Collection ID: 0001 | Metadata type: TEI
LJS 61 Register of writs
TitleRegister of writs
Other related names
- Nevill, Robert, 1404-1457 (former owner)
- Babthorpe, William (former owner)
- Fowle, Nicolas (former owner)
- Thomson, Thomas (former owner)
- Clarke, Adam, ca. 1762-1832 (former owner)
- Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872 (former owner)
- Schoenberg, Lawrence J (former owner)
Call numberLJS 61
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4952379
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageLatin, Middle French, and some words in Middle English (f. 214v)
London, ca. 1407, 1427
Register of writs from regnal year 13 of Richard II (1390) to regnal year 8 of Henry IV (1407). Subjects of writs include lands and manors held by various men from the King; instructions to the King's bailiffs; tenancies and inheritances; and ecclesiastical holdings and prebendaries. The register is preceded by an alphabetical index covering more than half the register (f. 1r-151v) and followed by a subject index covering the remainder of the register (f. 152v-204r). 6 writs from the reign of Mary I were added in the 16th century on blank pages before the second index (f. 204v-205v). Following the second index are three menus, written in a mix of Middle French, Middle English, and Latin, for dinners probably given at Oxford and London in 1427 and 1428. One was for the commencement of Robert Nevill, another for Robert or Richard Babthorpe, and the third for unspecified sargeants.
Extent231 leaves : 256 x 174 (210 x 131) mm. bound to 272 x 190 mm
FoliationParchment, 231 + i (paper); [i-xvi, 1-4], 5- 27, [i], 28-30, 30-75, 78-151, 151-214; near-contemporary foliation in ink, lower right recto. Contemporary foliation in ink in the upper center margin that starts over again (f. 152) suggests that this manuscript was originally divided into 2 volumes. Modern pagination in pencil, somewhat irregular, lower right recto. References in this record refer to the near-contemporary foliation.
BindingLate 15th-century calf over wooden boards with remains of 2 metal clasps but no catches; blind-tooled.
LayoutWritten in 37-48 long lines; vertical bounding-lines ruled in faint ink.
Spaces left for initials at beginnings of sections (f. 1r, 97r, 152r); occasional manicules (for example, f. 9r, 126v); small drawing of crown (f. 161r).
ScriptWritten in Gothic cursive script.
- Possibly first owned by Robert Nevill, Bishop of Salisbury, or William Babthorpe; later owned by Nicolas Fowle (15th-century, effaced inscriptions, f. 151v, 214v), Thomas Thomson (late 15th-/early 16th-century inscriptions, f. 151v, 214r), and Adam Clarke (probably his spine label LXXXVIII).
- Probably sold at auction at Sotheby's as part of the Clarke library, 21 May 1838.
- Sold by Baynes and Co. to Sir Thomas Phillipps (ms. 10349, f. i recto).
- Offered but not sold at auction at Sotheby's, 5 June 1899, lot 32.
- Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 1 May 1903, lot 957, and at Christie's, 26 June 1996, lot 16.
- Sold by Sam Fogg (London) to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, June 1996.
- Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2010.
- Writs--England--Early works to 1800
- Courts--England--Early works to 1800
- Judicial records
- Manuscripts, Latin--15th century
- Manuscripts, Latin--16th century
- Manuscripts, Medieval
- Manuscripts, Renaissance
Table of contents
- Inside front cover — Bookplate, Inside front cover
- fol. 9r — Manicule, f. 9r
- fol. 16v — Decorated catchword, f. 16v
- fol. 88v — Decorated catchword, f. 88v
- fol. 104v — Decorated catchword, f. 104v
- fol. 120v — Decorated catchword, f. 120v
- fol. 126v — Manicule, f. 126v
- fol. 128v — Decorated catchword, f. 128v
- fol. 136v — Decorated catchword, f. 136v
- fol. 144v — Decorated catchword, f. 144v
- fol. 151v — Owner signature, f. 151v
Inside front cover
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Decoration: Bookplate, Inside front cover
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Section: Writs of the reign of Richard II, f. 1r
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Decoration: Manicule, f. 9r
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Decoration: Decorated catchword, f. 16v
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Decoration: Decorated catchword, f. 88v
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Section: Writs of the reign of Henry IV, f. 97r
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Decoration: Decorated catchword, f. 104v
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Decoration: Decorated catchword, f. 120v
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Decoration: Manicule, f. 126v
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Decoration: Decorated catchword, f. 128v
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Decoration: Decorated catchword, f. 136v
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Decoration: Decorated catchword, f. 144v
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Decoration: Owner signature, f. 151v