YALE UNIVERSITY BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND
MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MANUSCRIPTS MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
[England], [ca. 1300-1325]
In Law French.
ff. 66 : parchment ; 223 x 147 mm.
Restricted material. May not be seen without the permission of the appropriate curator.
Manuscript, on vellum, in a single hand, containing a substantial fragment of the
text of Britton, the earliest vernacular summary of the laws of England. This manuscript
contains a version of the text from Book II, c, xv, s2 through Book V, c, xvi, s2.
A catalogue of the legal manuscripts of Anthony Taussig / Sir John Baker and Anthony
Taussig. London: Selden Society, 2007.
Purchased from Anthony Taussig on the Hazel M. Osborn and the James Marshall and Marie-Louise
Osborn Funds, 2012.
Part of the Anthony Taussig Collection of English Legal Manuscripts (OSB MSS 184).
Taussig catalog number: MS 82.3.1 (number 11 in main catalog numbering).
A fuller description of the contents is found in Baker and Taussig, Catalogue (London:
2007), p 10.
Decoration: headings and paragraph marks in red or blue; some initials in red or blue.
One large initial "P" at the beginning of Book IV (f. 21v.). Model arbor consanguinitatis
on f. 46v.
Several leaves cut away (stubs not included in present collation).
Britton. Anthony Taussig Collection of Legal Manuscripts, James Marshall and Marie-Louise
Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Law -- England -- Early works to 1800.
Law -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- England -- 14th century.
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.