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Detailed record for Royal 17 D XVIII

Author Thomas Hoccleve
Title The Regiment of Princes
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 17 puzzle initials in red and blue with red, blue and/or purple pen-flourishing and full or partial borders (ff. 2, 38, 40v, 46, 55v, 61, 64, 67, 71v, 73v, 75v, 82, 87, 89, 92, 99v, 100). Initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Paraphs in red
Dimensions in mm 270 x 185 (180 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 101 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end; ff. 1, 101 are medieval parchment flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1974.
Provenance Added two seven-line stanzas, beginning 'Mastres, your maners are hard to know', each stanza ending with the proverb 'Slyppur is to grype on whome is no holde', mid-15th century (f. 1 v).
Added couplet 'He that in yought to no vertewe himselfe applieth / In age to amende him badd costome deniethe', 15th century (f. 99v).
Added ink drawings of three human heads, 15th century (f. 58).
Inscribed names of Nicholas Wikes, John, William, Edward, Thomas, Francis, and Morice Wikes, Izabell Powyns and Marget, Katheryn, Izabell, Mary, Jane, and An Powyns, 15th century (f. 1v).
Inscribed dates of birth of Wyllyam, Alys, and Elyzabethe Unwyn, 1548-1551 (f. 3).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes The text of the treatise is divided by headings in Latin (e.g. De iusticia, De pietate, etc.).
Includes the envoy addressed to Prince John (future duke of Bedford and regent of France) (f. 100); another copy of this text is included in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Dugdale 45.
Catchwords and bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, p. 256.

D. C. Greetham, 'Challenges of Theory and Practice in Editing of Hoccleve's Regement of Princes', in Manuscripts and Texts: Editorial Problems in Later Middle English Literature: Essays from the 1985 Conference at the University of York, ed. by Derek Pearsall (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer 1987), pp. 60-94 (p. 67).

Thomas Hoccleve, The Regiment of Princes, ed. by Charles R. Blyth (Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University Press, 1999), p. 16.

Nicholas Perkins, Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes: Counsel and Constraint (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2001), pp. 78, n. 76, 171, 174, 178, n. 109.

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Marginal drawings

f. 58
Marginal drawings

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