Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 250 (U.4.8)
Title: The Mirur [The Mirror]
Date of Creation: Between 1299 and 1399
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Unknown (Early English) Author, The Mirur [Mirror].
Unknown (Early English) Author's Collection of Homilies called 'The Mirror': (Incomplete.)
Begins (1, 1 recto col. a, lines 1, 2): M [illuminated blue and red initial with gestures filling left margin] any men it be[th] [th]at hau wille | to here rede romaunce and
Ends (17, 5 verso col. b, line 41): wi[th] god and ben hii [th]at ben nou[unkeyable character]t
Remarks: On i, 1 verso the left top corner: 24; in the top margin (middle): 97; in the bottom right corner: r/q.
On i, 1. p: 6; under this: Ebenr. Mussell | 1740.
On 7, 3 recto and 14, 8 recto in a XVI. Cent. hand: philippus Hyll.
Dr. James notes: "A collection of homilies on the Gospels for the Sundays in the year beginning with the 1st Sunday in Advent (f. 6.). ff. 1, 3, 4, 2, 5 and 6 contain the prologue giving the author's reasons for composing the book. 'my name ne wil y nou[unkeyable character]t say for [th]e enemys [th]at mi[unkeyable character]ht here it and mi[unkeyable character]ht drawe [unkeyable character]our hertes fram gode [th]at it had wille to here.' f. 50. Tale of Seynt Furcy of Knaresbury, possibly a local reference?"
The leaves of the first quire have been misplaced by the binder; what are now folios 2 and 7 should be 4 and 5 (the inmost sheet), thus: [unkeyable graph]
John Hyll. [The name appears also on one folio (each) between these two locations.]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum (defective and patched), 10 x 7 5/8, ff. 131, originally ff. 132, well written in north-east Midland dialect (Dr. James), in double cols. of about 42 lines, each 8 x 2 3/4, signatures and catchwords, no foliation, illuminatd initials (blue and red), with gestures, paragraph marks red and blue, rubrics (each Sunday), quotations from Vulgate underlined in red, few marginalia, first folio torn, repaired and mounted on a cotton guard, much cropped, fol. sec. Spiritus vbi vult. Cent. XIV.
Binding: Millboards, covered spattered calf, blind-tooled, plain panels sides, re-backed, red spattered edges, title (gilt) on old crimson morocco shield: THE | BOOK | CALLED THE MIRROR | M.S. Cent. 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. 201.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Archival History: Provenance: Ebenezer Mussell: with manuscript autograph "Ebenr. Mussell 1740" on front free endpaper; lot 97 in the sale of the library of Ebenezer Mussell in London, 30 May 1766, where the manuscript is described as "Liber dictus Miroure, or the Boke called the Miroure, very rare and ancient"; NB lot number "97" is given in ink on front pastedown; Margaret Connolly (in 'The 'curious and valuable' library of Ebenezer Mussell' Book Collector, Vol 62, no 1, Spring 2013) ascribes MS Hunter 250 to Mussell (see appendix, no. 1). John Ratcliffe: Ratcliffe is recorded as purchasing lot 97 for £0.4.0 according to the digitized copy of the Mussell sale catalogue (annotated with prices and buyers' names) at the Houghton Library, Harvard University; lot 1227 in Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana (27 March, 1776). Purchased by Hunter for £0.13.6 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated BL copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue - shelfmark 822.d.6.
Bibliography: Thomas G. Duncan, 'Notes on the language of the Hunterian MS. of the "Mirror"', Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, Bd 69 (1968), pp. 204-208; O.D. Macrae-Gibson, 'The Auchinleck MS.: participles in - and(e) in English Studies', 1971, pp. 13-20; F.C. de Vries, University of Auckland, is preparing critical edition (see correspondence, February 1977); John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 201.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247
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