MS. Douce 228
Summary Catalogue no.: 21802
Imperfect at beginning and end; lines 269-6655/6 as printed by Karl Brunner, Der mittelenglische Versroman über Richard Löwenherz (1913), where this manuscript is partly collated as D and described on p. 7.DIMEV 3231
Fol. 35 is misbound and should follow fol. 39.
1 col., c. 38-44 lines; frame-ruled in ink (with no vertical bounding line to the right of text) for a written area of approximately 235 × 70 mm.
Current anglicana with some secretary forms; one hand.
Occasional spaces for 2-line initials, not filled in; otherwise no decoration or rubrication.
18th-century (?) quarter leather and marbled pasteboard, the spine with floral motifts in gilt and the title.
Provenance and Acquisition
Dialect and later provenance suggest that the manuscript was written and circulated in Norfolk.
Francis Blomefield, 1705-1752, the historian of Norfolk; bookplate, front pastedown
Thomas Martin of Palgrave, 1697-1771, (signature, front pastedown), who acquired Blomefield's manuscript collections from his widow in 1755.
‘R. Farmer’ (front pastedown); Richard Farmer, 1735-97; his sale, 1798, lot. 8056 (Bibliotheca Farmeriana, p. 368)
Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian in 1834
Last Substantive Revision
2022-03-25: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.