MS. Eng. misc. e. 558
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Translation of the second Anglo-Norman prose lapidary, c.I–XXXV, in Anglo-Norman lapidaries, edited P. Studer and J. Evans, Paris, 1924, pp.118–36. The translation is different from that pr. in English mediaeval lapidaries ed. J. Evans and M. S. Serjeantson, E.E.T.S. Orig. ser. 190, pp.119–30.
Frame-ruled in brown ink, with single horizontal and vertical bounding lines extending to the edges of the page, for 29-33 lines of text per page. 28–33 lines of text.
Written in a competant anglicana script.
Headings in red, supplied only as far as fol. 6r, somewhat larger and more formal than the script of the main text; the first rubric with calligraphic ascenders and other flourishes. Red initials, supplied only as far as fol. 6r; guide-letters visible.
Sewn on four(?) bands, with kettle-stitching; and bound in early 19th-century 'diced russia' leather with a single gold fillet framing each cover; the edges of the boards and turn-ins roll-tooled; fine marbled endleaves; the binding of MS. Eng. hist. d. 138, another Mostyn MS., is very similar; rebacked, with the shelfmark 'MS. ENG. MISC. e. 558' in gilt running upward from the base of the spine; the repair signed by the Bodleain bindery in blue ballpoint in the bottom left corner of fol. 18r: 'W 20-11-63', and the job number written in pencil on fol. i verso: '63/1211'.
Provenance and Acquisition
Unidentified English owner, 15th/16th century: inscribed (fol. 10r) 'he that vrot(?) thys boke he has not the soore(?) yn the head', below another, mostly illegible line, and a tiny sketch of a human head.
Edward Lloyd-Mostyn, 2nd baron Mostyn: with his circular armorial seal bookplate, with shield, helm, crest, and mantling, and the motto 'a domino - Auxilium meum'; and inscribed in ink with Mostyn numbers: 'MS. | No. | 225' (fol. i verso), and '(113)' (fol. 2r) (see 'Notes on the manuscripts of the Right Honourable Lord Mostyn at Mostyn Hall', Fourth report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, London, 1874), 347-63, at 359); and the shelfmark 'H | 4 c'
Mostyn sale, Sotheby's 13 July 1920, lot 68, bought by Tregaskis for £10 10s.
Given to the Bodleian by F. E. Norris, 1963.