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Bod-Inc: M-238

Mirk, John

Liber festivalis [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) is omitted.


Imprint: Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, 1496. 4°.

Remarks: A page-for-page-reprint of De Worde's edition of 1493 (Duff 307); probably issued with Quattuor Sermones.


Collation: a–z8 [et] [con] [rum]6.

Illustrations: Woodcuts: see BMC.


ISTC: im00622600

Hain: H 7033 (I);


Proctor: Pr 9702;

Others: Duff 312; Sheppard 7446; STC 17965 (I).


Copy number: M-238(1)

Bound with:
2. Quattuor sermones. Westminster: [Wynkyn de Worde], 1496 (Q‑009).

Wanting the colophon leaf [rum5], in place of which is bound a leaf numbered cc containing the colophon of the edition printed by J. Ravynell, Rouen, 4 Feb. 1495 (Bod-inc. M‑236). Wanting also the blank leaf [rum6].

Binding: Seventeenth-century calf; rebacked with an eighteenth-century gold-tooled spine.

Size: 182 × 135 × 38 mm.

Size of leaf: 176 × 125 mm.

On the front pastedown, bibliographical notes and shelfmark ‘C. 20' in Cole's hand. On the verso of the rear endleaf a satirical composition in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century English hand:`Iste liber festiualis | in toto mundo non [ ] | propter sapientiam | . . .'; 27 lines of verse. The same hand has also cancelled the word ‘festialis' on the title-page and substituted ‘bestialis'.

Provenance: William Cole (1721-1793); inscription on a1v: ‘Wm Cole Coll. [then on erasure] di(?). Iohan. Cant. 1751'. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 36(1).

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