Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library


HM 15242

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REGISTER OF WRITS, fragment
England, s. XV2
ff. 1-8v: Register of writs, beginning with a writ of right dated 26 November, 25 Henry [VI], 1447 brought by John Shirland against William Asthill for a messuage in “N.,” and ending defectively with a Recordari addressed to the council of Dover castle. Parchment, ff. 8; 275 × 195 (195 × 130) mm. 18, signed “a iiii” on f. 4 and with a catchword on f. 8. 39 long lines, ruled in ink with an additional set of double rules in the 3 outer margins. Written in a secretary script with anglicana forms. 8-line gold initial on a particolored blue and maroon ground with white patterning; from the initial, a black ink spray with green leaves and gold trefoils; alternating red and blue paragraph marks. Running headline on all leaves, “capitulum primum.” Contemporary foliation, i-viii. Bound, s. XIX, in Middle Hill blue pasteboards. Written in England in the second half of the fifteenth century. In the lower margin of f. 1, in a textura hand in blue ink with a red initial, the name “Folbery,” possibly the Robert Folbery/Fulberry of Newcastle (1420-85) admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1443-44; see J. C. Wedgwood and A. D. Holt, History of Parliament, Biographies…1439-1509 (London 1936) 343. Belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps; his n. 11002. Phillipps sale, Sotheby’s, 24 June 1935, lot 250, at that time bound with a fragment of a year book, now shelved separately as HM 15241. Acquired by the Huntington Library in 1935. Bibliography: Chronica, 2.
Abbreviations
Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9

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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