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Detailed record for Additional 60577

ff. i verso-57 
Author Francesco Petrarca, John Lydgate, and others
Title Miscellany, including an excerpt from a Latin herbal, excerpt from a Latin lapidary, Secretum, poem addressed to William Waynflete, Secrees off Old Philosoffres, The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, Thoroughfare of Woe, Esto memor mortis, The ABC of Aristotle, and other texts
 
ff. 57v-62v 
Title Miscellany, including a poem on the wickedness of the world, series of verse proverbs, text on catarrh, and other texts
 
ff. 63-189v 
Author Edmund of Abingdon, Wlalter Hilton, and others
Title Miscellany, including Omnipotentem semper adorant, Lord what is this world weal, a grammatical text, prayers, St Gregory's Trental, Tyed with a Line, On days when I am called to the school, Demands of Love, the Short Charter of Christ, excerpts from Speculum ecclesiae, excerpt from Eight Chapters on Perfection, the form of a confession, The Twelve Degrees of Mekenes, and other texts
 
ff. 190-ii 
Author John White and others
Title Miscellany, including sheet music, a sermon, medical recipes, and other texts
 
Origin England (Winchester)
Date c. 1487
Language Middle English, Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large red pen-flourished initial (f. 8). Decorative scrolls: on f. 9v, in red, around 'Incipit liber primus' at the bottom of the page; on f. 24, in black, around the colophon 'ffinis' at the bottom of the page. Foliate decoration on some ascenders and descenders (e.g. ff. 18, 18v, 21, etc.). Red ink used throughout for some large (2- or 3-line) initials, rubrics, titles, headings, the first lines of stanzas (e.g. ff. 24v-37v), Latin quotations, paraph marks, and some capitals. Some blue highlighting of initials at the beginning of lines (e.g. ff. 33-35). A large number of spaces have been left, with guide letters, for large capitals that have not been added.
Dimensions in mm 210/215 x 135 (160 x 90)
Official foliation Foliation: ff. ii + 225 + 131* (ff. i and ii are the front and back parchment pastedowns, respectively; f. 131* is a torn paper leaf following f. 131, of which only a fragment remains)
Collation Mostly in quires of 10: i8 (ff. i-7), ii-v10 (ff. 8-47), vi10-1 (ff. 48-56), vii6 (ff. 57-62), viii10-2 (ff. 63-70), ix-xii10 (ff. 71-110), xiii10-1 (ff. 111-19), xiv-xix10 (ff. 120-78), xx-xxi10-1 (ff. 179-96), xxii-xxiii10 (ff. 197-216), xxiv10-3 (ff. 217-23), xxv5-2 (ff. 217-25).
Form Parchment and paper codex
Binding Pre-1600.
Provenance An unnamed monk at St Swithun's Priory, Winchester, 1487: inscription by the main scribe (f. i verso): 'Omnibus apertum fiat fiat quoque certum Sancti cenobij veteris me esse swythuni'; colophon (f. 107v): 'Here endythe že demaundes off loue. Mo. CCCCo lxxxo vijo'.
?John Brinstan, 16th cent.: sold the manuscript to John Buriton (see below).
John Buriton, monk of St Swithun's, Winchester, early 16th cent.: inscription (f. ii): 'Iohannes Bury[ton] Monacus sancti Swithuuni y bowthe hym of brynstane coste me 3s 4d Erytike otherwyse callyd whythere postata I pray God he may repent and recant' (see Wilson and Fenlon 1981, pp. 10-11).
Thomas Dackomb (b. 1496, d. c. 1572), petty canon of Winchester Cathedral (see Wilson and Fenlon 1981, p. 12), 1549: inscriptions: 'Liber de thome dak[faded]' (f. 1r), 'Liber dominj Thomas dakcomb precium xxd' (f. 2), 'per me dominum Thomam dakcomb Ao d 1549'.
William Wey, lay singing-man at Winchester Cathedral, fl. 1559 (see Wilson and Fenlon 1981, pp. 12-13): inscribed with his name: ff. 57, 222v, 224v ('God haue mercy on the sowle of william wey'), f. 225 ('God haue mercy on the sowle of william wey'), f. 225v ('God haue mercy on the sowle of william wey Amen say ye'); inscriptions: f. 223 ('God haue mersie of my sowle'), f. 223v ('god haue mercy').
Henry Bauy, late 16th cent.: inscribed with his name (f. 86v).
Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., 1979: purchased from a resident of the North Riding in Yorkshire (see Wilson and Fenlon 1981) in a sale at Sotheby's, 19 June 1979 (see Sotheby's Catalogue 1979).
Acquired from Quaritch by the British Library in 1979.
Notes Miscellany of verse and prose (the 'Winchester Anthology'): including Francesco Petrarca, Secretum; John Lydgate and Benedict Burgh, Secrees off Old Philosoffres; the Dicta philosophorum, translated by Anthony Woodville; excerpts from Edmund of Abingdon, Speculum ecclesiae; a sermon by John White; sheet music; and many other texts. For a full list of contents, see Wilson and Fenlon 1981.
Select bibliography Sotheby's, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 19 June 1979, pp. 52-60 (lot 57) [auction sale catalogue].

