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San Marino, Huntington Library, HM 00128
Description: ff. 219 - Bound, s. XVI, in English stamped calf over wooden boards; the roll is of Oldham's class HM.a (17-23); 2 fore edge clasps closing to catches on edge of back cover, one survives; rebacked. - On the front pastedown, s. XVI, "Robert or William langland made pers ploughman"; beneath this, in the hand of John Bale, "Robertus Langlande natus in comitatu Salopie in villa Mortymers Clybery in the claylande, within viii myles of Malborne hylles, scripsit, peers ploughman, li. 1. In somer season whan set was sunne"; see R. B. Haselden and H. C. Schulz, "Note on the Inscription in HM 128," Huntington Library Bulletin 8 (1935) 26-27, suggesting that the manuscript which John Bale refers to in his Index Britanniae Scriptorum (ed. R. L. Poole, Oxford 1902, p. 509) as being in the possession of William Sparke may be identified with HM 128; see O. Cargill, "The Langland Myth," PMLA 50 (1935) 45 on the possible identity of William Sparke, and G. Kane, Piers Plowman: The Evidence for Authorship (London 1965) 37-42 and pl. 3 of the front pastedown of HM 128. Names of other possible early owners are: f. i, s. XVI, "Richard Rychard"; f. 101, s. XV/XVI, "Alleksander London [or Loudon?]"; f. 144v, s. XV, "cysley"; f. 149, s. XV, "betoun brygges" and, in the same hand, f. 153, "Maude." On f. i verso, a list of the contents of the book, dated in imitative medieval arabic numerals 1751; the same hand has occasionally annotated the manuscript, e.g. regarding the order of ff. 95-96, and on f. 92, across from Prick of Conscience, line 9138, "The other MS ends here." "The other MS" is probably London, Brit. Lib., Egerton 657 which breaks defectively at line 9138. Both Egerton 657 and HM 128 belonged to Adam Clarke (1760?-1832); HM 128 in the Catalogue of the Collection of Dr. Adam Clarke, complied by J. B. B. Clarke (London 1835) pp. 69-70, n. CXXIX (this number on the spine); his sale, Sotheby's, 20 June 1836, lot 352 to Thorpe; Thorpe Catalogue (1836) Suppl. n. 509. Acquired by Clifton W. Loscombe before 1838 (when F. Madden used it for his edition of art. 6); his sale, Sotheby's, 19 June 1854, lot 1167 to Upham for the fourth Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878); see the Catalogue of the Manuscripts at Ashburnham Place (London n.d.), Appendix, n. CXXX; Ashburnham sale, Sotheby's, 1 May 1899, lot 78 to Quaritch; Quaritch Catalogue 193 (1899) n. 54. In January 1918 Henry E. Huntington selected this and other books from the collection of Ross C. Winans, at the time in the hands of G. D. Smith. - C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). De Ricci, 54.
Number of Parts: 2 - Number of Images Available: 0
Direct Link: http://ds.lib.berkeley.edu/HM00128_43
Language: English Latin Country: England Century: 15th 14th
Gallery of Images for this Manuscript: http://dpg.lib.berkeley.edu/webdb/dsheh/heh_brf?CallNumber=HM+128

Part 1: ff. 1-219v
Description: - Parchment - 168 x 240 mm - 1-278 (quires 3 and 4 reversed) 28 (3 leaves of uncertain structure). 40 long lines in the first, second and fourth texts; 2 columns of 61 lines in the third text; 55-65 lines in the fifth text; 30 lines in the sixth text. Ruling in lead, most of which is no longer visible, with single bounding lines.
Country: EnglandCardinal point:
Region: City:
Assigned Date: s. XVinSearchable Date Range: 1400 - 1415
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes: ;6?: i, ff. 1-94, first 22 lines of f. 96, 113-120; ii, f. 95 and the remainder of f. 96r-v; iii, ff. 97-112v; iv, ff. 121-205; v, ff. 205-216; vi, ff. 216v-219
Script: Anglicana with some secretary forms
Other Decoration: Opening initial by skilled hand, f. 1, 8-line parted red and blue, infilled with vine and leaves, and extended along the inner margin by a red and blue cascade. Opening initial, f. 113, 12-line parted red and blue with flourishing of both colors.
Notes: Latin
Number of Texts: 6

