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Middle English treatises
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Extent and format
Paper; ff. viii + 126.
Large octavo.
Contemporary stamped leather binding, brown (probably Canterbury; similar to MSS/0047, cf. J. B. Oldham, English Blind-Stamped Bindings (1952), 24-5, pl. xx).

Modern brown box.

Binding strip at the front from an early 13th century calendar, Jan., Feb., including Austroroberta (Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 309). Pressmark in red, 'C 11' with a cross, fols. v, 104. Many early annotations and scribblings on the flyleaves including:- 'Johannes Frodsham me tenet teste Edwardus Broster de Bosley' (Cheshire) (fol. iv verso); 'Mrs Jane Broster of Bosseley' (fol. vi); Leonard Parret (fol. vii verso); 'Thurston? alen est verus possessor huius libri' (fol. 63v). 'Cost 2£. 12s. 6d,, 19th cent., fol. iv verso; erasure (?owner's name), ibid.
Scope and content
Miscellaneous treatises: See Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 309. Contents:-

(1) Walter of Henley, Husbandry, here attributed as in BL Sloane SAL/MS/686, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 92 and Cambridge, Trinity College MS O. I. 13, to Robert Grosseteste, together with the treatise (abridged from Palladius) on the planting and grafting of trees. Followed, fols. 19-20, by directions for sowing cabbage, preparation of madder and ginger. The present MS is a copy of the revision, in English translation, of Walter of Henley's treatise and belongs to Group B VI of the source described by D. Oschinsky, Walter of Henley (1971), 129-30 (see the Preface for SAL/MSS/287, 282). The English version was printed (STC 25007) by W. de Worde (c. 1510); facsimile edition in F. H. Cripps-Day, The Manor Farm (1931). See also E. Lamond, Walter of Henley's Husbandry (1890), 41-58. fols. 1-19;-

(2) 'ffestis Ryalle' (explicit, fol. 34v). Details of royal and other banquets beginning with Henry IV and including the installation of George Neville, Archbishop of York, 1465. Printed by B. Pynson (c. 1500); the unique copy, STC 3297, at Longleat, is to be reprinted in facsimile; another MS copy at Holkham. fols. 20v-34v;-

(3) Treatises on cookery, including the Kalender of Cookry, fols. 34v-40, the Makynge, fols. 40v-99, followed by miscellaneous recipes, including, fol. 103, a cure for toothache (a later addition, dated Cadiz, 29 Apr. 1548). Mostly printed by R. Pynson (c. 1500), with (2) above. fols. 34v-103;-

(4) 'Keruynge and s(er)uis' (rubric, fol. 104; longer title, fol. 105). Close to the text printed by W. de Worde (1508); STC 3289.

Edited for the Roxburghe Club (1867); see also EETS, 32 (1868), 265-86. fols. 104-26v.
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