Edward Wilson, 'Some New Texts of Early Tudor Songs', Notes and Queries, new series, 27 (1980), 293-95.

Edward Wilson, 'A Newly Identified Middle English Translation from Petrarch', Notes and Queries, new series, 27 (1980), 500.

Michael Benskin, 'A Linguistic Atlas for Late Mediaeval English', Mediaeval English Studies Newsletter, 4 (1981), 5-13 (p. 12).

Judith Blezzard, 'A New Source of Tudor Secular Music', The Musical Times, 122 (1981), 532-35.

Iain Fenlon, 'Instrumental Music, Songs and Verse from Sixteenth-Century Winchester: British Library Additional MS 60577', in Music in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Patronage, Sources and Texts, ed. by Iain Fenlon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981), pp. 93-116.

Vincent A. Gillespie, 'The Literary Form of the Middle English Pastoral Manual, With Particular Reference to the Speculum Christiani and Some Related Texts' (unpublished doctoral thesis, Oxford University, 1981), chapters 2 and 3.

The Winchester Anthology: A Facsimile of British Library Additional Manuscript 60577, ed. by Edward Wilson and Iain Fenlon (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1981) [facsimile].

Edward Wilson, 'An Unrecorded Middle English Version of Petrarch's "Secretum": A Preliminary Report', Italia Medioevale e Umanistica, 25 (1982), 389-90.

Edward Wilson, 'A Newly Identified Middle English Lyric in "The Winchester Anthology"', Notes and Queries, new series, 30 (1983), 389.

Edward Wilson, 'A Poem Presented to William Waynflete as Bishop of Winchester', in Middle English Studies Presented to Norman Davis in Honour of his Seventieth Birthday, ed. by Douglas Grey and E. G. Stanley (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), pp. 127-51.

William A. Ringler, Jr., Bibliography and Index of English Verse in Manuscript 1501-1558 (London: Mansell, 1992), nos. TM 16, 28, 157, 189, 255, 312, 328, 358, 438, 463, 478, 538, 596, 632, 672, 703, 727, 753, 845, 873, 890, 899, 903, 944, 980, 988, 1190, 1232, 1237, 1288, 1292, 1357, 1369, 1373, 1438, 1456, 1493, 1567, 1568, 1576, 1767, 1781, 1807, 1832, 1874, 1876, 1916, 1984, 1999, 2030.

The British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, New Series, 1976-1980, 2 vols (London: The British Library, 1995), I, p. 155.

Edward Wilson, 'A Middle English Verse Sermon in the Winchester Anthology', Notes and Queries, new series, 46 (1999), 17-20.

Edward Wilson, 'A Newly Identified Copy of The ABC of Aristotle in the "Winchester Anthology"', Notes and Queries, new series, 47 (2000), 296.

Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards, A New Index of Middle English Verse (London: British Library, 2005), nos. 11.55, 906, 935, 1825, 1872, 1875.55, 1982, 2627, 2676, 2825.55, 3122, 3436, 3793, 3985, 4184, 4215.

