The prick of conscience.

Attributed author
Rolle, Richard, 1290?-1349 [Browse]
Manuscript, Book
  • Middle English (1100-1500)
  • Latin
[England] ; [14--].
130 leaves : parchment ; 280 x 190 (195 x 115 mm)


Former owner
Library of Congress genre(s)
Getty AAT genre
Summary note
Religious verse in rhyming couplets.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from incipit.
  • Attributed to Richard Rolle of Hampole and other authors.
  • Script: Anglicana formata.
  • Decoration: initials in blue with red penwork.
  • Origin: Written in England (possibly Herefordshire) in the early 15th century.
Binding note
Bound in England, in the early 19th century in brown tree calf gilt over pasteboards; rebacked; endbands with secondary sewing in red and tan; fore-edge title (brown ink): “prick consc.”; spine title: “YE PRICK OF CONSCIENCE M.S.”
Language note
In Middle English with Latin quotations.
Early and intermediate provenance unknown. Later in the library of Edward Vernon Utterson (1775/76-1856), a British antiquarian and founding member of the Roxburghe Club. Sold at Sotheby's, London in 1852 and acquired by Joseph Brooks Yates (1780-1855). Later in the possession of Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928), who probably received it from his mother, Mrs. Samuel Henry Thompson, the eldest daughter of Joseph Yates. The manuscript was sold again at Sotheby's in London, on 3 June 1905 and acquired by the bookseller Bernard Quarich. Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript from Quaritch on 1 october 1905 and placed it on deposit in the Princeton University Library (no. 1445) in 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift; of Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
  • Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, pages 317-319
  • Ricci, S. de. Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, volume 1, page 892
Cite as
Garrett MS. 138, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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