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Bod-Inc: B-482

Book of Hawking, Hunting, and Heraldry


Analysis of Content

Part I.

1a2r Book of Hawking. Incipit: ‘[I]n so moch that gentill men and honest persones haue greete delite . . .’ See E. F. Jacob, ‘The Book of St Albans', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 28 (1944), 99-118; Marjorie Gray Wynne, ‘The Boke of St. Albans', Yale University Library Gazette, 26 (1951), 33-6; David Scott-Macnab, A Sporting Lexicon of the Fifteenth Century: the 'JB Treatise', Medium Aevum Monographs, NS 23 (Oxford, 2003), with this edition discussed at 42-6. On the authorship of this and the other works attributed to Juliana Berners, see Rachel Hands, English Hawking and Hunting in ‘The Boke of St. Albans’ (Oxford, 1975), pp. xiv–xv, lv–lx.

1e1r Berners, Juliana [pseudo-]: Book of Hunting. Incipit: ‘Lyke wise as in the booke of hawkyng aforesayd are writyn and noted . . .’

1f8r ‘Here now foloyng shall be shewed all the shyreys and the byshopryches of the reolme of Englond . . .’ Incipit: ‘Kente. Caunturbury. Rouchestre . . .’

1f8r ‘Prouynces of England'. Incipit: ‘Caunturburi and Yorke. Stafford, Darby . . .’

Part II.

2a1r [Book of Heraldry.] ‘Liber armorum'. Incipit: ‘Here in thys booke folowyng is determyned the lynage of coote armuris . . . Beyng in worthenes aarmes for beere by the royall blode . . .’

2c1r [Book of Heraldry.] ‘The blasyng of armys'. Incipit: ‘I haue shewyed to you in thys booke a foore how gentilmen began . . .’


Imprint: St Albans: [Schoolmaster Printer], 1486. Folio.

Remarks: For an alternative identification of the place of printing see James Moran, ‘The Book of St Albans and the “Schoolmaster Printer”  ’, Black Art, 2 (1963-4), 117-24, and ‘The Book of St Albans', Coat of Arms, 8 (1964), 48-53; on the printer, see also Nicolas Barker, ‘The St. Albans Press', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 7 (1979), 257-78.


Collation: Part I: a–c8 d4 e f8; part II: 2a b6 c–e8 f10.

Illustrations: 117 woodcuts of coats of arms in part II.


ISTC: ib01030000

GW: GW 4932;

Hain: HC 2465;

Goff: Goff B‑1030;


Proctor: Pr 9828;

Others: Duff 56; Hands, English Hawking and Hunting, p. xvii; Hodgkin, ‘Proper Terms', 6, 9, 42; Oates 4214; Sheppard 7578; STC 3308. Facsimile: English Experience, no. 151 (Amsterdam, 1969).

LCN: 14004362


Copy number: B-482(1)

Wanting gatherings1 a and2 f.

Leaves1 f3-4,2 d6, 8 cropped.

Binding: Quarter parchment over blue-grey paper boards.

Size: 300 × 213 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 288 × 205 mm.

Some early annotations, pointing hands, and scribbles. On2 b6r, a drawing in black ink, of a coat of arms, quarterly 1 and 4, three roundels in chief, 2 and 3 a chevron charged with three(?) molets of eight points, between three(?) doves. Bibliographical notes on the front endleaf, by Thomas Hearne.

Yellow wash added to the coats of arms, where appropriate.

Provenance: Thomas Tabe (sixteenth century); name in a sixteenth-century hand on2 b4v. Thomas Hearne (1678-1735), 28 Sept. 1732; signature and date, and notes on front endleaf. Bequeathed to William Bedford (†1747). Listed in John Whiston's list MS. Rawl. D. 1167, fol. 1, no. 4: ‘Juliana Barnes, or the St. Alban's Chronicles. Imperfect. There is in this book a written account of it by Mr Hearne'. Bequeathed by Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755) in 1755.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 2.1.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.18.

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