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NICHOLAS LOVE, MIRROUR OF THE BLESSED LYF OF JESU CHRIST
England, s. XVmed
ff. 1-108v: Here bygynneth þe proheme of þe boke þat men cleped þe mirrour of þe blessede lyfe of oure lord Ihesu criste et cetera, Quecumque scripta sunt ad nostram doctrinam scripta sunt ut per pacienciam et consolacionem scripturarum spem habeamus. Ad Romanos xvo capitulo. þese bene þe wordes of þe grete doctour & holy Apostle Poule…, [f. 3v, Text:] After þe tyme þat man was exiled out of þe hyȝe cyte of heuene…þus hauen holy doctoures tauȝt and holy chirche determined and þerfore þus y trowe and fully byleue þat it ys in soþenesse þogh my kyndely reson aȝeynseye it et cetera. Gode helpe at nede, quod Thomas Ad.
L. F. Powell, ed., The Mirrour of the Blessed Lyf of Jesu Christ, A Translation…by Nicholas Love. Roxburghe Club 151 (Oxford 1908) 7-308, here without the 2 Latin prefatory passages and finishing incomplete with respect to Powell’s edition, but apparently intended so, as the scribe’s colophon occurs at the end. See E. Salter, Nicholas Love’s “Myrrour of the Blessed Lyf of Jesu Christ.” Analecta Cartusiana 10 (Salzburg 1974) 8 and, for a revised list of the manuscripts, E. Salter, “The Manuscripts of Nicholas Love’s Myrrour of the Blessed Lyf of Jesu Christ and Related Texts,” in A. S. G. Edwards and D. Pearsall, eds., Middle English Prose: Essays on Bibliographical Problems (New York 1981) 115-27.
Parchment (trimmed), ff. v (modern paper) + 108 + v (modern paper); 259 × 170 (215-220 × 121) mm. 1-138 146(-5, 6). Catchwords in red or brown ink frames, most wholly or partly trimmed away. 37-42 long lines, ruled in ink. Written in anglicana formata, with heading and colophon in textura, by “Thomas Ad.” Opening initial, f. 1, 3-line, in red; 2-line initials, slashed initials in the text, quotations, rubrics, marginal finding notes, paragraph marks and running headlines all in red. Bound, ca. 1812 (the flyleaves bear watermarks “1811” and “1812”) in parchment over pasteboard, gold-tooled in the style of Edwards of Halifax; gilt edges. Written in England in the middle of the fifteenth century by “Thomas Ad.” (see above). Acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps ca. 1820; Phillipps MS 282 and his Middle Hill stamp on the front pastedown; Phillipps sale, Sotheby’s, 27 June 1919, lot 820 to Edwards. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington in 1924.
Secundo folio: þinges þat
Bibliography: De Ricci, 59.
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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