MS. Dutch e. 2
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession): no full description available
Starting imperfect. Fol. 159v blank.
Ending imperfect at '...Waer is hoer houer die. hoer ||'.
Ruled in brown 'crayon' in 2 columns with 25 lines, often extending the full width of the page; each column bounded by single vertical lines, extending the full height of the page
25 lines per page, above top line (some leaves, e.g. fols. 9r-v and 213r-v with 26 lines).
Initials. (P&A i. 235)
Some words, phrases, or longer passages such as 'rubrics' written in plain brown ink and underlined in red; some rubrics written in red; capitals touched in red.
Five- or six-line initials in blue, with reserved designs, ornamented with foliage in two shades of green, and purplish (fols. 20v, 74r, 160r, 179v); similar two- to four-line line initials (fols. 72r, 78v, 174r, 175r, 185r, 190r); two similar three- to four-line initials, with red instead of blue and less purplish colour (fol. 192v, 194v); two initials in red (now oxidised to give a metallic appearance) with reserved designs, and penwork foliate flourishes (fols. 61v, 66r); two-line initials in plain red.
Sewn on four bands and bound with 15th-century panels of (?)Dutch stamped leather, originally with two clasps at the fore-edge; re-used on an 19th-century English polished leather binding over pasteboards (perhaps for Quaritch, see under Provenance); rebacked with the 19th-century spine laid on; the spine with a later 19th-century title piece lettered in gilt; 'LEGENDS | OF | SAINTS | MS.'; marbled endpapers; the edges of the leaves red.
Provenance and Acquisition
Bernard Quaritch, with their price-codes 'K/n/' (i.e. £1 3s) and 'K/Da/(?)' (i.e. £1 15s), perhaps the original cost, and cost including rebinding; and price '£3/3/' (fol. i verso); other bookseller's codes etc.: inscribed in pencil '257' (pehaps referring to a catalogue) (fol. 216r), the same number, erased, on fol. i verso; inscribed in pencil 'P.2.' and '281' (fol. i verso).
Gerard F. Leather with his 19th-century armorial bookplate, with the motto 'NIL NISI | QUOD | HONESTUM'; another manuscript from his collection was sold at Sotheby's, 20 June 1995, lot 117.
Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.