L'Histoire de Jason [English] History of Jason.
Analysis of Content
[a2r] [Caxton, William]: ‘The prologue of the translatour.’ Crotch 32-4; Raoul Lefevre, The History of Jason, trans. William Caxton, ed. John Munro, EETS extra ser., 111 (London, 1913), 1-2.
[a3v] [Lefevre, Raoul]: ‘The prologue of thauctor.’ [Translated by William Caxton.] Lefevre, History of Jason, ed. Munro, 3.
[a5r] [Lefevre, Raoul: L'Histoire de Jason [English] History of Jason. Translated by William Caxton.] Lefevre, History of Jason, ed. Munro, 4-198.
[t5r] [Caxton, William: Epilogue.] Crotch 35-6; Lefevre, History of Jason, ed. Munro, 198-9.
Imprint: [Westminster: William Caxton, 1477]. Folio.
Collation: [a–s8 t6].
Hain: HC 7053;
Goff: Goff L‑112;
BMC: BMC XI;
Proctor: Pr 9621;
Others: Curt F. Bühler, ‘Caxton's History of Jason', Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 34 (1940), 254-61; Caxton, Exhibition, BL, 38 no. 21; de Ricci, Caxton, 64; Duff 245; Needham, Pardoner, 85, no. Cx 25; Oates 4059; Painter, Caxton, 211; Sheppard 7363-5; STC 15383.
Copy number: L-059(1)
Wanting [e1-2], also the blank leaves [a1] and [t6].
The setting of type of the inner forme of the second sheet (the first leaf being blank) exists in two variants. This copy agrees with those in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, and the New York Public Library (see Bühler 254-61, and BMC). For this copy see Caxton, Exhibition, Bodley, no. 7. Leaf [a2r], l.4: ‘ . . . frenſſh'; l.5: ‘ . . . Troye / in | . . .; [t5v], l.25: ‘ . . . eú= | laſting life . . . | . . . bleſſhid . . .’
Binding: Nineteenth/twentieth-century blind-tooled calf over wooden boards. ‘63' (from the shelfmark [AA?] 63 Jur. Seld.) on the fore-edge in black ink.
Size: 268 × 193 × 50 mm.
Size of leaf: 256 × 183 mm.
Occasional marginal and interlinear annotations, including some corrections, ‘nota' marks, and pointing hands. Pen-trials and scribbles on [a4v], presumably by the members of the Muriell family (see below); the note, with the decorated initial [`To the Right Honble. Sir John Somers Knt. Lord High Chancellor'] is clearly datable to 1693-1700, the dates of Somers's tenure of that post, as is that ‘To the Right Honble. John Earl of Rutland' [John Manners (1638-1711), 9th Earl of Rutland (1679-1703, therefter 1st Duke of Rutland)] to 1679-1703. On [e8r] the Lord's Prayer in a circular form (a devil trap), written in a seventeenth-century hand. Unsigned manuscript note [by Nathaniel Crynes] on the recto of the front endleaf.
Two- and three-line initials and paragraph marks supplied in red.
Provenance: Heavily cancelled inscription on [a2r]. John Marsh, Bury (seventeenth century?); inscription on [a2r]: ‘John Marsh Bury'. John, Samuel, and Charles(?) Muriell (seventeenth century?); names on [a4v]. Nathaniel Crynes (1686-1745); note (see above). Presumably bequeathed in 1745.
Former Bodleian shelfmarks: [AA?] 63 J[ur.] S[eld.] (in red crayon on the verso of the front endleaf); Auct. QQ sup. 1.22.
SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.14.
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