BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 228 Portugal [?], ca. 1465
Dives and Pauper, etc.
1. ff. 1r-199r [Heading:] Primum preceptum. [text:] Off holy pouert
Capitulum primum. Diues et pauper obuiauerunt sibi utriusque dominator
est dominus prouerb. xxij^^o. Thise ben the wordis off Salamon thus mych
to sey en englissh...in the kynges courte of heuen the wych blysse he
bryng us that for us died on the crosse. Amen. [added by Scribe 2:] Deo
gracias et sue Matri marie amen. 1465 Sancta katherina in lixboa/ 12 [a
later addition:] and per bith writyn w^^t the calander ii^^c x lebir.
For a modern critical edition see P. H. Barnum, ed., Dives and
Pauper in EETS 275 and 280 (Oxford, 1976 and 1980) v. 1, parts 1 and 2
(part 2 has plate of f. 199r facing p. 325); v. 3 forthcoming. Barnum
attributes Beinecke MS 228 to Group B (op. cit., pp. xii-xiv); we thank
her for advice concerning the manuscript.
2. f. 199v Business accounts for "blew medley" in English, in
tabular format [later addition].
Paper (watermarks: unidentified flower similar in design to
Briquet Fleur 6654-56), ff. i (parchment stub) + iii (paper) + 199 + i
(paper) + i (parchment stub), 298 x 209 (214 x 146) mm. Written in ca.
40 long lines; lightly frame-ruled in ink; prickings in corners of
I-XII^^16, XIII^^7 (structure uncertain; two leaves detached, 8
stubs). Remains of signatures and catchwords along lower edge near
Text written in sprawling English secretary by two scribes, who
added notes to mark sections in the margins.
Several crude initials and line-fillers in red and brown.
References to and quotations from the Bible, as well as running
headings and marginalia, underlined in red.
Water stains on many folios at front and back, not affecting text.
Binding: s. xvii. Red spattered edges. Brown spattered calf,
Written, presumably in Portugal, by a scribe trained in England;
the note on f. 199r indicates that it belonged to the monastery of St.
Catharine in Lisbon in 1465. The business accounts on f. 199v suggest
that it was owned by a cloth dealer, possibly an English merchant
trading with Portugal. Belonged to Philip Emily [or Smily?]; his
signature and the date "July 4 1614" on f. 1r, smeared and struck out.
The gift of Humfrey Barbour to Edward Rowden (note of s. xvii-xviii on
f. ii recto: "Edw. Rowdon. his booke being the guift of Humfrey Barbour
Cle.") Signature (s. xix) of William Brydges, Esquire, on front
parchment stub. Sold by Maggs to C. A. Stonehill, from whom it was acquired
in 1954 for the Albert H. Childs Memorial Collection.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 43, no. 228.
"Eight Medieval Manuscripts," Gazette 29 (1955) pp. 108, 112.
Barbara A. Shailor