MS. Digby 171
Summary Catalogue no.: 1772
Four paper leaves added in the 16th century, containing (fol. 1r) Stephen Batman's note of purchase (see Provenance) and (fol. 2r) his title page; fols. 1v, 2v, 2(a)r-2(b)v blank.
Beginning imperfect, due to the loss of a quire, and apparently ending unfinished.
Fol. 62v is blank.Ed. G. Kane and G. Russell (London, 1997), siglum K, desc. pp. 7-8.
Added Latin text in the lower margin (late 15th/early 16th century), damaged, apparently on the star at Christ's nativity and the eclipse at the crucifixion.
1 column, 33 lines; ruled in faint 'crayon', prickings sometimes visible; ruled space c. 195-205 × 125-135 mm.
One scribe; anglicana formata.
Space for 3-line initials, unfilled, at the beginning of each passus (fol. 11r, 14r, filled in later in pen).
Rubrics and Latin text in red.
Standard binding of the Digby collection.
Wormholes from an earlier binding at the end of the manuscript.
Provenance and Acquisition
Initials (?) 'D. N.', 15th century, at the lower left and right corners of fol. 62v.
15th- and 16th-century annotations, fol. 25v (Latin), fol. 56r (supplying an omission or variant reading),
Erased inscription, 16th century, fol. 3r.
Fol. 1r: ‘Bowght this book anno 1578(?) of Harvy in Grac Street [London] the 14 October’ (in Stephen Batman's hand, see below), followed by an erased price (ending ‘vj d’; below, in a different (?) hand, another price, ‘pretium xvj d’
Stephen Batman; his note of purchase, fol. 1r, see above; his title page, fol. 2r, with inscription (see M. Parkes, 'Stephan Batman's manuscripts', repr. in his Pages from the Past (2012) XI.125-156, at 148, with full transcription) and emblem of a farmer sowing seed; occasional annotations by him.
Thomas Allen (?): possibly identifiable as folio 27 in his catalogue (ed. Watson in the Digby Quarto Catalogue, p. 163; Watson's identification of this entry with MS. Digby 145 is problematic, see the catalogue entry for that manuscript).
Donated to the Bodleian, 1634.
Last Substantive Revision
2022-06: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.