Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 61 (T.2.19)
Title: Chronicles of England, (Brut)
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Chronicles of England, (Brut):
Begins - on a floreated page, first two lines rubricated - (1, 1 [fol. 1] verso lines 1-4): H [small blue capital] ere begynneth [th]e cronnycles of [th]is lande Engelonde that first | was callede Albyon [th]oru[unkeyable character] whom hit hadde [th]e name [rubric] | I [illuminated initial] n the noble lande of Syrrie [th]ere was a noble kyng | and myghty and a man of grete renoun [th]at one called Dyclician [th]at wel and worthely hym gouernede and
Ends (18, 2 [fol. 147] verso line 39): Capitayne of the Porte Martevyle and graunt Jackes a wor[th]y
Remarks: On i, 2 verso: His. Ang. 29. On i, 4 verso in Dr. Hunter's hand: Here begynneth ye cronycles of ye lande Engelonde | that first was called Albyon whom hit hadde | ye name.
On fol. 38 verso in a contemporary hand: These verses I sawe drawn in stone uppon | wonwicke (?) church in the county of lancaster | the iiijth of marche 1591 | Joseph Holand.
his locus Oswalde quondam placuit tibi valde
northan himbrorum fueras rex nuncque polorum
regna tenes prato pauce marcelle vocato
docuimur hinc a te nostri memor esse beate.
The paging preceded the present binding, when the vol. lost inch at the sides and top.
The lacunae
1, 4.-2, 6. (ff. 4-12) = in Caxton's Ed. p. 6, l. 39-p. 26, l. 3.
8, 5.-7. (ff. 61-63) = in Caxton's Ed. p. 137, l. 5-p. 144, l. 38
11, 1. (f. 81) = in Caxton's Ed. p. 180, l. 30-p. 182, l. 22.
17, 1. lost quire (ff. 129-138) = in Caxton's Ed. p. 283, l. 28-p. 301, l. 3.
The last line of the text (fol. 147 verso, line 39) = Caxton's Ed. p. 318, l. 7.
Other copies in this Library are press-marked: T.3.12; U.3.3; V.5.13. (Also U.3.1, wrongly catalogued as Geoffrey of Monmouth. And cf. T.3.21.
[Formerly Q.1.19; Q.1.19].
Rebacked in February 1962 by D. Cockerell & Son in brown morocco with red title label: CHRONICLES | OF | ENGLAND | MS. New boards, old sides replaced.
Other notes in same hand on fol. 37 recto (referring to St. Paul's, London); in different hand on fol. 72 recto (referring to Thomas Walsingham, 1323.)
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 12 x 8, ff. 123, originally ff. 152+, evenly written in one hand, in single cols. of 39-41 lines, each 8 3/8 x 5 3/8, ruled and margined with ink, catchwords, signatures (mostly cropped), foliation (XVII. Cent.), first page floreated, coloured and ornamented capitals (blue with red ornament and gestures) beginning each chapter, rubrics and paragraph marks alternately red and blue, marginalia, few, mostly erased or cropped, damaged by damp and gnawed by rats, leaves adherent and torn apart, sec. fol. non wolde hem. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered spattered calf, in blind-tooled panels, sides and back, title (impress only): CHRON | OF | ENGL: | MS. Cent. XVII.-XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 71.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Chronicle
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 71-72.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247
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