Derek Pearsall, 'The Whole Book: Late Medieval English Manuscript Miscellanies and their Modern Interpreters', in Imagining the Book, ed. by Stephen Kelly and John J. Thompson, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe, 7 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005), pp. 17-29 (p. 23).

Lawrence Warner, 'An Overlooked Piers Plowman Excerpt and the Oral Circulation of Non-Reformist Prophecy c. 1520-44', Yearbook of Langland Studies, 21 (2007), 119-42 [passim].


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ff. i verso-57
Francesco Petrarca, John Lydgate, and others Miscellany, including an excerpt from a Latin herbal, excerpt from a Latin lapidary, Secretum, poem addressed to William Waynflete, Secrees off Old Philosoffres, The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, Thoroughfare of Woe, Esto memor mortis, The ABC of Aristotle, and other texts
* * *
 
Front pastedown

f. i verso
Front pastedown
Text page

f. 1
Text page
Pen-flourished initial

f. 8
Pen-flourished initial
 
Poem addressed to William Waynflete

f. 22v
Poem addressed to William Waynflete
Latin proverbs; 'Lyke as women have facis'

f. 45v
Latin proverbs; 'Lyke as women have facis'
Text on a comet; 'Remember that there be in hell'

f. 51v
Text on a comet; 'Remember that there be in hell'
 
Texts on the transitory world

f. 53
Texts on the transitory world
The transitory world

f. 53v
The transitory world
Middle English sermon

f. 54
Middle English sermon
 

ff. 57v-62v
Miscellany, including a poem on the wickedness of the world, series of verse proverbs, text on catarrh, and other texts
* * *
 
'In ever same maden'; 'Complayne we maye'

f. 57v
'In ever same maden'; 'Complayne we maye'
Alphabetical proverbs

f. 59
Alphabetical proverbs

ff. 63-189v
Edmund of Abingdon, Wlalter Hilton, and others Miscellany, including Omnipotentem semper adorant, Lord what is this world weal, a grammatical text, prayers, St Gregory's Trental, Tyed with a Line, On days when I am called to the school, Demands of Love, the Short Charter of Christ, excerpts from Speculum ecclesiae, excerpt from Eight Chapters on Perfection, the form of a confession, The Twelve Degrees of Mekenes, and other texts
* * *
 
'Hyghe and almyghty creator'

f. 64v
'Hyghe and almyghty creator'
'Hyghe and almyghty creator'

f. 65
'Hyghe and almyghty creator'
Vulgaria

f. 75v
Vulgaria
 
Vulgaria

f. 76
Vulgaria
Vulgaria

f. 76v
Vulgaria
Text on the six holy thoughts; Middle English verse

f. 91v
Text on the six holy thoughts; Middle English verse
 
'O splendent spectakyll'; letter by Ellis Heywood

f. 108
'O splendent spectakyll'; letter by Ellis Heywood
The 'Short Charter of Christ'; 'Behold man what thou art'

f. 115
The 'Short Charter of Christ'; 'Behold man what thou art'
'Whan I would fayne begynne'; 'A lady bright'

f. 115v
'Whan I would fayne begynne'; 'A lady bright'
 
Five Middle English poems

f. 116v
Five Middle English poems
Alphabet and prayers

f. 120
Alphabet and prayers
Texts on the ten commandments and the corporal works of mercy

f. 128v
Texts on the ten commandments and the corporal works of mercy
 

ff. 190-ii
John White and others Miscellany, including sheet music, a sermon, medical recipes, and other texts
* * *
 
Back pastedown

f. ii
Back pastedown
Sheet music

f. 190
Sheet music
Sheet music

f. 190v
Sheet music
 
'Dives and Lazarus'

f. 216
'Dives and Lazarus'
Middle English proverbs and verse

f. 219
Middle English proverbs and verse
Sheet music

f. 221
Sheet music
 
Sheet music

f. 221v
Sheet music
Sheet music

f. 222
Sheet music
Verse and proverbs

f. 223
Verse and proverbs
 

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