MS. Bodl. 638
Summary Catalogue no.: 2078
Chaucer, Lydgate, Hoccleve, etc.; England, 15th century, third quarter
Imperfect at beginning: beg. 'So doth this god': at end of colophon 'Lilyus', perhaps the name of the scribe. [Read as 'Lyty' by P. Robinson in her introduction to the facsimile of the manuscript (1982).]
Fol. 35 is torn.
With prologue. Fol. 71 is mutilated.
Imperfect at beginning: beg. 'Cometh al the new corne'.
Fol. 122 is torn.
Fols. 187, 190 are torn.
Fol. 195 is torn, fols. 197, 201 mutilated.
Fol. 204 is torn.
Fol. 219v is half erased by ill usage, and a leaf or two are wanting after it: only the first six stanzas are here.
Provenance and Acquisition
There is much scribbling, with the following names (among others) of the 16th cent.:–Richard Becher (foll. 17, 159), James Hedington (fol. 83v), Humfrey Flemyng (fol. 214, cf. 127, 162), Antony Sherington in Lemsster (Leominster), 1563 (fol. 36v, cf. 144v), John Smart (fol. 191), S. Pot (foll. 193v, 194r): 'Gyl: Astley' (front cover).
Apparently acquired between 1613 and 1620.
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)
Last Substantive Revision
2020-05-06: Description revised to include all information in SC.