Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND1. f. 1: [notes on chronology added, s. XV] Notandum est quod secundum Cestrensem in libro polecronice libro 1o capitulo 4o octo fuerunt modi calculandi annos…Novissime vero christiani Anno ab incarnatione domini supputarunt [C. Babington, ed., Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden Monachi Cestrensis. RS 41 (London 1865) 1:34-36]; Nota quod sex sunt etates seculi prima ab Adam usque ad noe…a christo usque ad finem mundi [Higden, 1:32-34]; Et nota quod in presente volumine…versus finem mundi [much rubbed but apparently on the 4 dating systems used in this chronicle; ff. 1v-2v, blank] 2. ff. 3-87: Britannia que et Anglia dicitur a Bruto nomen est sortita que ante ipsius adventum albion dicebatur. Est autem insula illa beatissima omnium insularum. Cuius insule Brutus post expulsos gigantes habitator…In cuius rei evidenciam quidam legatus apostolicus in socia tunc existens dictam camisiam postmodum domino pape ut dicitur deferebat. [ff. 87v-88v, blank]
England, s. XV3/4
A chronicle of England from Brutus to the murder of James I of Scotland in February 1437. Dates entered in the margins; some fifteenth century side notes in the hand of the scribe; extensive notes by various hands of the seventeenth century in Latin and in English in the margins and on f. 88v (with reference to folio numbers in another book). Parchment, ff. iv (early modern paper) + 88 (1 and 2 as flyleaves) + v (early modern paper); 184 × 136 (125 × 81) mm. 1-118. Catchwords in the script of the text; quire and leaf signatures as letters and roman numerals. 24-29 long lines, frame ruled in ink. Written in a secretary script. Opening initial, f. 3, 5-line, in gold on a cusped ground with ink sprays of simple green and gold foliage; colors of infilling and ground (red?) now washed away. 3-line blue initials with red flourishing. Early modern foliation up to f. 23 in arabic numerals. Pen trials, upside down, on ff. 28v-29, including “Be it knowne vnto all men by these presents.” Some damage from damp. Bound, s. XVIII, in English mottled calf over pasteboards; rebacked by Bernard Middleton, s. XX. Written in England in the third quarter of the fifteenth century. Belonged to Edward Sanders of Floore, Northants., his signature and the date 1607 on f. 2v; marginalia possibly in his hand. Also on f. 2v, a seventeenth century note referring to 2 other manuscripts of this chronicle: one in St. Benedict’s College, Cambridge (Corpus Christi College, MS 311) and another in Sir Robert Cotton’s Library, probably Cotton Vitellius D.xii (T. Smith, Catalogus…Bibliothecae Cottonianae, 1696, p. 93), destroyed in the fire of 1731. Belonged to Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey (1614-86), historian and Lord Privy Seal to Charles II, his signature and date, August 2, 1681, on f. 1; his sale by Thomas Philipps, London, 25 October 1686, lot 18, p. 77. Acquired by James Sotheby (d. 1720), principal collector of the Sotheby Library at Ecton Hall, Northants.; his signature in the upper margin of f. 3. Descriptive notes signed J.S., February 27, 1722, mounted on f. i. On the front pastedown, book plate of C. W. H. Sotheby, and short note signed F.E.S., 24 December 1890. Sold by the executors of N. W. A. Sotheby, Sotheby’s, 8 December 1981, lot 93 to Alan G. Thomas (London). Acquired from him by the Huntington Library in March 1982.
Secundo folio: viro utique
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.
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