BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Titus and Vespasian (Middle English poem). England; early
fourteenth century. Parchment, interleaved with thick paper. 39 ff. 247
x 161 mm. ff. 1-24: 1 column, 39-42 lines; ff. 25-38: 2 columns, 50-53
I-III (12), IV (2); two flyleaves bound in at end. Catchwords on
Anglicana script. Blue capitals with red penwork. Bound in
nineteenth century, brown morocco with gilt Derby Crest.
One of the flyleaves has name Thomas Redyng in a late sixteenth
century hand. Bought from Lord Kingsborough by Lord Derby (Edward Smith
Stanley, 13th earl) in Dublin, Nov. 1, 1842. Purchased from Laurence
Witten (from Quaritch) in 1955. Bequest of James M. Osborne in 1976.
Comment: The text is incomplete, ending at line 4902 of 5166
lines. A note by R. W. Chapman (April 22, 1953) on the first flyleaf
reads, "This is the poem called "Titus and Vespasian," edited from MSS
in the B. Museum and Bodleian by J. A. Herbert 1905 for the Roxburgh
Club. Herbert evidently did not know of the Knowsley MS."
Brown, C. and R. H. Robbins. Index of Middle English Verse. New York,
1943. no. 1881
Herbert, J. A. Titus and Vespasian. Roxburgh Club, 1905.
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