English devotional miscellany.

Uniform title
  • English
  • Middle English (1100-1500)
  • Latin
[England] ; [between 1475-1500]
15 leaves : parchment ; 168 x 111 mm


Former owner
Getty AAT genre
Summary note
A compilation of English devotional treatises, including a variant version of the Wycliffite version of the treatise on the Ten Commandments, excerpts from the first chapter and the 7th chapter of a Wycliffite treatise on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, common prayers and texts in Middle English, and a prose text outlining stipulations for partaking in the Eucharist ("housell").
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Script: Bastard Anglicana.
  • Decoration: blue 3- or 2-line initials with red flourishes; alternating blue and red paraph marks.
Binding note
England, 18th century; brown calf over pasteboard; blind-tooled with an acorn in the four corners; gold stamped along edges; rebacked; four sewing stations.
Language note
Text in Middle English and Latin.
  • fol. 1r-5r. "Alle maner men shulden holden goddes biddynges, for withoutten holding of hem may no man be saued ..."
  • fol. 5r-6r. "De septem operibus misericordie corporalibus ..."
  • fol. 7r-7r. "Pater noster qui es in celis et cetera ..."
  • fol. 7v-9v. "Also we commaunde you on goddis bihalue and under peyne of cursyng...."
Garrett Ms. 144 was written in the third quarter of the 15th century, but is otherwise of unknown origin. It was owned in the 16th century by William Hart, son of Thomas Hart of Gloucester. The next attested owner of the manuscript was William Bromley (1664-1732), of Baginton, Warwickshire, whose armorial bookplate is on the front pastedown. The manuscripts were auctioned at a London sale beginning on 8 May 1903. The London antiquarian bookseller Bernard Quaritch purchased the manuscript at this sale and in September of that year sold it to Robert Garrett, Class of 1897, of Baltimore, Maryland. Garrett deposited the manuscript (deposit no. 969) in the Princeton University Library--his gift to the Library in 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift; of Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 334-336
Cite as
Garrett MS. 144, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Robert Garrett Collection
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