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Policronicon / Higden Ranulf.
Higden, Ranulf, -1364
English (Middle English)
English, Middle (1100-1500)
[London, England] ; [between 1450 and 1475]
iii, 225, ii : parchment ; 460 x 310 mm
Early works to 1800
Early works to 1800
Manuscripts, English (Middle)
Trevisa, John, -1402
Taylor, Robert H., 1908-1985
Princeton University. Library. Manuscript. Taylor MS. 6.
Ranulf Higden's Polychronicon in the Middle English translation by John Trevisa.
Script: Bastard Secretary. The hand is that of the Hooked-G Scribe, named after the most distinctive script feature of a scribe (or scribes) active in London in the third quarter of the 15th century.
Decoration: Books open with a 6- to 9-line initial in gold, light and dark blue, green, pink, and magenta with vinet borders (fols. 9r, 43v, 67r, 104v, 162v, 185r); the opening of book 5, originally between fols. 131-132, has been lost.
England, 19th century. Brown calf over cushioned wooden boards (12 mm thick). Original pastedowns (or flyleaves) were retained after rebinding, in which marbled endpapers were added.
Text in Middle English.
Taylor Ms. 6 was written in London by the Hooked-G Scribe, but the manuscript's early provenance is unknown. The manuscript was offered by London bookseller William H. Robinson in "Rare Books and Manuscripts, Catalogue 83" (London: W. H. Robinson, Ltd., 1953). Before 1973, the antiquarian bookseller Laurence C. Witten (1926-1995), of New Haven, Connecticut, sold the manuscript to Robert H. Taylor (1908-1985), of Princeton, New Jersey, Class of 1930. His bequest to the Princeton University Library, 1985.
Gift of Robert H. Taylor.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 415-417.
Taylor MS. 6, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Also available in an electronic version.