Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library
Bibliography for Harvard University, Houghton Library,
MS Eng 530
This bibliography was compiled by Justin Stover, Joshua O’Driscoll, Johanna Rodda and William Stoneman.
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HOLLIS Record (Link)
F.N. Robinson. “On Two Manuscript’s of Lydgate’s Guy of Warwick,” Harvard Studies and Notes in Philology and Literature 5 (1899), pp. 177–213.
Henry N. MacCracken, ed.. The Minor Poems of John Lydgate. London: Oxford University Press, 1911 (reprint 1961). MS cited p. xii, no. 12.
Briefly mentioned as “Harvard MS. AR 5” in a list establishing the canon of John Lydgate’s poetry; the author does not fully support its inclusion. HOLLIS
Seymour de Ricci, with the assistance of W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1935-1940. (Reprint 1961). MS cited pp. 966-967.
A listing of the manuscript’s contents with folio numbers. Also, an additional note on provenance. HOLLIS
Walter F. Schirmer. John Lydgate: A Study in the Culture of the XVth Century, trans. by Ann E. Keep. London: Methuen, 1961. MS cited p. 82, n. 1.
Mentioned briefly in a footnote as “Harvard MS. AR 5.” The author refers to MacCracken (1911), and provides an excerpt from the text. HOLLIS
A. I. Doyle. “More Light on John Shirley,” Medium Ævum, 30 (1961), 93-101.
W.H. Bond and C.U. Faye. Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1962. MS cited p. 223.
A brief note, drawing on A. I. Doyle, that questions the attribution of John Shirley as the scribe. HOLLIS
Lister M. Matheson. “The Middle English Prose Brut: A Location List of the Manuscripts and Early Printed Editions. Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography 3 (1979): 254-267. MS cited p. 258. HOLLIS
Gives a brief description of the manuscript history of the prose Brut and a list of manuscripts that contain the text.
Linda Ehrsam Voigts, “A Handlist of Middle English in Harvard Manuscripts,” Harvard Library Bulletin 33.1 (1985), pp. 1–96. MS cited pp. 17-22.
An extensive description of the manuscript, providing excerpts of the text. Available online (Link). HOLLIS
R.E. Lewis, N.F. Blake, and A.S.G. Edwards, Index of Printed Middle English Prose. New York; London: Garland, 1985. MS cited nos. 136.7, 290, 374, 835.
Briefly cited as a source for various texts. HOLLIS
Julia Boffey and John Thompson, “Anthologies and Miscellanies: Production and Choice of Texts,” in Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475, eds. Jeremy Griffiths and Derek Pearsall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989. MS cited p. 307, n. 51.
A brief citation of the manuscript mentioning the erroneous attribution to Shirley. HOLLIS
Margaret Connolly. John Shirley: Book Production and the Noble Household in Fifteenth-Century England. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998. MS cited pp. 8, 172-173.
Discusses the manuscript with respect to the role of John Shirley. Though dismissing the possibility of Shirley as one of the manuscript’s scribes, Connolly argues that some of the texts were copied from Shirley exemplars. HOLLIS
Lister M. Matheson, The Prose Brut: The Development of a Middle English Chronicle. Tempe, Arizona: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1998. MS cited pp. xxix, 71, 74, 157, 164, 165, 166n, 257-259.
A description of the manuscript and its text, providing incipit, explicit and colophon. HOLLIS
Maura B. Nolan, “The Art of History Writing: Lydgate’s Serpent of Division,” Speculum 78 (2003), pp. 99–127. MS cited p. 99 n. 3, p. 106 n. 16.
Briefly cited as a source for Lydgate’s Serpent of Division. HOLLIS
Julia Boffey and A.S.G. Edwards, A New Index of Middle English Verse. London: British Library, 2005. MS cited nos. 875/6, 1934/45, 2039.3/47, 2714/12, 3558.5/55, 3918.5/39, 4186.5/2.
Cited as a source for various pieces of verse. HOLLIS
William P. Stoneman, Of Current Interest: Recent Research on Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Houghton Library. Cambridge: Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library, 2006. MS cited no. 1.
A brief description that provides bibliography and a list of the manuscript’s contents. HOLLIS
Digital Scriptorium. Columbia University Libraries. (Online) Accessed 19 February 2010. Internet Link
A searchable database of manuscripts from various collections. Search or browse under shelfmark MS Eng. Contains a basic description of the physical layout and contents of the manuscript. Link
Amy Appleford and Nicholas Watson, “Merchant Religion in Fifteenth-Century London: The Writings of William Litchfield,” Chaucer Review 46.1 & 2 (2011), 203-222. MS cited p. 217 in footnote 43.
MS cited as an acephalous example of Litchfield’s “Complaint of God.”