The Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History

Journal of the Early Book Society is a journal covering English and continental works produced from 1350 to 1550, including brief notes on manuscripts and early printed books, reviews of recent works in the field, and notes on libraries and collections, published by Pace University in New York, N.Y., for historians, teachers and librarians.

Articles from Vol. 11, Annual

A Note on the Collation of BL MS Add. 37492 (the Fillingham Manuscript)
The most recent edition of a text from the Fillingham manuscript, Richard Firth Green's re-edition of its unique copy of the poem The Eremyte and the Owtelawe, includes a short paragraph on the manuscript. (1) It is described as "an undistinguished...
Authorship, Patronage, and Literary Gifts: The Books Froissart Brought to England in 1395
I BnF fr. MS 831: Evidence of Its Ownership One of the best-known references to medieval book circulation is Froissart's description in his Chronicles of his presentation of a volume of his poems to Richard II in 1395: et voult veoir le roy...
Corrigenda for JEBS 10
Hilmo, Maidie. "'The Clerk's Unscholarly Bow': Seeing and Reading Chaucer's Clerk from the Ellesmere MS to Caxton." Journal of the Early Book Society 10 (2007): 71-105. Dates for the Ellesmere MS are incorrectly cited as "c. 1500-1510" in captions...
Dating Manuscripts: What Is at Stake in the Steps Usually (but Infrequently) Taken
All scholars who work with manuscripts must confront the question of their dating. But in most cases, this is a preliminary operation that is tackled when the stage is being set. Once dealt with, the problem is forgotten as one gets on with the main...
Dating, Placing, and Illumination
Tilly de la Mare, who was a masterfully intuitive paleographer, used to play a parlor game with fellow scholars. She would pass out pictures from Manuscrits dates with the date and place hidden, and each person would have to reason out a dating and...
Jolly Jankin Meets Aristotle
It should go without saying that if one is seriously interested in medieval English manuscript culture, one needs to recognize that England was a trilingual state throughout the post-Conquest medieval period. Quite simply, there was a vastly greater...
Notes on Libraries and Collections
Toppan Rare Books Library American Heritage Center 2111 Willett Drive University of Wyoming Dept. 3924, 1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071 Telephone: (307) 766-2565 Website: http://ahc.uwyo.edu/about/departments/toppan.htm...
Ricardus Franciscus Writes for William Worcester
Cambridge University Library, MS Additional 7870 (hereafter CUL Add. 7870) is a parchment manuscript, comprising three booklets each written by a different scribe, which dates from the mid-fifteenth century. (1) The manuscript contains three texts...
Some Tools for Dating and Localizing Manuscripts
The criteria for dating presented here have been developed progressively in the systematic pan-European effort to identify dated and datable manuscripts, an enterprise that began in the mid-twentieth century. The project, known under the generic name...
The Manuscript Titles of Truth: Titology and the Medieval Gap
Geoffrey Chaucer's moral ballade, which begins "Fle fro be pres & dwelle wib sobefastnesse," (1) has been known since the late nineteenth century, from Frederick Furnivall's Chaucer Society reprints onwards, (2) by the title Truth. (3) As the later...
The Narrative Functions of John Rastell's Printing: The Pastyme of People and Early Tudor "Genealogical" Issues
The Pastyme of People (ca. 1529-1530, STC 20724) is one of the earliest printed chronicles produced by a humanist printer in early Tudor England. (1) On the surface it is a simple, brief chronicle, but it nevertheless may reveal much about the ideological...
The Peddler-Robbed-by-Apes Topos: Parchment to Print and Back Again
I In 1491 the Italian illuminator Bernardino di Michelangelo Ciagnoni lamented "that our art is finished, it has been killed by the sort of books which one no longer illuminates," (2) but this prophecy proved too dire by far. That the advent of...
The Speculum Spiritualium from Manuscript to Print
The Speculum spiritualium is a compilation entirely in Latin except for a couple of pages in English from Richard Rolle's Form of Living and two English poems ("Ihesu that art heven kyng" and "Mary thou were greet with loveli cheere"). (1) In print...
Urbane Boys and Obedient Stonemasons: An Adapted Courtesy Poem in British Library Royal MS 17.a.I
British Library Cotton Caligula A.II preserves a short poem on good behavior entitled "Urbanitatis" (fols. 88-89v). (1) This poem is also preserved in National Library Scotland Advocates 19.3.1 (the "Heege manuscript"), where it is given the title...