Itinerarium and other works

Accession number: 
MS M.957
Itinerarium and other works
England (southwest?), ca. 1375.
English 19th-century purple morocco with marbled endpapers; the 4 blank leaves at the end of the textblock have a watermark of KEY and a date of 1827.
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, 1974.
127 leaves (1 column, 28-34 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 232 x 157 mm
John Bednell, whose name is inscribed on fol. 25 as coroner ("coronator domini regis"), perhaps 16th century; given by T. Baites to his "lovinge frende Christopher Strangwaies Lorde of Swanbie Mylne, Eveure et Service Baites"; Graham family of Netherby, Cumberland (Netherby library stamp on fol. 1 and elsewhere); Sir Frederick Graham; Sir Fergus Graham, who sold it in London, Sotheby's, Dec. 12, 1966, lot 215; resold in London, Sotheby's, July 10, 1972, lot 22; to Hans P. Kraus.

Ms. miscellany; written and decorated in England, about 1375.
Texts: table of chapters (fol. 1-2); Sir John Mandeville, Itinerarium, in the French Insular version (fol. 3-117v); brief and spurious dedication in Latin of the Itineraruim to King Edward III (fol. 117; short verses on death and other subjects in Latin (fol. 118-120v); The Fall of Lucifer, a Middle English poem (fol. 120v-122); short texts, in Latin leonine verse and prose, regarding the genealogy of Christ (fol. 122v-123); "Abuses of age" lyric beginning "Kyng of londe redles. Bisschop wytles" (fol. 123r bottom); three fragments of leaves, the recto of the last containing a portion of the Earth, a Middle English poem (fol. 124-126), beginning: "Whan hath erthe upon erthe"; "Clericus Adam" lyric (fragment, fol. 126v).
Decoration: written in brown ink; 1 large blue initial with penwork filling and marginal extenders and 36 smaller blue initials with similar penwork elaboration.
Collation: I², II⁶, III⁸-VI⁸, VII⁷, VIII⁸-XI⁸, XII⁷, XIII⁸-XV⁸, XVI⁶, XVII⁷, XVIII³, XIX¹.
Revised: 2016

French, Middle English, and Latin