Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 337 (U.8.5)
Title: The Gospel According to S. Mark
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: John Wycliffe, The Gospel According to S. Mark.
John Wycliffe's Translation of St. Mark's Gospel: (Incomplete.)
Begins (1, 1 [f. '1'] recto lines 1-4): here bigynne[th] [th]e prolog | on [th]e gospel of mark [all underlined red] | M [rubricated initial] ark [th]e gospeller was | [th]e chosen seruaunt of = Forshall and Madden, iv. p. 87.
Ends (9, 6 [f. '70'] verso line 15): and a man beringe a galoun of watir (xiv. 13) = Forshall and Madden, iv. p. 130.
Remarks: On i, 1 verso in a XVII.-XVIII. Cent. hand: 69. Other [later] marks are: Th 12 10 H. 14. S.10.11 1410-20.
On i, 2 recto in the same XVII.-XVIII. Cent. hand: The Gospell according | to St Mark.
On i, 2 recto in a later hand: 4/6 [obliterated with lead pencil].
On i, 2 recto in a XIX. Cent. hand in pencil: Wycliffes Version | ends at | Chap XIV middle of verse 13 | Maddens list of MSS No 147.
On 1, 1 recto top margin, in a late XVII. Cent. hand: 8 : 2 [a later hand]: C8.
On f. 6 recto in a XVI. Cent. hand: Jest Festus that.
On f. 7 recto in another XVI. Cent. hand: brother brother James Garnons (?) [see also f. 14].
On f. 10 recto, f. 20 recto, f. 30 recto, f. 40 recto, f. 50 recto, f. 60 recto, f. 70 recto in a XVI.-XVII. Cent. hand: Thomas Lewis [the last in a later hand].
On f. 27 recto in an early XVI. Cent. hand (brown crayon): Elizabeth.
On f. 29 verso in a XVI.-XVII. Cent. hand: Robert Lewis.
On f. 30 recto in a XVI. Cent. hand: the other parte of the extreats (?) of the.
On f. 35 verso (reversed) in another XVI. Cent. hand: Reuerendissimo patri salutem in Christo | I am informed by sundry men that | you ar a grete myser and a Vnpardonable | gatherer of Richis hordinge therof gould | and siluer vp thefor Repent and dystrybute it | vnto the pore and gather your tresure in heauen | for you know not when the daies of dearth will come I your wellwiller in XPE [Christe] Lewis Thomas | de cambria.
On f. 38 verso in a XVI.-XVII. Cent. hand: I saye that Jonas Shepparde.
On f. 50 verso in the same hand: John (?) Aldricys says that you John Bowyer.
On f. 57 recto in another (later) hand: Michell Rychards (?) is.
On f. 64 verso (reversed) is a patch taken from a double-columned early English MS.
For Lewis Thomas (fl. 1587-1619), a Welsh preacher (B.A. of Brasenose, Oxford), see Dict. Nat. Biog. lvi. 188. Perhaps the Michell Rychards on p. 57 is Michael Richards (1673-1721). See Dict. Nat. Biog. xlviii. 216.
This MS. is No. 147 in Forshall and Madden's list.
[Formerly P.3.28; S.10.168].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 5 5/8 x 4 1/8, ff. 70, originally ff. 86, written in different hands in single cols. of 15 lines, each 4 x 3, margined and ruled with ink, signatures, catchwords, and foliation (1-70), rubricated initials, rubricated capitulation, coarse vellum, defective and patched, damp stained, few marginalia, fol. sec. and hon. Cent. XV.
Binding: Not original, millboards, covered calf, blind-tooled sides and edges, gilt-tooled panelled back, red spattered edges, title (gilt) on red morocco shield: THE | GOSPEL ACCORDING | TO ST. | MARK | M:SS: Late Cent. XVII.
[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. 272.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Archival History: Provenance: Lord Somers: with Somers' pressmark "Th. 12" on front pastedown. Sir Joseph Jekyll: presumably acquired via his brother in law, Lord Somers; lot 3 in the Jekyll sale, 26 February 1739 (NB for Somers and Jekyll provenances, see N. R. Ker 'William Hunter as a collector of medieval manuscripts' ([Glasgow]: University of Glasgow Press, [1983]), p. 16). Ebenezer Mussell: lot 69 in the sale of the library of Ebenezer Mussell in London, 30 May 1766, where the manuscript is described as "Gospela St. Marcus, or the Gospel according to St. Mark, Eng."; NB lot number "69" 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) also ascribes MS Hunter 337 to Mussell (see appendix, no. 4). John Ratcliffe: Ratcliffe is recorded as purchasing lot 69 for £0.6.0 according to the digitized copy of the Mussell sale catalogue (annotated with prices and buyers' names) at the Houghton Library, Harvard University; lot 1268 in Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana (27 March, 1776), described as "the gospell of St. Marke and 2 more MSS. on vellum". Purchased by Hunter for £0.11.0 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated BL copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue - shelfmark 822.d.6.
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 272-273; Conrad Lindberg, A Manual of the Wyclif Bible, Including the Psalms. Dedicated to the memory of Sven L Fristedt. Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis Stockholm Studies in English 102 (Stockholm, 2007), No 147 on p 22 [erroneously referred to as Hunterian Museum 168].
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Mark Saint, Apostle
provenance: Robert Lewis fl.c.1600
provenance: Lewis Thomas fl.1587-1619
subject: John Aldricys fl.c.1600
subject: John Bowyer fl.c.1600
subject: Michael Richards 1673-1721
subject: Jonas Sheppard fl.c.1600
translator: John Wycliffe c.1320-1384
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