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Bod-Inc: C-196

Chronicles: England

Chronicles of England [English].


Analysis of Content

a2r [Table of contents.] ‘A schort and breue tabull on thes Cronicles'.

2a2r ‘The Prolog'. Incipit: ‘[I]n so myche that it is necessari . . .’

a4r ‘Fructus temporum'. Incipit: ‘[B]ecause thys boke is mad to tel what tyme onythyng notabull wos . . .’ A brief history of the world based on the Fasciculus temporum; see Brie, Geschichte und Quellen der mittelenglischen Prosachronik, 124-5.

b6v Chronicles of England [English]. ‘Regnum Britanie nunc dictum Anglia'. See C‑194.


Imprint: St Albans: Schoolmaster Printer, [1485]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by Sheppard; BMC dates [c.1486], GW [c.1485].


Collation: a 2a–z [et] [con] A–I8 K10.

Illustrations: Two woodcuts; woodcut initials.


ISTC: ic00479000

GW: GW 6672;

Hain: HC 4997;

Goff: Goff C‑479;


Proctor: Pr 9827;

Others: Baer, Die Illustrierten Historienbücher, p. xxiv, no. 151; Duff 101; Matheson 260, no. 3; Oates 4213; Sheppard 7575-7; STC 9995.

LCN: 14863703, 14863760, 14863779


Copy number: C-196(1)

Wanting gathering a and leaves2 a1-7, g1, 2, [et]7, I1.8, K1-10.

Binding: Eighteenth-century English blind-tooled calf; one metal clasp hinged to the upper cover.

Size: 285 × 210 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 273 × 197 mm.

Copious early marginal notes, partly in English. In the hand of Thomas Hearne: ‘Tho this book be commonly called Caxton's Chronicle, yet the true title thereof is Fructus temporum. See Bale p. 618. Ed. fol.’

Provenance: Inscription on e3v: ‘Walther Howerd' (sixteenth century) and other names in an early hand. Francis Howard (sixteenth century); on y2r an inscription: ‘Francis Howerd'. Sir Edward Montagu (sixteenth century); on H1r: ‘Edwardus Montagu miles . . .' Philip Malpas (sixteenth century); on I7v an inscription. Thomas Hearne (1678-1735); motto dated 6 Sept. 1722 and note on purchase from Alderman White of Oxford for £0. 10. 0. Bequeathed to William Bedford (†1747). Listed in John Whiston's list, MS. Rawl. D. 1167, fol. 1, no. 9: ‘Caxton's Chronicle, The true title of which Mr Hearne says is Fructus temporum imperfect.' Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755). Bequeathed in 1755.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 2.2.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.19.

Copy number: C-196(2)

Wanting gathering a and leaves2 a1.8, b2, 4, 5, 7, q1, 2, K1, 2, 9, 10. Leaves z3, B8, I1, and K8 are mutilated.

Leaves a2 –a5, b8, z4.5 and K8 overlaid with vegetal tissue, probably in the late nineteenth century at the instigation of E. W. B. Nicholson, Bodley's Librarian.

Binding: Eighteenth-century mottled calf; marbled pastedowns; rebacked. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of the upper cover.

Size: 270 × 190 × 60 mm.

Size of leaf: 259 × 175 mm.

On k8v copious marginal notes in the hand of Nathaniel Crynes. A few marginal notes in Latin.

Provenance: Inscription on a3v: ‘Robertus . . . possidet | Teste . . .' John Campe (fl. 1651?); on a2r an inscription: ‘John Campe owe this Booke 165(?)1'. Nathaniel Crynes (1686-1745). Bequeathed in 1745.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 2.3.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.20.

Copy number: C-196(3)

Wanting gathering a and leaves2 a1, 4, 5, 8, k8, [con]1.8, D3.6, K2, 9, 10, replaced with blank leaves.

Binding: Seventeenth/eighteenth-century English calf; rebacked.

Size: 280 × 220 × 65 mm.

Size of leaf: 266 × 199 mm.

On a3v text continued in an early English hand. Copious early marginal notes in English. On rear endleaf, several medical recipes in English entered in an early hand.

Provenance: Richard Rawlins (†1536), Bishop of St Davids; this item not included in the inventory of his books in Letters and papers . . . Henry VIII, vol X, 1536, no. 431, p. 175; on e5r an inscription: ‘Richard Raulyns booke'. Robert Tomlinson (sixteenth-century); on a2r several inscriptions of name. Richard Greene (sixteenth century); on b2v, o4v, and y7r an inscription of the name. Robert Francis Morgan (sixteenth century); an inscription on l6v: ‘Robert Francis Morgan is the best honored'. Thomas Appleby (sixteenth century); on m3v an inscription: ‘Thomas Applebyee'. John, Robert, and Richard Turbridge (sixteenth/seventeenth century); on o3r and y5r an inscription: ‘John Turbridge'; on y5r: ‘Robert Turbridge'; on o3v: ‘Richard Turbridge'. Robert Williams Parcke (seventeenth century); on C2r: ‘Robert Williams Parcke'. Owen Smyth (fl. 1647); on a6r, r5r, and B8r an inscription: ‘Owen Smyth 1647'. Thomas Ellis (1625-1673), on front endleaf inscription: ‘E Libris Thomæ Ellis'. Humphrey Owen (1712-1768). Donated by Owen in 1750; inscription on front endleaf.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: AA 64.B Jur. Seld.; Auct. QQ sup. 2.4.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.21.

Copy number: C-196(4)

Not in Sheppard.

Bound with A‑168(5); see there for details of binding and provenance.

Leaf [et2] only.

Size of fragment: 250 × 176 mm.

A scribbled note in the lower margin in English in a sixteenth-century hand, presumably as pen-trial, beginning: ‘I maye & maynotte be made so . . .’

SHELFMARK: Gibson 403(15).

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