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Bod-Inc: M-234

Mirk, John

Liber festivalis [English].


Analysis of Content

a2r [Prologue.] Incipit: ‘The helpe and grace of almyghty god . . .’

a2r Mirk, John: Liber festivalis. Mirk's Festial, ed. Erbe, with variants. See M‑232; Powell, Prolegomena, 18 notes that this second Caxton edition was based on the ‘B' text used in the Rood edition (M‑233, above), and was followed by all subsequent editions up to 1532. In this edition the ‘Nova festa' (that is ‘Visitatio BVM', ‘Transfiguratio Domini', ‘De nomine Ihesu', and ‘Hamus caritatis') are added at the end of the text. The homily for St Margaret (no. 48) is omitted.


Imprint: [Westminster]: William Caxton, [1491]. Folio.

Remarks: Probably issued with Quattuor Sermones (Duff 302).


Collation: a–p8 q2 R8 s6.

Illustrations: Woodcut: see BMC.


ISTC: im00621000

Hain: H 7028 (I); C 2479;

Goff: Goff M‑621;


Proctor: Pr 9686;

Others: de Ricci, Caxton, 80; Duff 301; Needham, Pardoner, 90, no. Cx 103; Oates 4114 (I); Sheppard 7423; STC 17959 (I).

LCN: 14455979


Copy number: M-234(1)

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

Wanting the blank leaf a1; wanting also e4.5 and f6.

Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) calf, the spine gold-tooled; sprinkled red-edged leaves; marbled pastedowns. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of upper cover.

Size: 265 × 200 × 37 mm.

Size of leaf: 258 × 184 mm.

‘Cc 17' in brown ink on the upper left-hand corner of verso of front endleaf. On rear endleaf verses in a contemporary hand, probably Myddalson's: ‘O swet hart with paynys smert so sore to yow my mynd to yow ys set | but that y must ye may me trust with all my body and mynd to yow I breke . . . that me may meet together and lysten y hast [ ]'.

Provenance: John Middalson (fifteenth/sixteenth century); his name on rear endleaf. Nathaniel Crynes (1686-1745); bibliographical notes in his hand on front endleaf. Bequeathed in 1745.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: [ ] 66 (`66' across head of fore-edge); Auct. QQ sup. 1.13(1).

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.9(1).

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