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Bod-Inc: M-232

Mirk, John

Liber festivalis [English].


Analysis of Content

a2r Mirk, John: Liber festivalis. Mirk's Festial: A Collection of Homilies, ed. Theodor Erbe, EETS, Extra Ser., 96 (London, 1905), with variants. See Susan Powell, ‘John Mirk's Festial and the Pastoral Programme', Leeds Studies in English, NS 22 (1991), 85-102; Susan Powell, Prolegomena to a New Edition of the ‘Festial’, University of Salford ESRI Literary and Cultural Studies, 18 (Salford, 1995), who notes, at 18, that Caxton's edition was based on a ‘B' text. Unlike the modern edition, ‘homilies de tempore' and ‘de sanctis' are kept separate, in the following order: nos 1, 15-17, 20-3, 25-7, 29, 28, 30, 36-41, 2-14, 18, 24, 31-5, 44-5, 47-52, 54-5, 57-68.


Imprint: Westminster: William Caxton, 30 June 1483. Folio.

Remarks: Probably issued with Quattuor Sermones [1483].


Collation: a–n8 o p6.


ISTC: im00620000

Hain: HC 7029 (I);

Goff: Goff M‑620;


Proctor: Pr 9652;

Others: Caxton, Exhibition, BL, no. 53; de Ricci, Caxton, 79; Duff 298; Needham, Pardoner, 88, no. Cx 65; Sheppard 7390; STC 17957 (I).


Copy number: M-232(1)

Bound with:
2. Quattuor sermones. Westminster: William Caxton, [1487] (Q‑007(1)).

Wanting gathering a, leaves f2-8 and h4-6.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf; bound for the Bodleian Library; the gold stamp of the Library on both covers. Rebacked.

Size: 265 × 185 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 255 × 168 mm.

A few marginal notes, mainly extracting key words, and scribbles in a number of early English hands. On b1r: ‘Directions for keeping feasts all the year', probably in Selden's hand. Bibliographical notes on front endleaf in an English sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand. Drawings of St Paul on i2v and St James on m2v. On a2r of item 2: ‘for the [deleted] John Slye(?) pope John Joh[n] Synnes'. On b7v of item 2: ‘John Shaw Tom Leke Symony Stelthe'.

Provenance: John Powell (sixteenth century); inscription on d6v of item 2: ‘I John Powell a member of the tru cathholick church'. John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 50: ‘Directions for keeping of Festivalls. --1483'. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: D 1. 15 Th. Seld.; AA 84 Th. Seld. (84 across the fore-edge).

SHELFMARK: S. Seld. d.8(1).

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