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|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst Amherst, Baron; John Page; Pre-1650 Manuscript Collection (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library)
|Language Note:||Middle English.|
Title from incipit (fol. 1r).
Contains a portion of John Page's Siege of Rouen in prose.
Collation: Parchment, fol. iii (moder paper, i is pastedown) + 206 + iv (modern paper, iv is pastedown) ; 1-25⁸ 26⁶ ; horizontal catchwords in lower margin (some decorated).
Layout: Written in 30 (Scribes A and B) and 29 (Scribe C) long lines; frame-ruled with double upper and lower bounding lines; prickings in outer margin.
Script: Written by three hands in a semi-cursive, gothic script of the fifteenth century. Scribe A: fol. 1r-20v, line 2; Scribe B: fol. 20v, line 3-184v; Scribe C: fol. 185r-206v (Scribe C begins in the middle of a word and probably uses a new exemplar, cf. Matheson).
Decoration: Seven-line illuminated initial "H" on fol. 1r with blue, green, and violet floriate in-fill and ornamentation extending down the left margin and across the bottom margin -- Five-line illuminated initial "W on fol. 67r with blue and violet in-fill -- Initials in red on blue throughout, many with marginal flourishes -- Chapter heading rubrics.
Binding: 18th cent. Full calf, gold ruled; marbled endpapers.
Provenance: Inscription in ink on verso of first fly-leaf: "Dalkeith House" (home of the dukes of Buccleuch) -- Armorial bookplate (with motto: Victoria concordia crescit) of William, Baron Amherst, on verso of first fly-leaf -- Sotheby, 15 October 1945 (lot 1951) -- Purchased from Stonehill, 7 March 1951.
|Description:||206 leaves : parchment ; 265 x 192 (187 x 120) mm. bound to 273 x 210 mm.|
|Other Titles:||Chronicles of England.
Brute of Ingelond
Brut of England
Cronycles of Ingelond