Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, 74

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Repository: Sidney Sussex College
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Date and Language
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect, ff. 1r-50r, Worcestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 397 277, LP 7591 (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin 1986, p. 64). Scribal Dialect, ff. 143r-167v, Warwickshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 425 294, LP 677 (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin 1986, p. 65). Scribal Dialect, ff. 168r-176r, Northamptonshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference 448 241, LP 705 (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin 1986, p. 65).
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A late fourteenth/early fifteenth-century manuscript containing Wycliffite sermons (Hudson 1983, p. 70, Fletcher 1994, p. 131).

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:255 x 175/180 mm
Collation:Hudson collates as follows: 'ii paper stubs, ii paper flyleaves (making a quire of 4), i paper flyleaf with half an older flyleaf stuck over; 18 lacks 1-2, 8, 26 lacks 1, 312 lacks 1-2, 9-12, 4?6 lacks 1, 3-5, 512 lacks 3 and 9, 612 lacks 1-2, 11-12, 78 lacks 5 and 7, 810 lacks 2, 4-8, [1 leaf lost], 9-1210, 138, 148 lacks 7, 158, 166, 1712, 18-1914, 2014 lacks 14, 218, 226; 2 paper flyleaves and ii paper stubs (conjoint), 6 tabs of parchment used in an earlier binding' (1983, p. 70).
Layout:Rather large and untidy pricking at the four edges of the frame only. Writing space of 185 x 129 mm. Single columns with 37 lines. Frame ruled in brown crayon or light brown ink.
Writing: Scribe 1 (ff. 3r-18v, 19v-29v, 54v-142v, 179r, 181r-192v, 204v-207v). Writing in an Anglicana Formata hand with Secretary influences (see Fletcher p 133, n. 10). Scribe 2 (ff. 19r, 30r-54v, 143r-166v, 194r-204v) writing in an Anglicana Formata hand with Secretary influences. Characteristics: A more angular script than that of scribe 1 (see Fletcher p. 133, n. 10). Scribe 3 (ff. 168r-176r) writing in an Anglicana hand. Scribe ?4, ff. 176r-178v.
Decoration:Two-line Lombardic capitals in blue with red penwork decoration to indicate the beginning of texts. Red and blue paraphs and red boxed rubrics (e.g., f. 18). Catchwords are often boxed and decorated with brown ink (f. 42v). Brown ink line fillers tinted in blue at the end of some sermons (f. 29v).
Binding: Seventeenth-century binding. Size: 270 x 185 mm. Boards covered with suede. Six bands across the spine, however five are exposed and gilded with double lines in gold. Front and back cover decorated with an external double frame and internal rectangular frame of three lines with floral motifs at each corner.
Foliation:ff. iii + 207 + ii + ii paper strips pastedown before the binding. Parchment strips attached on the back spine between the last flyleaves and the binding.
Condition:External margin gnawed by rats. 13ff. missing/cut out with guard still available in the gutter.
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Origin:Fletcher suggests a possible centre in Oxford for a scriptorium (1994, p. 155).
Provenance:On f. 180v or Boyder.
Acquisition:Manuscript given to the college by Samuel Ward, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity in 1643. A printed label is glued to the first folio, 'Liber Collegii Dominae Franciscae Sidney-Sussex, / quem (una cum aliis MS) plurimum / Reverendus Vir/ Samuel Ward, S. T. D./ Professor pro Domina Margareta, dicti Collegii/ tertius Magister, ultima voluntate/ & testamento legavit./ Anno Dom. 1643.'
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded by Orietta DaRold, University of Birmingham, November 2004.
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Related Manuscripts and other documents Scribal Scribe 1 also copied parts of Dublin, Trinity College, MS 74, and was also Scribe 1 of London, British Library, MS Egerton 826 (Fletcher 1994, p. 152). Scribe 2 was also the scribe of Cambridge, Magdalene Pepys, 2616 and Scribe 2 of Wisbech Museum, MS 8 (Fletcher 1994, p. 151).
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