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SCRIBE D=JOHN MARCHAUNT
THE HAMMOND SCRIBE
THE “HOOKED-g” SCRIBES
THE PETWORTH SCRIBE
THE BERYN SCRIBE
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A Digital Catalogue of the
Pre-1500 Manuscripts and Incunables of the
Canterbury Tales
Second Edition
MANUSCRIPT:  Ox2
Location:  PhiladelphiaRosenbach Museum and Library Rosenbach 1084/2
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MANUSCRIPT CONTENTS:
An 11-folio fragment (DIMEV 6414):
I 4246-4372 of the Reeve’s Tale (DIMEV 6414), Cook’s Prologue (L3; DIMEV 5238), and Cook’s Tale (DIMEV 145)
II 95-140; 211-350; 1051-1120 of the Introduction (DIMEV 4315) and Prologue to the Man of Law’s Tale (DIMEV 3929) and the Man of Law’s Tale (DIMEV 2587)
V 57-132 of the Squire’s Tale (DIMEV 725)
VIII 1091-1167 of the Canon’s Yeoman’sTale (DIMEV 6753)
VII 846-922 of the Tale of Thopas (DIMEV 3907) and the Thopas-Melibee Link (L28; DIMEV 3700)
X 256-297; 1043-1073 of the Parson’s Tale

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Materials:  
Parchment.
Page Size:  
30 x 20 mm. A bifolium measures 39.5 x 30 mm.
Collation:
The first leaf is a singleton; the second two are a bifolium (sewing stations suggest four cords); the third, a badly-stained singleton (MLT); the fourth, a bifolium, folded backwards, with a catchword on the verso of the first half; the fifth, a bifolium; the sixth, a singleton, with a catchword: “in his delite”; the seventh, a badly-stained singleton; the eighth, another singleton:
[8]8 (–3.6, 4)
[10]8 (–1.8, 2.7, 4.5)
+two singletons
Format:
Written space is 21.2 x 13.1 mm. Ruled in red ink, double ruled at top and bottom.
Hand(s):
Identified by Mosser and Mooney as the Beryn Scribe. Primarily an anglicana with some secretary features. Double-compartment a, circular e, long r with z-shaped r following round letter forms. The g graph is tailed, with an angular lobe. Body height approximately 2-3 mm. The display script is a flourished, hybrid anglicana, rubricated. Body height 2-3 mm. Brown ink.
Decoration:
Tale openings are decorated with ¾ borders, consisting of a gold bar “shadowed” in blue with white highlights on the upper half, and a brownish-red with brown highlights on the lower half. Green trefoils with gold balls, sprays, and blooms of varying shapes. 6-line initials marking tale openings are blue and green, with white highlights, on a gold field.
The Rosenbach fragment has yellow tinted, brown ink miniatures of the Cook (see also Anderson, p. 4 for a facsimile) and the Man of Law (see also Anderson, frontispiece for a color facsimile). The portraits occur within the text frame, and are themselves framed by rectangular bar borders of gold, which are in turn bordered on the inner side by russet (see Scott 1996, 2:141, 145, 267; Manly-Rickert 1:590-593).
Binding:
Housed in a red leather slipcase and black linen-covered folder. Leaves are loose, wrapped in an outer sleeve of mylar protected individually by glassine.

HISTORY:
Date:
s. XVmid
Language: 
Probably East Anglian and certainly influenced by the language of the b tradition, e.g.: ewil for EVIL; owir for OVER; Awisith for AVISETH; yewe for YOU; newir for NEVER; sawid for SAVED; þov for THOU; ouyr OVER; doith DOES; awysid AVISED (see the Beryn Scribe article).
Provenance:
In the Manly Microfilm, there is an entry from the sale catalogue of “The Property of a Grandson of the Sixth Earl of Oxford,” no. 256, followed by a note from Quaritch, dated “24 July 1896,” addressed to “W.A.White”: “Dear Sir, I have bought the Chaucer MS. leaves (for which you gave me a commission of £40) for £56. As you have the first right to an offer, I will let you have them for £61 should you decide to take them, and I reserve them till your reply. You are so excellently business-like, that I never hardly[?] ask you to let me know promptly. The age of the leaves is not “fourteenth century” but about 1400-1410. The two pictures are only tinted designs, not coloured miniatures. In fact they resemble the work of a limner, rather than a book-miniaturist. Yours faithfully, Bernard Quaritch.” Acquired by Rosenbach in 1923. This fragment of eleven folios derives from the same MS as Ox¹.

References:
Anderson, David, ed. Sixty Bokes Olde and Newe. Knoxville: New Chaucer Society, n.d. 3-5. [color facsimile of the Man of Law’s portrait and black and white facsimile of the Cook’s portrait]
Manly, John M., and Edith Rickert, eds. The Text of the Canterbury Tales: Studied on the Basis of All Known Manuscripts. 8 vols. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1940. 1:369-98; 590-3.
McCormick, Sir William and Janet E. Heseltine. The Manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: A Critical Description of Their Contents. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933. 550-1.
Mosser, Daniel W. and Linne R. Mooney. “More Manuscripts by the Beryn Scribe and His Cohort.” Chaucer Review 49 (2014): 39-76. 
Owen, Charles A., Jr. The Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1991. 58
Scott, Kathleen L. Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490. 2 vols. Volume Six of A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles. Ed. J. J. G. Alexander. London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 1996. 2:141, 145, 267.
Seymour, Michael C. A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts. Volume II, The Canterbury Tales. Aldershot and Brookfield: Scolar Press, 1997. 251-3.
Vine, Guthrie. “The Miller’s Tale.” John Rylands Library Bulletin. 17 (1933): 333-47. [facsimiles of all four folios of Rylands MS 63]