Literary

Record ID: 
76867
Accession number: 
MS M.4
Title: 
Literary
Created: 
Bury St. Edmunds, England ca. 1450.
Binding: 
Brown levant morocco, gold tooled in acorns by Bedford of London.
Credit: 
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1900.
Description: 
78 leaves (1 column, 33 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 250 x 170 mm
Provenance: 
On fol. 1 and 77 the signature of John Davy in a 16th-century hand; the name Gilbert North on fol. 1; the name William Darye (or Davye?) on fol. 43v and 44; bought unbound for £29.10.0 by Almon W. Griswold; Theodore Irwin Collection, cat. n. 1829; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Irwin Collection in 1900; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Notes: 

Ms. written and illuminated in England, perhaps Bury St. Edmunds, ca. 1450.
Texts: Lydgate, The Siege of Thebes (fol. 1-74); Lydgate, A lenvoye to all prynces and lordes that be disposyd to be lecherous (fol. 74-75); Lydgate, Letter to Gloucester (fol. 75-77); Chaucer, Compleynt un-to his purse (fol. 77).
Decoration: 1 large initial W in blue and pink brightened with gold and a 3-sided border in the same colors of fol. 1.

Script: 
English cursive
Language: 
Middle English
Century: 
Classification: