St John's College MS. 138
The Prick of Conscience
ed. Richard Morris (Berlin, 1863), fragmentary at both ends, corresponding to 721–9482. The final page has a marginal note, ‘Nota bene omnia consequencia vsque finem’, and the stubs of two more leaves follow, the second of which, with visible line initials, is assigned fol. 127 and is now the stub to which the first rear flyleaf is pasted. Derek Britton points out that our MS is among those with a ‘spurious’ sixteen-line prologue at the head of book 4, ‘Unnoticed Fragments of the Prick of Conscience’, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 80 (1979), 327–34, at 333 n. 16. See further Lewis and McIntosh, 118–19.
In long lines, 30 lines to the page. Prickings; bounded and ruled in brown ink.
Written in anglicana. No punctuation except the red brackets joining the verse couplets.
Headings and Latin verses in red; red brackets to join the couplets.
Red running titles with subjects of each part.
Extensive marginal indications of subject in red and black ink, often within decorative boxes.
Decorative line-fillers to divide parts.
Two-line red lombards at the heads of the parts; line initials red-slashed and the text divided by red paraphs.
A modern replacement. Sewn on three thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, two modern paper flyleaves, and a mounted vellum fragment; at the rear, two modern paper flyleaves (the first shares the numeration fol. 127 with the stub of an excised vellum leaf to which it is pasted) and another marbled leaf (v–vi).
Provenance and Acquisition
Accounts from ‘⟨F⟩ramisdene’, ? i.e. Framsden in east Suffolk (fol. iv, the fragmentary flyleaf; anglicana, s. xiii/xiv).
‘Rychard Clowfyld’ (fol. 41, vertically in the margin; s. xv ex.).
A gloss (fol. 81 lower margin; s. xvi).
‘Liber Collegij Sanctj Johannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Richardi Butler Doctoris Theologiae Archidiaconi Northampt procurante Reuerendo in Cristo Patre Johanne Episcopo Roffiensi 1613’ (fol. 2, vertically in the margin).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-06: First online publication