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Bod-Inc: L-001

La Tour-landry, Geoffroy de

Livre pour l'enseignement de ses filles [English] The Knight of the Tower.


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Caxton, William: Translator's prologue.] The Book of the Knight of the Tower, trans. William Caxton, ed. M. Y. Offord, EETS suppl. ser., 2 (London, 1971), 3-4; Crotch 86-7.

[*2r] [Table of contents.] The Book of the Knight, ed. Offord, 5-10.

a1r la Tour-landry, [Geoffroy de]: ‘Prologue.’ The Book of the Knight, ed. Offord, 11-13.

a3r la Tour-landry, [Geoffroy de]: The Knight of the Tower [English]. Translated by William Caxton. The Book of the Knight, ed. Offord, 13-192. Caxton names himself as translator in the colophon.


Imprint: Westminster: [William Caxton], 31 Jan. 1484. Folio.


Collation: [*4] a–m8 n6.


ISTC: il00072000

Hain: HC 9784;

Goff: Goff L‑72;

BMC: BMC XI 152;

Proctor: Pr 9657;

Others: Duff 241; Caxton, Exhibition, BL, 62, no. 65; de Ricci, Caxton, 63; Needham, Pardoner, 88, no. Cx 69; Oates 4093; Painter, Caxton, 213; Sheppard 7401; STC 15296.

LCN: 14450114


Copy number: L-001(1)

Bound with A‑054(1); see there for details of binding, manuscript notes, and provenance.

Size of leaf: 278 × 190 mm.

Wanting gathering [*], and leaf a3.

Early notes, scribbles, and pen-trials. On a2v pen-trials and scribbles. Notes in early hands: on c5v: ‘The mas is abomenabell idolatry I love yt not', with similar phrases repeated twice, also on c4v; sections of text crossed out on c5v and d1v -d2r; on d1v: ‘This byll made ye xth of June in the xiiith year of the rayyne of [ ]'. On n4v: ‘Homo este syne pecunya et tanquam corpous syne hanyma'; ‘Homo sine pecunia est quasi [ ] | Imo homo sine pecunia est tanquam corpus sine anima . . .' On n5r: ‘Jvvenall sayth there is no thyng more tollerable than a rych wyffe'; ‘As tyme permytteth the to lyue so oughtest thou to be[] from daye to daye from tyme to tyme this domge to[ ]'; ‘O deus omnipotens soli miserere Johannis | Quem mors preueniens non [ ] esse [ ]'; ‘Haue ye in mynd I haue byn kynd | That I fore ye haue smartte | Remember me as I haue done ye | And ye thatt haue my harte'. On n5v eight lines of verse: ‘[C]urvare cogit [ ] sub millites caltar [ ] | Sic puerum studiis virga vacare suis | Si ter pulsanti nemo respondet absto | Nec frustra longam si sapis adde moram | Ex tribus his al[iquid] pro vero semper habendum est | Non sum non possum non licet esse domi | Qui plus expendit quam a plow will till in a xii moneth | Is non mereretur, to borrow a life as his neighbour'. On n6r: ‘God mayde man and man made monye. God mayde beayes and beaye mayde honye'. Inscriptions on n6v of item 3: ‘Jhesu my lady helyp amen'; ‘[ ]be knoyng to all men be thys present wrytyng that the noble erlle of Surrey [Thomas Howard (1443-1524), later 2nd Duke of Norfolk] departyd from Lambbethe in to the northe the xxii day of Jully the fyfthe yere of the reyng of kyng Henre the viiith [1513]'; ‘Rychard Dente/Douce'. The name ‘Rychard' appears twice on n6v of item 3 in a similar hand to Richard Robson's in item 4.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.21(3).

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.13(3).

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