MS. Rawl. poet. 32
Summary Catalogue no.: 14526
Fifteenth-century anthology made up of composite parts, comprising poems on good manners and religious devotion, the Brut chronicle, and the Libelle of English Policy
White parchment binding over pasteboards, c. seventeenth century [?].
Provenance and Acquisition
Fol. 2r contains a table of contents in a near-contemporary hand, suggesting that although the composite parts were produced seperately they were bound into one volume soon after in the fifteenth century.
Fol. 205r bears the ownership mark ‘ Rychard Turnowre’ in a c. 1500 hand.
The whole volume identifiable as item 34 in the 1577 catalogue of the books of John Thynne at Longleat (Kate Harris, 'An Augustan Episode in the History of the Collection of Medieval Manuscripts at Longleat House;,English Medieval Book, ed. A.S.G. Edwards, et al. (British Library, 2000), 233-247 at 234)
The manuscript was owned by Thomas Thynne, Viscount Weymouth (1640–1714); listed in the Longleat catalogue of 1702 (Harris, op. cit., 234). The shelfmark ‘IX. D. 69’ on fol. 2r is in the hand of George Harbin (1665-1744), Thomas Thynne's librarian, who shelfmarked many other manuscripts in the collection at Longleat. Harbin was a librarian from 1699, and died in 1744..
It was then owned by Richard Rawlinson (1690–1755).
From this period, there is a letter on fol. 1r by E. U[mfreville] (1702?-86), who annotated many of Rawlinson's manuscripts, dated 25 March 1750 containing information about the contents of the manuscript.
Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1755 by Richard Rawlinson on his death.
Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)
Last Substantive Revision
2022-09-16: Charlotte Ross Revised with consultation of original.