The Manuscripts of Jan van Naaldwijk’s Chronicles of Holland,
Cotton MSS. Vitellius F. XV and Tiberius C. IV
Sjoerd Levelt (notes)
London, British Library, Cotton MSS. Vitellius F. XV and Tiberius C. IV are the autograph manuscripts of two chronicles of Holland by Jan van Naaldwijk, the son of a Dutch nobleman, written between 1513 and c. 1520. Renewed investigation of the manuscripts shows they came into the possession of Sir Robert Cotton through the hands of Emanuel van Meteren, and suggests a possible provenance. Additionally, this paper provides a description of a number of irregularities in the current state of MS. Vitellius F. XV, providing a reconstruction of its original shape; it concludes with a brief history of scholarly interest in the two manuscripts.