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CAPGRAVE, LIFE OF ST. NORBERT
England, 1440
ff. 1-59v: [Prologue:] Ioye grace & pees loue feith & charite/ Euyr rest up on ȝour goodly religious breest…[f. 2, Text:] There was a man sumtyme dwelling here/ As our book seith in þat ilk same tyde…But now conclude I as ȝe ȝoue comaundment/ Be ȝoure messagere þat ȝe to me sent. [f. 59v, Envoy:] Go litil book to hem þat wil þe rede/ Sey þe were made to þe abbot of derham…The good Ion Wygnale þat never wold him hide…The freris name þat translate þis story/ Thei called Ion capgraue whech in assumpcion weke/ Made a ende of all his rymyng cry/ The ȝere of crist oure lord witȝ outen ly/ A thousand four hundred & fourty euene/ Aftyr þis lyf I pray god send us to heuene. >Feliciter
IMEV 1805. C. L. Smetana, ed., The Life of St. Norbert by John Capgrave O.E.S.A. (1393-1464). Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies 40 (Toronto 1977) from this manuscript, evidently autograph (witness the hand and the “signature” on f. 59v, “Feliciter” with the trefoil); interlinear corrections in the author’s hand. For discussions of the identity of the copyist, see P. J. Lucas, “John Capgrave O.S.A. (1393-1464) Scribe and ‘Publisher,’” TCBS 5 (1969) 1-35; E. Colledge, “The Capgrave ‘Autographs,’” TCBS 6 (1974) 137-48; Smetana, op. cit., 5-7. On the linguistic forms in HM 55, see E. Colledge and C. Smetana, “Capgrave’s Life of St. Norbert: Diction, Dialect and Spelling,” Mediaeval Studies 34 (1972) 422-34.
Parchment (thick and velvety), ff. 59 + i; 258 × 170 (160 × 97) mm. 1-78 84(-4); the inner bifolium of quire 6 has been reversed in binding, transposing ff. 44 and 45. Catchwords horizontally in the right corner on ff. 16v, 24v, 32v (underlined in red), 40v. Quire and leaf signatures in ink of the text in letters (beginning with “a” in quire 2) and arabic numerals; in quire 5, f. 34 is signed “d” in red ink (the number presumably cropped). 35 lines of verse ruled in lead; another rule across the upper margin 10 mm. above the text frame; pricking visible in upper and lower margins. Written in a secretary script by John Capgrave. Opening historiated initial for the prologue, f. 1, 14-line, in pink outlined in gold, depicting Capgrave in black robes kneeling and offering his book to Wygenhale who wears the white habit of the Premonstratensians; gold and color bar border the length of the text with sprays into the upper and lower margins of self shaded blue and pink leaves ending in small green leaves and gold dots; reproduced as frontispiece (enlarged) in Smetana, op. cit. Opening initial for the text, f. 2, 4-line, in gold on white-patterned blue ground with pink infilling, with small marginal spray of green leaves, daisies and gold dots; in the upper margin a pen outline of the initial. 2-line blue initials with red flourishing; versals stroked in red; red verse brackets to the right of the text; red paragraph marks at the beginning of each stanza; stanzas numbered in red to the right of the text. Finding notes in another hand (e.g. ff. 21, 22, 23v); early seventeenth century reckonings on ff. 7v, 14v, 51v (in another hand?) and 57. Bound, s. XV, in leather over oak boards; evidence of 2 fore edge clasps closing to pins on the back cover; joints repaired; evidently resewn. On the back pastedown, now lifted and foliated as f. i recto and verso: [disci-]//pulus. Numquid aliud iudex nunciat aliud preco clamat. An simul et odisse possumus et diligere…Nam et ihesus vester dum hec predicaret iudei illum crucis patibulo affixerunt. Andreas respondit O si// Unfinished leaf of a breviary from the end of a homily of Gregory (PL 76:1275) in the common of a martyr, presumably for Saturninus through part of the 4th lesson for Andrew. 256 × 168 (214 × 133) mm. 2 columns of 46 lines ruled in ink, top and bottom 2 lines full across. Written in a gothic book hand, England, s. XV; 2-line spaces reserved for initials; rubrics and underlining in red. Written in England, possibly in the Augustinian house at Lynn, Norfolk in 1440, as the presentation copy made by John Capgrave for John Wygenhale, alias Saresson, abbot of the Premonstratensian house of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in West Dereham, Norfolk from 1429 to 1455; see P. J. Lucas, “On the Date of John Capgrave’s Life of St. Norbert,” The Library ser. 6, vol. 3 (1981) 328-30. Possession notes throughout the manuscript are: s. XVIIin: f. 28v, “frances Barnad” who also did the reckonings mentioned above; s. XVII: f. 13, “Richard Clarke est verus possessor huius libri”; s. XVII2: f. 49, “Ferdinand Newington his Booke 1670”; s. XVIII: on the front pastedown and on ff. 1 and 49, “Newington, ladbrooke” to which he added on the pastedown “Ye men of Orde” and on f. 49 (where his name was erased) “His Book 1729”; on ff. 3, 27 and 45, the signature of the Rev. Ar. Hubbard, lecturer in the parish of Watford, Hertfordshire, 1846-56; on f. 45 his name is followed by “Epping Essex.” On the back flyleaf, the initials “R.P.” of the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century. Savile sale, Sotheby’s, 6 February 1861, lot 80 (this number on a round label on the front cover) to “Powis,” a pseudonym for Sir Thomas Phillipps; his MS 24309. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington through A. S. W. Rosenbach in 1923.
Secundo folio: Ther was
Bibliography: F. J. Furnivall in C. Horstmann, ed., The Life of St. Katharine of Alexandria by John Capgrave. EETS os 100 (London 1893) xliv-xlv. H. N. MacCracken in J. J. Munro, ed., John Capgrave’s Lives of St. Augustine and St. Gilbert of Sempringham and a Sermon. EETS os 140 (London 1910) xi-xiv. H. M. Bannister in C. A. Mills, ed., Ye Solace of Pilgrimes (London 1911) xiii. De Ricci, 46. P. J. Croft, Autograph Poetry in the English Language (London 1973) 1:5.
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)
EETS os
Early English Text Society original series
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)
PL
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia latina
TCBS
Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society

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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