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MS. Eng. poet. d. 45

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Peter Idley, Instructions to his Son

Text related to MSS. Cambridge University Ee.4.37 and Magdalene College, Pepys 2030: see Charlotte D'Evelyn, Peter Idley's Instructions, Modern Language Society of America Monograph Series VI, 1935, pp.60 foll. Sections of the text remaining are as follows (references to C. D'Evelyn's edition): fols.1–6, II A, 1952–2273; fols.7–17v, II B, 113–708; fols.18–20v, II B, 820–987; fols.21–37v, II B, 1415–2345.

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 37 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 165 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 90 mm.


1–5 gone, 6(8)(1 and 2 missing), 7–8 gone, 9(8), 10(8)(4 and 5 missing), 11 gone, 12(12)(1 and 2 canc.), 13(8)(8 missing), 14–15 gone


usually 4 stanzas of 7 lines to a page


two hands writing concurrently


Original parchment cover


Origin: 15th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Inscr. John Clifford , Mary Clifford , Hanna Clifford , Richard [...] , Giles Kendall , 16th cent.

Clifford family of Frampton Court, Glos.

Bought, 1940 (Maggs Cat. 687, no. 176)

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.