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EL 35 B 63 (EL 1123)

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EDWARD PLANTAGENET, THE MASTER OF GAME
England, s. XV2
ff. 1-44: Here begynneth þe Table off the Chapitres that beth Contenyd In þe Boke off Huntyng Whych ys Clepyde the Maystre off Game, Off þe hare and off hys nature. Capitulo primo…[f. 1v, Prologue:] To the honoure and Reuerence off þow my Ryght Wyrshypffull and dredde lorde He[n]ry by the grace off gode eldest sone and heyre vnto the hyh excellent and Cristyn prynce he[n]rye the iiiite…[f. 4, Text:] Here Endyth the Prologe and ffyrst Begynneth the Table off the hare and off hys Nature. Capitulo primo ut hic, The hare ys a comune Beest ynogh þerffor me nedeth nat to tell off hys makynge ffor þer be ffew men that ne haue seyne some off heme…Also whan his tuskes above ben lowe and ywered off þe nether tuskes it is a tokne of a grete Boor. Ardua lucra labor pariens non est honorosus/ Sepe dulcia gravi sub pondere munera crescunt. Here endeth þe Bokke of venerye Called þe Maystre off þe Geme which Spcyfyeth all þe Nature Off þe beestes of venerye And of here huntyng. [f. 44v, blank]
W. A. and F. Baillie-Grohman, eds., The Master of Game, by Edward, Second Duke of York (London 1904) printing the Middle English and a modern translation in parallel texts; EL 35 B 63 described on pp. 242-43. The second Baillie-Grohman edition (1909) gives only a modern translation. The order of chapters of this manuscript according to the text printed by the Baillie-Grohmans is 1-11, 27-36, 12-18, 20, 19, 21-25; Baillie-Grohmans’ chapter 25 occurs here in 3 parts as chapters 34-36; their chapter 26 not copied in this manuscript.
Parchment, ff. vi (early modern paper) + ii (parchment) + 44 + ii (parchment) + vi (early modern paper); 257 × 206 (201-211 × 165) mm. 1-58 64. Catchwords underlined in red or brown; in quires 4 and 5, additional catchwords in red or brown frames variously on the recto or verso of the leaves. 34-42 long lines, frame ruled in lead, top and bottom 2 lines full across. Written by 2 untidy hands with occasional secretary forms: i, ff. 1-10; ii, ff. 10-44; decorated top-line ascenders on the leaves written by the second scribe. Unornamented 2-line red initials; paragraph marks, chapter titles and most chapter numbers in red. Corrections in a contemporary hand; omitted passages added in the lower margins with tie marks to the text. Modern pencil numbering, 1-128, in the margins and slash marks approximately every 24 lines in the text appear to divide the portions of text for print; they do not correspond to either Baillie-Grohman edition, but may have been made by Captain Hart-Davis “who had proposed to publish an account of [this manuscript]” while it was still in the Bridgewater Library; see Baillie-Grohmans, p. 242. Some sample marks: on f. 4, “10” and in the text “/houndes must nedys ffynde…”; on f. 4, “11” and in the text “/ageyn by a nother and then…”; on f. 4v, “12” and in the text “/And abydyth styll whane…”; on f. 5, “13” and in the text “/in pleyn Cuntre or in ffeldes…” Bound, s. XVIIin, in polished calf over pasteboards, gold tooled; remains of 2 blue silk fore edge ties; rebacked. Written in England in the second half of the fifteenth century. Bridgewater Library pressmark label, “35/B/63,” inside front cover; on f. i, the number “1123” from another Bridgewater system and the bookplate from that Library. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington as part of the Bridgewater Library in 1917 (see pp. 5-7).
Secundo folio: [f. 2, Prologue:] I nempne; [f. 5, Text:] sent heme better
Bibliography: De Ricci, 138.
Abbreviations
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)

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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