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Bod-Inc: L-204

Lydgate, John

The Life of Our Lady [English].


Analysis of Content

[*1r] [Note about the compilation.] Incipit: ‘[T]his book was compyled by dan Johan Lydgate monke of Burye . . .’

[*1r] [Table of contents.]

a1r Lydgate, John: The Life of Our Lady. John Lydgate, Life of Our Lady, ed. Joseph A. Lauritis, Ralph A. Klinefelter, and Vernon F. Gallagher, Duquesne Studies, Philological Series, 2 (Pittsburgh and Louvain, 1961), 247-669.

m4v [Caxton, William: Epilogue in verse.] Lydgate, Life of Our Lady, ed. Lauritis, Klinefelter, and Gallagher, 52; Crotch 85.


Imprint: [Westminster]: William Caxton, [1483]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by BMC and Needham; Sheppard, and Lydgate, Life of Our Lady, ed. Lauritis, Klinefelter and Gallagher date [1484?], Rhodes [1484].


Collation: [*]2 a–l8 m6.


ISTC: il00409000

Hain: HC 10352;

Goff: Goff L‑409;


Proctor: Pr 9665;

Others: Caxton, Exhibition, BL, 62, no. 62; de Ricci, Caxton, 71; Duff 266; Lydgate, Life of Our Lady, ed. Lauritis, Klinefelter, and Gallagher, 51-3; Needham, Pardoner, 87, no. Cx 63; Oates 4096; Painter, Caxton, 213; Rhodes 1131; Sheppard 7404; STC 17023. Facsimile: English Experience, no. 473 (Amsterdam, 1972).

LCN: 14479208


Copy number: L-204(1)

Wanting the blank leaf m6.

The lower margin of i7 has been mutilated.

Binding: Seventeenth-century English blind-tooled calf; rebacked. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover.

Size: 287 × 212 × 32 mm.

Size of leaf: 275 × 196 mm.

Early marginal notes in English, including verses and proverbs, also manuscript copies or draft copies of letters, including one on a5v written at ‘Bekenor' [probably English Bicknor, Gloucestershire]. On a1r moral sayings ascribed to Seneca. On l8r-m1r the answer of Henry Chambur to a complaint by John Powle against him, regarding horses, written in a sixteenth-century hand; on m5r is a manuscript copy of a writ of inquiry in a case of armed disorder at Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire, on 3 Dec. 1537, naming Margaret Smythe and John Stokes; on m5v is a manuscript list of names, including that of John Stokes, and payments of the same period.

One- to three-line initials and paragraph marks supplied in red.

Provenance: Thomas S[ ]ll (late fifteenth century); draft of letter, signed by him, on a3r. Henry Chamber [Chambur] (sixteenth century). John Powle (sixteenth century); draft letter (see above). Margaret Smythe (fl. 1537). John Stokes (fl. 1537); draft writ (see above). Susan Butler (sixteenth century(?)); name on [*2v]. Thomas Butler (sixteenth century(?)); perhaps Thomas Butler or Botelar (1487?-1571); name on d1r. Thomas Wilson (sixteenth century); name on l8v. Jane Hornyold or Horniold (seventeenth century(?)); cancelled inscription on m5v, across the list of names and payments: ‘Jane Horniold her booke'. John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Add. C. 40, p. 20, col. 2, with date given as ‘1554', which is clearly a mistake, copied from the preceding entry. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: H 1. 2 Art. Seld. (Hyde, Catalogus (1674), I 401); Auct. QQ 1.10; Auct. QQ sup. 1.10.

SHELFMARK: S. Seld. d.10.

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