Prose Brut.

Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[England] ; [between 1425 and 1488]
ii, 160 leaves : parchment ; 292 x 202 mm


Former owner
Getty AAT genre
  • 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 note
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.
Language note
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.
Source acquisition
Gift; of Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 348-350
Cite as
Garrett MS. 150, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Other title(s)
Robert Garrett Collection
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