Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmole 43

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Repository: Bodleian Library
Idno:Ashmole 43
AltName:SC 6924
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Date and Language
Date:s. xiii/xiv
Language: English
Dialect:Scribal Dialect: Gloucestershire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 378 227, LP 7170 (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986, p. 196).
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A late thirteenth/early fourteenth-century copy (no later than 1330 (Görlach 1974, p. 74)) of the South English Legendary.

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Physical Description
Support: Parchment
Extent:230 x 135 mm
Collation: Catchwords: ff. 11v; 23v; 35v; 47v; 59v; 71v; 83v; 98v; 108v; 119v; 131v; 143v; 154v; 164v; 176v; 189v; 200v; 212v; 224v; 236v; 248v.
Layout:Pricking: where visible round holes. Writing space of 180 x 95 mm. Single columns with 39 lines. Ruling in drypoint.
Writing: One scribe writing in brown ink in an Anglicana hand. Characteristics: small neat hand. Split ascenders on b, l, and h; double compartment g; elongated ascenders on top line. Body height: 2 mm. Görlach (1974, p. 74) notes that the scribe has attempted to 'reproduce features of a dignified book hand on the basis of an engrossing hand, with upright and square proportions'.
Decoration:Three-line blue initial with red penwork extending into left margin on initial of each saint's life. First letter of each line tinted red. Elongated ascenders on top line decorated red.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 240 x 135 mm. Cover of brown leather with blind tooled edging of double rows and two double rows 25mm in from spine. Spine rebacked. Four raised bands across the spine.
Foliation:ff. iv + 269. There are a further 8 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 9 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the end.
Condition:Good condition apart from ff. 266-269 which are very ragged.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, January 2004.
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