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.