Siege of Thebes
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- Siege of Thebes
- Lydgate, John, 1370?-1451?, creator
Lydgate, John, 1370?-1451?
- Published / Created
- between 1425 and 1450
- Publication Place
- England (London?)
A.I. Doyle, Book Production by the Monastic Orders in England (c. 1375-1530): Assessing the Evidence, in Medieval Book Production: Assessing the Evidence, ed. by L. L. Brownrigg. Proceedings of the Second Conference of The Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford, July 1988 (Los Altos Hills, 1990), pp. 1-19. A.S.G. Edwards, Beinecke MS 661 and Early Fifteenth-Century English Manuscript Production, in Beinecke Studies in Early Manuscripts = Gazette, 66 (1991), Supplement, pp. 181-196.
Binding: Nineteenth-century by Edward Parry. White parchment over pasteboard. On the gold-tooled spine two bordeaux leather labels with gold-tooled inscriptions: DESTRUCTION / OF / THEBES / BY/ LYDGATE and MANUSCRIPT.
Blanks not digitized.
Manuscript on parchment of John Lydgate (1375?-1449?), Siege of Thebes. Copied by one hand in Gothica Cursiva Antiquior Libraria/Formata (Anglicana). The scribe has been identified as being Stephen Doddesham, a Carthusian monk, first in Witham Priory, afterwards in the Charterhouse at Sheen, near London, d. 1481/1482.
Red headings and running titles. The latter are preceded by alternately blue paragraph-marks with red penwork and golden paragraph-marks with blue penwork. 6-line foliate initials in pale blue and pink with left-margin floral borders extending into the upper and lower margins, at the beginning of Parts II and III (ff. 13v and 33v); the same type of initial with similar but four-margins border at the opening of the Prologue (f. 1r). There were only two 3-line dentelle initials with short marginal extensions, namely on f. 20v (now cut out, v. 1569, speech of Adrastus) and 25r (v. 1901, speech of Tideus).
Sotheby sale, 13 July 1920, lot 77 (not sold). Sotheby sale, 24 Oct. 1974, lot 1481. Collection of John Wolfson, New York. Catalogue Bernard Quaritch, no. 1054, lot 114. H.P. Kraus, New York. Purchased on the Edwin J. Beinecke Fund.
- ff. i + 61 + i : parchment ; 270 x 175 mm.
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been completely digitized.
English, Middle (1100-1500)
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- Beinecke MS 661
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- mixed material
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Geographic)
- Thebes (Greece)
- Subject (Name)
Lydgate, John, 1370?-1451?
- Subject (Topic)
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven
Narrative poetry, English (Middle)
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