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Arthurian metrical romances ; Manor of Hale records.
English, Middle (1100-1500)
[London, England] ; [between 1450 and 1500]
1 volume (100 leaves) : parchment ; 275 x 190 mm
Middle English, 1100-1500
Manuscripts, English (Middle)
Trevisa, John, -1402
Taylor, Robert H., 1908-1985
Princeton University. Library. Manuscript. Taylor MS. 9.
Script: Anglicana used for the three Middle English romances; script shows some influence of Secretary and Anglicana formata.
Decoration: Guide letters for two- or three-line initials, which were never executed.
England, 15th century. Cushioned quarter-sawn oak boards (10-11 mm thick).
Text in Middle English and Latin.
Taylor MS. 9 is a composite volume comprised of two sets of quires, both probably produced in what is now the English metropolitan county of Merseyside and bound together after 1465 for William Ireland (or Irland), lord of the Manor of Hale, near Manchester. The present manuscript is known historically as the "Ireland Blackburne manuscript." From 1945 to 1971, the manuscript was at the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana, in Cologny, Switzerland. The New York antiquarian bookseller H. P. Kraus (1906-1987) purchased the manuscript in 1971 and sold it on 24 September 1973 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 420-424.
Taylor MS. 9, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Also available in an electronic version.
Manor of Hale Records