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.
GW: GW 5710;
Proctor: Pr 9726;
Others: Duff 44; Sheppard 7470; STC 1987.
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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