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Bod-Inc: M-237

Mirk, John

Liber festivalis, et al. [English].


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r ‘Prologus'. Incipit: ‘The helpe and grace of almyghty god . . .’

a2r Mirk, John: Liber festivalis. Mirk's Festial, ed. Erbe, with variants. See M‑232 and M‑234. In this edition the ‘Nova festa' are incorporated in their proper places in the text, that is ‘Visitatio BVM' between nos 45 and 47; ‘Transfiguratio Domini' and ‘De nomine Ihesu' between nos 51 and 52; ‘Hamus caritatis' at the end. St Margaret (no. 48) omitted.

q5v [Colophon.]

q5v ‘Tabula sermonum'.

r1r Quattuor sermones. N. F. Blake, Quattuor Sermones: Printed by William Caxton, Middle English Texts, 2 (Heidelberg, 1975). See also Sue Powell, ‘Why Quattuor Sermones?', in Texts and their Contexts. Papers from the Early Book Society, ed. John Scattergood and Julia Boffey (Dublin, 1997), 181-95.

v6r [Second colophon.]


Imprint: Paris: Johannes Higman and Wolfgang Hopyl, 26 Feb. 1494/5. 4°.


Collation: a–p8 q6 r–t8 v6.

Illustrations: Woodcuts.


ISTC: im00622400

Hain: C 2483;


Proctor: Pr 8136;

Others: Duff 311; Sheppard 6346-7; STC 17964.

LCN: 14456013


Copy number: M-237(1)

The title cut out and mounted.

Binding: Nineteenth-century diced russia, the spine gold-tooled; gilt-edged leaves, marbled pastedowns, and blue silk bookmark.

Size: 203 × 155 × 21 mm.

Size of leaf: 195 × 140 mm.

On a1v an inscription within the woodcut: ‘qui pro aliis orat pro se ipso laborat. 1538'.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 35.

Copy number: M-237(2)

Wanting a1.

Binding: Eighteenth/nineteenth-century russia, the spine gold-tooled, with sprinkled red-edged leaves.

Size: 214 × 160 × 28 mm.

Size of leaf: 206 × 144 mm.

Occasional marginal notes, structuring the text, extracting key words, underlining in brown ink in the text, and pointing hands in an early English hand. The word ‘pope' cancelled. The homily for St Thomas of Canterbury (h5v –h6r) crossed out.

Provenance: John Wiles (sixteenth century); name on l3v: ‘Jhon [John] Wyllyes'. Richard Gough (1735-1809); bequeathed in 1809.

SHELFMARK: Gough Missals 125.

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