Medieval Manuscript Fragments in the Folger Collections

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This project was begun by Erik Kwakkel's class at UBC in 2019/2020, and is aimed at a more comprehensive description of the medieval manuscript fragments

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

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The title of the "Host" Folger collection item which is associated with the fragment in Hamnet. (bolded) Example: Two pastedowns in Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (London: Caxton, 14xx) with call number xxxxx.

Origins, Provenance

Example: The fragments are two incomplete bifolia made of good quality parchment and were produced c. 1275-1300, probably in France (script) • The manuscript was repurposed as binding material, post-medieval, and as a result the verso is darkened and discoloured in areas where a glue was applied.

Codicology

Example: Page dimensions, fol. 1: 334 x 212 (205 x 133) mm [trimmed]; fol. 2: 334 x 208 (215 x 133) mm [trimmed] | 2 columns, 42 lines | Ruling in pencil, prickings not visible | Visible aids to the reader: running title, chapter numbers, paragraph marks, foliation, tie marks | Margins extended to hold annotations.

Paleography

Example: Scribe A (littera textualis, France, c. 1275-1300): main text and catchwords, fols. 1r – 2v in black ink | Scribe B (littera cursiva, France, c. 1275-1300): numerous marginal and interlinear glosses in black ink, including diagrams in lower margins | Scribe C (littera textualis, Italy, c. 1275-1300): occasional glosses in black ink, including upper left margin of fol. 2v | Scribe D (rubricator, c. 1275-1300): page headings and text excerpts in red ink, and litterae notabiliores in red and blue ink | Scribe E (post-medieval script, perhaps 17th century): name of later owner (“Christopherus Fuiche” ?) in Greek and Latin, oriented upside down to text.

Decoration

Example: Historiated initial | Alternating red and blue initials, 2 lines in height, standing partially outside the textblock | Red and blue penwork flourishing.

Contents

Example: Peter Lombard, Sententiarum Libri IV (Sentences), Book 3, Dist. 4-5.

Fragment Description

Example: [name], Sept 12, 2019.

Folger Manuscripts

The title of the "Host" Folger collection item which is associated with the fragment in Hamnet. (bolded) Example: Two pastedowns in Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (London: Caxton, 14xx) with call number xxxxx.

Origins, Provenance

Example: The fragments are two incomplete bifolia made of good quality parchment and were produced c. 1275-1300, probably in France (script) • The manuscript was repurposed as binding material, post-medieval, and as a result the verso is darkened and discoloured in areas where a glue was applied.

Codicology

Example: Page dimensions, fol. 1: 334 x 212 (205 x 133) mm [trimmed]; fol. 2: 334 x 208 (215 x 133) mm [trimmed] | 2 columns, 42 lines | Ruling in pencil, prickings not visible | Visible aids to the reader: running title, chapter numbers, paragraph marks, foliation, tie marks | Margins extended to hold annotations.

Paleography

Example: Scribe A (littera textualis, France, c. 1275-1300): main text and catchwords, fols. 1r – 2v in black ink | Scribe B (littera cursiva, France, c. 1275-1300): numerous marginal and interlinear glosses in black ink, including diagrams in lower margins | Scribe C (littera textualis, Italy, c. 1275-1300): occasional glosses in black ink, including upper left margin of fol. 2v | Scribe D (rubricator, c. 1275-1300): page headings and text excerpts in red ink, and litterae notabiliores in red and blue ink | Scribe E (post-medieval script, perhaps 17th century): name of later owner (“Christopherus Fuiche” ?) in Greek and Latin, oriented upside down to text.

Decoration

Example: Historiated initial | Alternating red and blue initials, 2 lines in height, standing partially outside the textblock | Red and blue penwork flourishing.

Contents

Example: Peter Lombard, Sententiarum Libri IV (Sentences), Book 3, Dist. 4-5.

Fragment Description

Example: [name], Sept 12, 2019.