BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
THE JAMES MARSHALL AND MARIE-LOUISE OSBORN
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Edmund Spenser (1552?-99), A viewe of the present estate of
Ireland discoursed by way of a Dialogue betweene Eudorus and Irenis.
England; 1597. Paper; 38 ff. paginated 1-76; 308 x 204 mm.; 1 column;
Scribe A: I (6), II (6, -6);
Scribe B: III (2, -1), IV (2, -2), V (6, -1);
Scribe C: VI-VIII (2);
Scribe D: IX (2), X (4, -1);
Scribe E: XI (4), XII (2, -2);
Scribe F: XIII (4)
Catchwords on every page, except those by Scribe C.
Six scribes, all with similar cursive scripts. Disbound.
Belonged to Sir Henry St. George (1581-1644), Garter King of Arms,
and was acquired with the St. George Manuscripts in 1852 by Sir Thomas
Phillipps (as part of Phillipps MS. 13761).
Comments: This manuscript, a contemporary scribal copy of the
work, is not included among the fifteen recorded in the Variorum
Edition of Spenser's Prose Works. Textually, it stands between D2
(Cambridge University Library) and F (Folger Shakespeare Library), and
most probably was the manuscript from which F was copied. (See notes in
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