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Ms. Codex 75 - Borough, John, d. 1386 - Pupilla oculi
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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 75 - Borough, John, d. 1386 - Pupilla oculi
Borough, John, d. 1386.
Pupilla oculi [manuscript].
[England, between 1400 and 1425]
Physical description:
193 leaves : parchment ; 253 x 182 (194 x 143) mm. bound to 265 x 190 mm.
Handbook of canon law and pastoral theology for parish priests (f. 1r-177v). It appears to be a reworking of an earlier manual (ca. 1320) by William of Pagula. Followed by a register for the work (f. 178r-193v).
Ms. codex.
Title from spine and f. 177v. The author's name is given on the spine and in the Zacour-Hirsch Catalogue as John de Burgh.
Collation: Parchment, ii (modern paper) + 193 + i (modern paper); 1-7¹², 8¹⁰, 9-14¹², 15¹²(-1), 16¹², 17⁴; [1-193]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Catchwords in an enlarged Gothic script, lower right of last verso of each quire, in a decorative border. The catchword at the bottom of f. 130v does not match the first words of f. 131r; this suggests that a quire may be missing.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 45 lines.
Script: Written in a Gothic bâtarde script.
Decoration: 7-line initial in blue and red with penwork ornamentation and decorated border (f. 1r). Blue initials with red and blue ornamentation, paragraph markers and rubrication found throughout.
Binding: 20th-century American olive cloth over cardboard (bound for the Lea Library, University of Pennsylvania).
Origin: Written in England in the first quarter of the 15th century.
Folio 36v contains the following marginal notation, in English: "John Hurleston, Not his Booke, 1690." Possibly a reader's mark.
Signatures: Some signatures visible in red in the first half of some quires.
There is an abraded Ex Libris on f. 193v.
On file in the Library is a three-page description of the manuscript and discussion of its contents by Peter Collins and Ruth J. Dean of the University of Pennsylvania. This is dated May 1974. It is accompanied by photographs and materials describing the Church of St. Deiniol in Bangor, Wales.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 75
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 75
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