MS. Ashmole 35
Summary Catalogue no.: 6916
First recension, unrevised. Begins at Prol. 170, missing two leaves (one blank) at the beginning. The following leaves are also missing: one leaf after fol. 2 (Prol. 541–725), one leaf after fol. 4 (i.1–168); one leaf after fol. 32 (ii.1749–1927); one leaf after fol. 91 (v.2199–2366), three leaves after fol. 181 (viii.2505–2893), one leaf after fol. 182.
The Latin verses are omitted (except at fol. 125r); the Latin glosses/summaries are omitted, but are often replaced by briefer English summaries, discussed by Echard, ‘Glossing Gower’.
Frame-ruled, top and bottom horizontal lines, and left vertical lines only of each column. 2 cols., c. 44–48 lines, written space c. 255–60 × 175–80 mm.
One scribe; secretary with some anglicana forms.
Spaces for 5–6 line initials at the beginning of books, not filled in; spaces for two-line initials, not filled in; one-line coloured initials (but added later?).
Speech-labels, rubrics and summaries in red; beginning of each line touched in red. Rubrication partly lacking in quire 14 (fols. 151–160) and fully lacking in quires 15–16 (fols. 161–182).
Fol. 183r, short accounts in red crayon, c. 1500
Fol. 183r, unfinished dialogue between M and B, late fifteenth or early sixteenth century: ‘M Whhat chere howe be yow | B all mery god thank yow | What chere with yow | M God gyue yow good deuen | yow be welcom to london | howe haue you done many a day | B all well god thanke yow ye beter | yat se(?) yowe in good helthe | M ’
Annotation, including running heads, 17th century, perhaps attributable to Ashmole.
Bound for Ashmole in 1676 (see Bodleian Quarterly Review 6 (1929–31), 194–5).
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Aunsell’, fol. 139r, late fifteenth or early sixteenth century.
Mention of London, c. 1500, fol. 183r (see additions, above)
‘John Bewaters in Wylth(?)sey’, fol. 3r, 16th century: perhaps John Bewaters of Whittlesey St Mary, Cambridgeshire (for whom see Calendars of the Proceedings in Chancery, in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1827), p. 79)
‘Memorandum that John garton off norviche’, fol. 35r, 16th century
‘Robert Ha(?)ll’, c. 1600, fol. 183v (twice)
Elias Ashmole (signed, fol. 2r)
Bequeathed by him to the Ashmolean Museum; transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860.
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Last Substantive Revision
2019-10-29: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.