London, British Library, Harley 2417

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Repository: British Library
Idno:Harley 2417
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Date and Language
Date:s. xv1
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal dialect: North West Worcestershire. Earlier, incorrectly analysed as Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 371 273, LP 702 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 249).
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A copy of Mirk's Festial from the first half of the fifteenth century. The other part of this manuscript is now London, British Library, Harley 2420.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:c. 200 x 135 mm
Collation:110 wanting 1 (this stub is foliated as 1), ff. 2-9v, catchword; 28, ff. 10r-17v, catchword; 38, ff. 18r-26v, catchword; 48, ff. 27r-33v, catchword; 54 + 2 [the first 2 folios appear to be missing, just stubs remain but the text is unaffected], ff. 34-39v, catchword; 68, ff. 40r-47v, catchword; 78, ff. 48r-55v, catchword; 88, ff. 56r-63v, catchword; 98, ff. 64r-71v, catchword; 108, ff. 72r-79v, catchword; 118, ff. 80r-87v.
Layout:Pricking where seen, very small, neat, round holes. Writing space of 140 x 90 mm. Single columns with 30 lines. Frame and lines ruled in drypoint.
Writing: Characteristics: a compact Anglicana Formata with ascenders not much higher than the minims; dotted y; hooked ascenders on b, h, and k; long s in initial position; double compartment d; 2-shaped r; B-shaped w; double compartment g; single lobed a. Body height: 2mm.
Decoration:In red: titles, first initial of each homily, underlining of key words and phrases, rubrication throughout. No other decoration.
Binding: Not contemporary. Rebound in 1968. Each quire is now remounted.
Foliation:ff. 87
Condition:Homily for the Translation of St. Thomas of Canterbury crossed through. Folio 84r onwards - leaves badly stained. Writing on ff. 86v-87r very faint. Folio 87v - discoloured and writing virtually illegible. Incomplete, ends at f. 87v halfway through Homily for All Souls.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003.
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Related Manuscripts and other documents Scribal The same scribe worked on what is now London, British Library, Harley 2420. The two manuscripts were originally one.
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