BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 101 England, s. XV^^med
Edward, Duke of York, Master of Game
ff. 2r-51v //which mygt him most auayle. Now schal y preue þe
how an hunter...common strakyng as is aboue deuysed and seide, etc.
W. A. and F. Baillie-Grohman, eds., The Master of Game by Edward,
Second Duke of York (London, 1904); for a modernized edition of the
Prologue, see J. McDonald, The Origins of Angling (New York, 1963)
Appendix A, pp. 251-58. A table of contents (s. xviii) precedes the
text on f. i recto.
Parchment, ff. ii (paper) + i (contemporary parchment) + 50
(foliated 2-51) + i (contemporary parchment) + ii (paper), 268 x 180
(190 x 126) mm. Written in 34 long lines; single vertical and double
horizontal bounding lines, full across. Ruled in ink; prickings in all
margins, except inner.
I^^8 (-1,2), II-VI^^8, VII^^4. Catchwords in lower margin, verso;
remains of leaf signatures (e.g., iij, iiij, etc.) in red, recto.
Written by a single scribe in a careful English secretary script.
Gold initials, 3-line, on blue and dark pink grounds with white
highlights mark text divisions. Headings and marginal chapter
references, in red, throughout.
Binding: s. xviii. Brown skin, flesh side out, blind-tooled, over
paper boards. Front cover detached.
Written in England ca. 1460, according to K. Scott; belonged to
John Berners (s. xv/xvi). Inscriptions on f. iii recto concerning John
Berners are not in his own hand, but are presumably those of the person
who had the volume bound in the 18th century and who made a copy of
what was written on the old "cover" (a parchment wrapper?). The
inscriptions include: "Iste liber dico, constat homini Generoso/ Si
quis queratur, John Berners nominatur" and "Iste liber constat Johanni
Nomine Barners/ Qui contradicit, Rusticus est, et Erit." (Another note
on Dame Juliana Berners apparently led some later owner to have the
binding stamped "Julian Bernes [sic] On Hunting etc. M. S. S."). On f.
5r the signature of J. Lovell (s. xviii); a note by T. Martin
(subsequent owner) on f. i recto states "He [J. Lovell] was the last of
that Antient [sic] Family in Norf. and dyd at New Buckenham." From the
collection of Thomas Martin (1697-1771), antiquary of Palgrave,
Suffolk; his signature inside front cover, with shelfmark "B. 2. 15".
Inscription of the London bookseller Thomas Payne, July 19 1770 (f. i
recto). Bookplate of Christopher Jeaffreson, Esquire, Dullingham House.
Purchased from Bowes and Bowes of Cambridge, England, in 1940 by the
Pierpont Morgan Library; according to an undated note in library files
David Wagstaff (bookplate) "traded a manuscript of Ovid for it [with
the Pierpont Morgan Library]." Presented to Yale by Mr. and Mrs. David
Wagstaff in 1944.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 29, no. 101.
Barbara A. Shailor