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English, Middle (1100-1500)
[England] ; [between 1425 and 1488]
ii, 160 leaves : parchment ; 292 x 202 mm
Early works to 1800
Brutus the Trojan (Legendary character)
Manuscripts, English (Middle)
Sulyard, John, approximately 1428-approximately 1488
Voynich, Wilfred Michael, 1865-1930
Garrett, Robert, 1875-1961
Princeton University. Library. Manuscript. Garrett MS. 150
Extended version with continuations to the year 1419.
Script: Secretary, by one scribe, probably writing in the middle of the 15th century.
Decoration: on fol. 1r are the remains of a large initial in gold leaf on blue and mauve ground with white design and with foliage of green globular leaves and gold leaf balls. Possibly once part of a demi-vinet or vinet border of gold leaf with spiraling blue leaves. On fol. 64v (chapter 133, William the Conqueror) is a 7-line initial W in burnished gold on a blue and rose ground with white foliate design, with foliage of green globular leaves and gold leaf balls and trefoil leaf. The remaining chapters open with 3-line initials alternating between blue with red penwork and gold leaf with brown penwork.
Binding: England, 15th century; brown calf, blind-stamped and tooled over cushioned beech boards (9 mm thick); leather covering spine and most of back cover.
Text in Middle English.
Garrett Ms. 150 was probably first owned by Sir John Sulyard (ca. 1425-1488), a lawyer and knight of Werden Hall, Suffolk, who served as a justice of King's Bench. His name written on fol. 160r. On 7 April 1925, the manuscript was sold at Sotheby's, London. The antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich (1865-1930) purchased the manuscript at this sale as agent for Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, who donated it to the Princeton University Library in 1942.
Gift; of Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 348-350
Garrett MS. 150, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Also available in an electronic version.
Robert Garrett Collection