairs of leaves grow across the bar along the vine.
Binding:Medieval. Size: 310 x 210 mm. Originally red leather although Pächt and Alexander describe it as 'white' (1973, p. 67). Mitred and pasted. Support of bevelled oak boards. Wormholes. Sewing unascertainable. Six raised bands across the spine. Remains of two straps on the fore edge and one on the bottom edge.
Foliation:ff. i + 116
Additions:F. 116r - scribbles, inscriptions, f. 116v - musical notation.
Condition:In good condition with its original binding. Texts still clear and decoration fresh.
Back to Top

Provenance: Sixteenth century: F. 116r - 'John Morgan' - late fifteenth/early sixteenth century.
Back to Top

Record History
Catalogued and encoded by Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, 2003.
Back to Top

Related Manuscripts Lewis and McIntosh associate this manuscript with: Lichfield Cathedral, MS 16 (Scribe 1 - strong southwestern dialect, probably Somerset, south Gloucestershire, or Wiltshire; Scribe 2 - strong East Anglian); London, British Library, MS Harley 1731 (north east Wiltshire); and San Marino, California, Huntington Library, MS HM 125 (Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border) (1982, pp. 142-143).
Back to Top