London, British Library, Additional 10052

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Repository: British Library
Idno:Additional 10052
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Date and Language
Date:s. xv
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect: Warwickshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped but McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin state 'language possibly of E Warwicks' (1986, p. 246).
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A fifteenth-century manuscript containing the Latin Speculum Religiosorum and the Speculum Christiani.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:200 x 133 mm
Collation: 18, ff. 1r-8v; 28, ff. 9r-17v; 38, ff. 18r-25v, catchword; 48, ff. 26r-34v, catchword; 58, ff. 35r-41v; 68, ff. 42r-49v, catchword; 78, ff. 50r-57v, catchword; 88, ff. 58r-65v, catchword; 910, ff. 66r-75v. Tabs, integral to folios on ff. 52, 54, 60, 62, 67, 68, 69, 71.
Layout:Pricking not visible. Writing space of 145 x 90 mm. Single columns with c. 28 lines. Frame ruled in brown/purple crayon with lines in drypoint.
Writing: One scribe writing in a large Anglicana Formata, with thick and straight minims which retain the formal appearance of the gothic script. There are no pronounced serifs on the head and foot of the minims. Double compartment a, with a long stem which runs from the head to the bottom supporting the lower lobe and the initial top lobe, the letter is finished with a small curved stroke on the left (perhaps continuous?); squashed lobe of d with a sharp angle on the left and a small ascender which curves towards the left closing itself into another lobe; 8-shaped g with diamond shaped head, the descender closes into a large rounded lobe, finishing in a squarish point attached to the head, from both sides the stroke extends beyond the descender. Short forked r and short r are used both in medial and final position; long, rounded sigma s used regularly. Minims traced separately. Emphatic capital letters often used for proper names, but not exclusively. Body height: 3 mm. Another fifteenth-century hand carries on the text on ff. 74-76.
Decoration: Text 1 - f. 1r: three-line blue and red initial with red pen-work decoration around the letter giving rise to a full border in blue and red. Red and blue paraphs. Two-line blue initials with red penwork extensions. Text 2 - title in red. Two-line blue initials with red penwork flourishing extending down the left margin.
Binding: Not medieval.
Foliation:ff. 75
Additions:'Written by John Watson' appears on the first fly-leaf.
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Provenance:The second flyleaf carries the inscription '1819 White Knights Library 1450'.
Acquisition:Purchased in 1836. Heber's sale Lot 1449.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, January 2004. Script described by Orietta Da Rold, University of Birmingham, October 2004.
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