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EL 34 C 18(EL 1131)

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SIR JOHN FORTESCUE, GOVERNANCE OF ENGLAND and DECLARACION…UPPON CERTEN WRYTINGES SENT OUT OF SCOTLAND
England, s. XVIIin
1. f. 1r-v: The Contents of the first booke, The difference betweene Dominium Regale…; The Second booke is a Retractation made by Sr. John Fortescue of his opinion published in a former treatise for the title of H. 6 agaynst the title of Ed. 4. Also it conteyneth his recantation of a discourse formerly written by him Agaynst the Raigne of woemen. 2. ff. 2-26v: The dyfferens bytwene Dominium regale & Dominium politicum et regale, There be ii kynde of kyngdoms…when they shull not mowe do servyce. Finis. [ff. 27-30v, blank]
C. Plummer, ed., The Governance of England: otherwise called The Difference between an Absolute and a Limited Monarchy, by Sir John Fortescue (Oxford 1885; repr. 1926), here with chapters 1-18 only, pp. 109-54.
3. ff. 31-51v: The Declaracion made by John Fortescue knyght uppon certen wrytinges sent out of Scotland, ayenst ye Kinges title to his Royalme of Englond, A Lerned man in the Lawe of this Lond…for elles ye had done yerin ayenst ryght which me thynkyth ye be not disposid to do. Finis. [ff. 52-86v, blank]
T. Fortescue, 1st Baron Clermont, ed., “The Declaracion…upon Certayne Wrytinges…” in The Works of Sir John Fortescue, Knight (London 1869) 1:523-41.
Paper (Cockatrice, similar to Heawood 838, dated 1609; Armoiries, similar to Briquet 1369, Soleure 1593; Aigle, similar to Briquet 124, Luxembourg 1586, but with initials NF (?) at the bottom; unidentified coat of arms with crown at top of the shield, a horn within the shield, and a 4 and WR below the shield), ff. x (contemporary paper) + 86;305 × 197 (235-250 × 125-130) mm. 23-29 long lines, frame ruled in lead with no ruling across bottom of text frame; round prick marks in upper and lower margins. Collation beginning with flyleaves: 112(-1; 2 is the pastedown) 2-312 412(plus a quire of 4, ff. 27-30, between 2 and 3) 5-712 812(-12; 11 is the pastedown). Catchwords variously on the recto and verso of most leaves, written in the right lower margin immediately beneath the text and justified with the right margin.Written in a secretary script. First word of each section in a display script. Marginal notes in art. 3 in the hand of the scribe identifying the speakers as “Fortescu” and “The lerned Man.” Bound, s. XVII, in limp parchment, with traces remaining of 2 green silk fore edge ties. At the foot of the spine, written upside down in a seventeenth century hand, “Fortescue.” Written in England in the early seventeenth century. On f. i: a cancelled pressmark, “G.6” and a later pressmark, “K.5/6,” both in the hand of John Egerton (1622-86), 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, and, in modern pencil, the Bridgewater pressmark “522” corrected to “1131.” The current Bridgewater pressmark, “34 C 18,” on a paper label on the front pastedown. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington with the Bridgewater Library in 1917 (see pp. 5-7). Bibliography: De Ricci, 138.
Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Heawood
E. Heawood, Watermarks mainly of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Monumenta chartae papyraceae historiam illustrantia 1 (Hilversum 1950)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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