BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Beinecke MS 364 Flanders, 1512
Rent Book (in Flemish)
ff. 1r-42v Lists names and amount of rent due to Heere van Moorslede; heading
on f. 1r reads: "Rentebouc Ioos vander poorte heere van morslede ende
van mosscherambacht van zijnder heerlicker ende ernelicker Rente
behoorende tzijnder vierscare van morslede vallende alle Iare vp
sente maertins dach in den wintre." Additional notes in hands of s. xvi
occur on ff. i recto, 42r-v, final flyleaf recto, and occasionally in text.
Parchment (quality irregular but usually poor), ff. i (paper) +
42 + i (paper, conjugate with front flyleaf), 215 x 145 (ca. 140 x
ca. 85) mm. Ruled in ink [?], single vertical bounding lines full
length or no ruling.
I-IV^^8, V^^12 (-11, 12). Quires signed on recto, lower margin, in
Text written by one hand in small, even gothic cursive.
Binding: s. xvi-xvii [?]. Original sewing tacketed through two
thick, rectangular pieces of leather on the outside of a vellum wrapper.
Written on front cover, in bold gothic textura: "Rente bouc om den heere
Completed and signed 1 July 1512, presumably for Heere van Moorslede,
at Moorslede (ca. seven kilometers southwest of Roeselare in
Belgian West Flanders). According to P. E. Webber the dialect and
orthography of the text are typical of Flemish, and in particular
West Flemish, texts, and the script, while less strikingly
localized, is nevertheless one commonly used for such texts in
that area and at that period. Purchased from Elwert in 1965 by
the Yale Library Associates for the Beinecke Library.
Barbara A. Shailor