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Name: Guillelmus de Digulleville OCist. Pilgrimage of the Life of Man, Pilgrimage of the Soul (anonymous adaptation)

Repository: State Library of Victoria

Settlement: Melbourne

Associated Manuscript Items:
Pilgrimage of the Life of Man
Pilgrimage of the Soul (anonymous adaptation)

Library ref: *096/G94

Acquisition: acquired in 1936 from W. H. Robinson

Binding: 17c. calf over boards; covers bear a pair of fillets around the edges, thus forming a panel which is traversed vertically by two pairs of fillets, all blind-tooled. On the spine are the gilt letters GRACE / DIEV / ENGL

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (10)1-9 (5)10 (10)11-22 (2)23 Ar., 216v., 217r., Br. are blank


Condition: Edges trimmed

Deco desc: English: red rubrics; blue initials, with red penwork. Pen and ink drawings, those between 1r. and 57r. are often coloured red, yellow, green, while the remainder are without colouring. Each drawing occupies from 10 to 15 lines.



Foliation: foliation in modern pencil in arabic numerals

Hand desc: English littera cursive formata; two hands: ii only fols 96r.-96v., i 1r.-95v., 97r.- end


Layout: one col. of 34 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: Public Library, Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Manuscripts and Books of Art acquired under the Terms of the Felton Bequest, Melbourne 1938, pp.9-10; Janet Smalley, The Poems of the Middle English Pilgrimage of the Soul, Liverpool 1954 (thesis typescript); The Public Library of Victoria 1856-1956, Melbourne 1956, p.91 (reproduces 150v.151r.); K. V. Sinclair, 'Quelques manuscrits cisterciens inconnus en Australie', Analecta Sacri Ordinis Cisterciensis, Vol.XX (1964), p.235; IMEVS, pp.xix,6,28,29,30,60,121,145,146,154,181, 204, 263, 277, 280, 281, 289.

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Orig date: s. xv

Orig place:


Provenance: On 1r. in a 15c. hand is the name "Cawsod"; 1r. and 215v. carry the signature of Sir John Rouclyffe Kt; 212v. bears a name that is almost indistinct, perhaps "Arfferton"; on 216r. in a 16c. hand is the note "Md. that I have payd ye therde. Merci Abbes, Obeyance prioresse, Distixlme prioress, Poverty stuerd, Chastity chanbreen or Chastelan, Lession or studie pitancer, Orison (?) harbinger, Invocation trumpeter", and 217v. in a different hand are scribbles beginning "Maria gratia plena dominus tecum", then in a 17c. (?) hand "Marke rages" and "Remember now thy Creator in the dayes of thy youth"; inside the front cover is the armorial book-plate of the Clifford family of Chudleigh and the motto SEMPER PARATUS; in addition there are notes (information inaccurate) in English by a 19c. hand about the date of the text and its English versions; Av. has the Library's stock no."432894"; the volume was acquired in l936 from W. H. Robinson, cf. on Bv. the reminder "Felton Bequest 19.12.36 £600"; the shelf-mark *096/G94 is on Bv. and the spine. [Sir John Roucliffe was from Cowthorpe, South Yorkshire. His will was proved in 1531, cf. J. Raine, Testamenta Eboracensia, 6 vols, London 1836-1902, Vol.V, pp.319-23. There is no specific mention of this MS. His father, Sir Brian Roucliffe, a Baron of the Exchequer, had bequeathed him in 1495 "omnes libros tam Anglicos quam Latinos et Gallicos" (ibid., Vol.IV, p.106). Sir Brian's father, Guy Roucliffe, d. 1460 (ibid., Vol.II, p.238) could have been the first owner. Guy's wife was Iohanna de Burgh of Kirtlington, Nottinghamshire.]

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 217


Signatures: quire signatures

Support: vellum, paper


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