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PRICK OF CONSCIENCE
England, s. XVmed
ff. 1-44: [Prick of Conscience] Assit principio sancta maria meo. [Prologue:] þe myȝte of yo fadere almyȝtty/ þe witt of yo sonne alwitty…[f. 3, Part 1:] Firste when god mad all thynge of noght/ Of þo foulest mater he man wroght…[f. 6, Part 2:] All þis worlde wyde and brade/ Our lorde onely for man has made…[f. 10, Part 3:] Dede is moste dredefull thynge þat is/ In worlde as bokes wittnes…[f. 15, Part 4:] Many speken ofte & in boke reden/ Of purgatory bot foo it dreden…[f. 20, Part 5:] In party may men thynges rede/ þat touchen þo grete day of drede…[f. 30v, Part 6:] Many a man spekes of hell/ bot of þo paynes fo men can tell…[f. 35v, Part 7:] Many þo blis of heuen coueytes/ bot foo þo right way þider lates…to þo whilk place he all vs brynge/ þay for oure hele on rode did hynge. [f. 44v, blank]
IMEV 3428; R. Morris, ed., The Pricke of Conscience. The Philological Society (Berlin 1863), from London, Brit. Lib., Cotton Galba E.ix. R. E. Lewis and A. McIntosh, A Descriptive Guide to the Manuscripts of the Prick of Conscience. Medium Aevum Monograph Series n.s. 12 (Oxford 1982) 127.
Paper (some leaves repaired; watermarks similar to Briquet, Chien 3612, Palermo 1457, and Zonghi 991, 1478, and to Briquet, Monts 11664, Venice 1476), ff. ii (modern paper) + 44 + ii (modern paper) although contemporary foliation, 144-186, shows that this manuscript was once part of a larger volume. 288 × 205 (240 × 165) mm. Bound too tightly to collate; no catchwords or signatures. 2 columns of 45-58 lines, frame ruled in ink. Written in possibly as many as 3 hands: i, ff. 1-8v, in an anglicana script; ii, ff. 9-12v, in an anglicana script; iii, ff. 13-44, in an anglicana formata script which may be a more formal version of ii. Throughout, the Latin quotations in a tall bastard anglicana. No decoration or rubrication. The eight parts of the text are generally separated by one blank line; the prologue and part 2 each begin with small, crude initials which do not fill the allotted 2-line space. Small nota bene hands on ff. 3, 4, 5. Marginal notes by the scribe, ff. 37-39, number the “pene” and the “gaudia” of the soul. On f. 21v, in a sixteenth-century hand, “Jhon pendand” (?). The greater part of one column is left blank on f. 12vb, at part 1, v. 2265; it picks up with no loss of text at the top of f. 13. The resulting empty space has been used for a number of jottings by various fifteenth and sixteenth-century hands, including the verses: “In may qhen that thy hert ys lyȝt/ Euer make thy praer to god almyȝ[t]/ And then heuen for the shall be byȝ[t],” (see Hanna, “Addenda,” n. 24); there are also repeated requests for prayers for the scribe, and the ownership notes by John Wyldon, and of “Jhon po” (for “pendand”?). Similar notes, again by various hands, on f. 44r-v include a prayer beginning “Confiteor domine pater celi et terre cum ego peccator nimis coram te…,” pen trials, calculations, a partial draft of a letter, “Right reverend fader in god I hertili recomende me unto you desyryng to here of youre welfare…that lythe in the counte [sic] of apulbe,” and the continuous ownership notes of John Wyldon. Bound, s. XIX, in English brown calf, blind tooled; marbled endpapers; by same binder as for HM 135 (cf. tool on turn-ins). Written in England in the mid-fifteenth century; among the early owners are certainly John Wyldon, and possibly John Pendand (?). Sold by Thorpe, 1836, lot 1023 to Sir Thomas Phillipps; his MS 9412. Acquired privately by Henry E. Huntington through A. S. W. Rosenbach in 1923.
Secundo folio: þat has bene
Bibliography: De Ricci, 56; Allen, Writings, 373 n., 539-40.
Abbreviations
Allen, Writings
H. E. Allen, Writings Ascribed to Richard Rolle, Hermit of Hampole (New York 1927)
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)
Hanna, “Addenda”
R. Hanna, “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: a Checklist of Addenda,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980) 235-58
IMEV
C. Brown and R. H. Robbins, Index of Middle English Verse (New York 1943) and Supplement by R. H. Robbins and J. L. Cutler (Lexington 1965)
Zonghi
A. Zonghi, A. Zonghi and A. F. Gasparinetti, Zonghi’s Watermarks. Monumenta chartae papyraceae historiam illustrantia 3 (Hilversum 1953)

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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