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Bod-Inc: B-591

Bueve de Hantone

Bevis of Hampton [English].



Imprint: [Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, c.1500]. 4°.

Remarks: Sheppard notes that he suspects the date to be later: ‘type much worn'. Joseph Gwara (reviewing E. Gordon Duff, Printing in England in the Fifteenth Century, with supplementary descriptions, chronologies and a census of copies by Lotte Hellinga (London, 2009) in Journal of the Early Book Society, 13 (2010), 296-8 at 297) suggests that this work was printed by Hugo Goes in c.1506.


Collation: No complete copy known: see GW.


ISTC: ib01275040

GW: GW 5710;

Proctor: Pr 9726;

Others: Duff 44; Sheppard 7470; STC 1987.

LCN: 14002929


Copy number: B-591(1)

Two leaves only, containing lines 29-98 and 227-92: see The Romance of Sir Beues of Hamtoun, ed. Eugen Kölbing, Early English Text Society, Extra ser., 46, part I (London, 1885), with this copy as version ‘L'; Duff: ‘almost certainly leaves 2 and 5 of first quire'.

[Leaf 2r] has incipit: ‘In all the londes of cryſtyente | Was none founde ſo good as he . . .'; and, on verso, explicit: ‘ . . . Madame, he ſayd, holde you ſtyll | For I wyll do all at your wyll'. [Leaf 5r] has incipit: ‘My lorde the it ſente ſyr Mordure | To nyght hrcommyth to thy boure . . .'; and, on verso, explicit: ‘ . . . Whan Beuys was on hygh upon the downe | He loked towarde Southhampton'.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half maroon morocco, bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size of leaves: 187 × 124 mm.

Provenance: Richard Farmer (1735-1797); a note in Farmer's hand in lower margin of recto of first leaf: ‘A fragment of Syr Bevis of Hampton'; compare MS. Eng. lett. d.43, fols 249, 253-6; not found in his sale (1-7 May 1789). Francis Douce (1757-1834); shelfmark ‘Douce Fragments 19' on wrapper. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce Fragm. e.13.

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