A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Ashmole 59

Summary Catalogue no.: 6943

Summary Catalogue no.: 6944

Summary Catalogue no.: 6945

Physical Description

Composite: two parts

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on Watson, the Quarto Catalogue (W. H. Black, A descriptive, analytical, and critical catalogue of the manuscripts bequeathed unto the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole Esq...., Quarto Catalogues X, 1845) and supplementary sources.

Bibliography

    A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 32 [fols. 1-133]

MS. Ashmole 59 - Part 1 (fols. 1-133)

Contents

1.
Ps.-Aristotle , Secreta secretorum (Middle English 'Marmaduke' prose translation )
Language(s): English
3.
Poems
Language(s): English
4.
Religious texts
Language(s): English
5.
Prophecies
Language(s): English
6.
Historical texts
Language(s): English
7.
The Three Kings of Cologne
Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 133 + i fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 275 × 197 mm.
Dimensions (written): 200 × 90-130 mm.

Layout

1 column, 29 lines.

Hand(s)

Written by John Shirley (fol. 52 'fiat Amen - per Shirley'; fol. i verso, his motto 'ma ioye. a Shirley').

Decoration

Penwork initials

History

Origin: 1447 × 1456 ; English, London

Provenance and Acquisition

Written before 1456 (Shirley's death), and after the death of Humfrey duke of Gloucester in Feb. 1447 (fol. 57).

Fol. 59v.: 'whane yee þis boke haue overredde and seyne / To Johan shirley restore yee it ageine'.

Fol. ii: 'iste liber datur in vadium domino Dauid ..... Anno Domini millesimo CCCCmo lxxxvito

John Stowe, 1525?-1605: his hand on fol. 17v and passim.

William Browne, 1590/1-1645?: 'Liber W. Browne', fol. 1; 'W. Browne Inter. Templi, 1614', fol. 133v.

Elias Ashmole, 1617-1692.

Bequeathed by him to the Ashmolean Museum.

Transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1860.

MS. Ashmole 59 - Part 2

Contents

John Lydgate , Life of Our Lady (imperfect)
Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper

History

Origin: 16th century, second half ; English