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The Winchester Malory. A Facsimile.


  • Author:
    Malory, Sir Thomas
  • Publisher:
    Oxford University Press for The Early English Text Society, London, 1976
  • Catalog ID:
    1307444
  • Our ref:
    1307444

Introduction by N. R. Ker Hardback. 484pp. Brown cloth with gilt to upper board and spine. Winchester College MS 13 contains 473 leaves of good quality French paper. One quire from the beginning and one from the end are lost, together with three other leaves. There are also some damaged leaves. The ms includes two variant watermarks and the ms appears to be the work of two different scribes. A remarkable feature of the original is the use of red ink for personal names and some place names. The use of red for personal names is totally consistent throughout. The Malory is a fine example of how differently two contemporary English scribes could write current book hand towards the end of the fifteenth century. One writes a plain form of the secretary hand introduced from France a century earlier, whilst the other has a hand which shifts and is harder to define but is reminiscent of anglicana as written by lawyers. In 1948 the Early English Text Society began to consider the possibility of either a diplomatic transcript or afull photographic reproduction of the Malory. This volume is the realization of that photographic reproduction. Although the facsimile is monochrome, two pages show the use of the red ink. Book in near fine condition. The front pastedown has the printed bookplate of the late Eric Gerald Stanley (1923 - 2018), who was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. This is a very large and extremely heavy book. No additional shipping costs to UK post codes. Overseas buyers please ask for a shipping quote.
  • Our price: £225.00

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