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Name: Brut (with continuation to 1419)

Repository: University Library

Settlement: Sydney, in the University of Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
Brut (with continuation to 1419)

Library ref: MS. Nicholson 13

Acquisition: Sir Charles Nicholson's family presented the volume in 1924

Binding: 16c. calf over boards, covers have three rectangular panels (lozenges with quatrefoil, leaf sprays, intertwining scrolls) framing a centre panel of lozenges with quatrefoil, all in blind; spineÕs compartments carry stylized floral rectangle in blind, title in blind is BRUTE / OF / ENGLOND / M.S.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (8)1 (10)2-13 (12)14 (10)15-17 (7)18; At least one sheet is missing from the end of the last quire. Ar. marbled, Bv.ÑCv., Dr.ÑEv. are blank, Fv. marbled


Condition: Edges cut and tinted blue, Some folios repaired, lower margin cut off fols 1 and 177 without loss of text.

Deco desc: red caps and underlining.

Dimensions: 278 x 206 mm

Extent: vi + 177

Foliation: foliation 19c. arabic in pencil

Hand desc: Two English scribes employing bastard hands


Layout: one col. two hands (i) 1r.-111v.26-31 lines (ii) 112r.Ñ177v. 39Ñ43 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: Exhibition, p.12 no.13.

Music notation:


Orig date: s. xv1

Orig place:


Provenance: on 160v., 161v.Ñ163v., 168v. are 16Ñ17c. marginalia calling attention to names in the text of the section on Richard II; 1r. in 18c. or 19c. black ink ÔNo.48 MS.Õ and ÔNo.337Õ; Av. has in 19c. pencil almost effaced Ô768Õ; 177v. in a 19c. hand Ô00[first 0 with a diagonal stroke top right to bottom left, second 0 with a horizontal stroke like a greek theta]/ÑÕ, Ô[pound sign]5-5-0Õ and Ô21/3/31Õ repeated by the same hand on Fr. with the addition of ÔNo.351Õ; Br. by another 19c. hand ÔThis MS. is from CochraneÕs[121] CollectionÕ and the signature ÔJames Orchard HalliwellÕ [N122] inside front cover is an extract from an English book sellerÕs catalogue, entry no.768, and the armorial book-plate of Sir Charles Nicholson, Bart. [N121] Most probably John George Cochrane (1781Ñ1852), bibliographer and librarian of the London Library. [N122] Shakespearian scholar and book collector (1820Ñ89).

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 111


Signatures: first six quires have signatures

Support: paper water-mark is an ox-head with eyes and nostrils surmounted by a star cf. Briquet, Vol.IV, no.15054 (Evreux 1441),


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