MS. Eng. th. c. 57
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Abbreviation of Disce mori, with a unique prologue. For a description of the contents see P. Hodgson, Rev. of English Studies, XXIV (1948), pp.1–11. There are marginal emendations throughout in a 17th cent. hand.
Pr. E. Brown, Appendix ad fasciculum rerum expetendarum, London, 1690, pp.496–508. The dates are altered from the 14th to the 15th century. At the end there are added a note to show that the prophecies of David and of Merlin agree with the treatise in predicting disaster in 1464 or 1465, as in Brit. Mus. Royal 8.E.VII, art.4.
Cf. Ward, Cat. of Romances I.316
Pr. P.L. 39 col.1783–6
35–37 long lines. Frame ruled.
Three hands: 1) fol.1–55v; 2) fol.56–154; 3) fol. 153v (prophecy), fol. 154 (sermon), fol. 156
Blue initials with red flourishes.
Original binding. Sewn on seven split leather thongs (beginning to break at the upper joint), with kettle-stitching, and a headband (the tailband missing); bound in oak(?) boards, gently rounded at the edges (the fore-edge half of the upper board is missing, and replaced by a modern repair); the thongs entering the boards at the outer edge, and passing immediately through the board into a series of equidistant horizontal channels in the inner face; held in place by wood pegs (one missing); the boards also have shallow oblique channels as if for end-bands, but these were apparently never used, and have no peg-holes; score-marks and the surface quality of the wood on the inner face of the boards suggest that there was once a covering material with turn-ins, of which no other visible trace survives.
Provenance and Acquisition
'W. Browne 1555' inscribed thus in ink in a neat hand on fol. 156v, and similarly 'W. Browne' in the upper margin of fol. 1r.
Unidentified owner, 17th(?) century, responsible for a number of marginal annotations in English.
Sir R. Leicester Harmsworth, Sotheby's 15 Oct. 1945, and following day, lot. 2114, bought by Maggs for £68
Bought by the Bodleian from Maggs Bros., 1945