Text 1: ff. 1-16v, 25-32v, 17-24v, 33-94; f. 94v, blank
Title: Pricke of Conscience
Title: Here bigynneþ þe ferste part of þis book þat telleþ of mannys wrecchidnesse
Language(s): English
Incipit: The ferste part of þis book is soþnesse/ ys ymad of manny wrecchidnesse ffor whan god al þyng had mad of nought/ than of þe foulest matere man was wrought
Explicit: To þe which he vs brynge/ that for our loue maked all þynge. Amen. Here endet þ prikke of conscience.
Notes: Text preceded by a prologue ("Here bugynneþ þe prologe on the Prikke of consciencie þat ferst telleþ of goddes power, The myght of the fadur of heuene/ the wyt of the sone wyth hys ȝyftes seuene"). IMEV 3429; Southern Recension; R. Morris, ed., The Pricke of Conscience. The Philological Society (Berlin 1863), from London, Brit. Lib., Cotton Galba E. ix; see also Stacy Waters, "The Pricke of Conscience: The Southern Recension, Book V," unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Edinburgh, 1976; Allen, Writings, 373, n. and 539-40; R. E. Lewis and A. McIntosh, A Descriptive Guide to the Manuscripts of the 'Prick of Conscience.' Medium Aevum monographs n.s. 12 (Oxford 1982) 146-47. Two quires bound out of order. 

Text 2: ff. 96r-v, 95; f. 95v blank
Author: William Langland
Title: Piers Plowman
Language(s): English
Incipit: //than drede went wyȝtly and warnede fals/ and badde hym fle for fere and his felawes alle
Explicit: Or togreden after goddes men. Whan ȝe delen doles/ In aduenture ȝe hauen ȝoure hire here. And ȝoure heuene als/ Nesciat sinistra manus quid faciat dextra.
Notes: Fragment of Piers Plowman, B-text, ii, 208-iii, 72. IMEV 1459. Leaves rejected by scribe and order reversed; see R. B. Haselden, "The Fragment of Piers Plowman in Ashburnham No. CXXX," Modern Philology 29 (1932) 391-94, and pl. of ff. 96, 121. 

Text 3: ff. 97-112v
Title: Dominica prima adventus domini sequencia, Salus eterna. Exposition of Sequences
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Istam sequenciam cantat ecclesia dominica prima adventus domini quia in ea memoria agitur de adventu. Salus fidei generis est integritas corporis. Et dicitur de hoc sal
Explicit: Sed certe debet vocari ita et non eta, ut ipsi greci testantur. Et scribitur hoc nomen IHC cum tribus literis propter misterium ternarii numeri.
Notes: An exposition of sequences which presents some similarities to the printed text, Expositio sequentiarum secundum usum Sarum [Cologne: H. Quentell, 1495]; Copinger 2386. 

Text 4: ff. 113-205
Author: William Langland
Title: Piers Plowman
Language(s): English
Incipit: In a someres seysoun whan set was the sunne/ y schoop me into shrowdes as y a sheep were
Explicit: and sende me hap and hele tyl y haue peris þe ploghman/ and siþ he gradde after grace tyl y gan awake. Explicit visio petri ploughman.
Notes: Corrections in the hand of the scribe over erasures; text on ff. 156-161v disordered. IMEV 1459; W. W. Skeat, ed., The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman, by William Langland. EETS os 38 (London 1869) particularly xxi-xxiii for description of HM 128; G. Kane and E. T. Donaldson, eds., Piers Plowman: The B Version (London 1975), from Cambridge, Trinity College B.15.17, with variants also from this manuscript; see pp. 9-10 for description of HM 128. See also R. W. Chambers, "The Manuscripts of Piers Plowman in the Huntington Library and their Value for Fixing the Text of the Poem," Huntington Library Bulletin 8 (1935) 1-25. 

Text 5: ff. 205-216
Title: Siege of Jerusalem
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Here begynneth þe seege of ierusaleem & how it was destroyed, In tyberyes tyme the trewe emperowr/ Sere cesar hym seluen seysyd in rome
Explicit: Wente synggyng awey & lefte woo there/ And hool reedyn to rome yblessyd be god almyȝty. Amen.
Notes: IMEV 1583; E. Kölbing and M. Day, eds., The Siege of Jerusalem. EETS os 188 (London 1932), from Oxford, Bod. Lib., Laud misc. 656, with variants also from this manuscript; see pp. viii-ix for description of HM 128. G. Guddat-Figge, Catalogue of Manuscripts containing Middle English Romances (Munich 1976) 303-04. 

Text 6: ff. 216v-219
Title: How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter
Language(s): English
Incipit: The goode wif taught hir doughter fele tyme & ofte gode woman for to be, Doughter ȝif þou wilt ben a wif & wiseliche werch/ Loke þat þou loue well god & holy cherch
Explicit: Her blessyng mote þou haue & wele mote þou thryue. Wele is þe childe þat thryue may my der childe. Explicit expliciat ludere scriptor eat.
Notes: IMEV 671; T. F. Mustanoja, ed., The Good Wife Taught her Daughter; The Good Wyfe wold a Pylgremage; The Thewis of Gud Women (Helsinki 1948), with Cambridge, Emmanuel College, MS I.4.31 as the basis; HM 126 also edited in full. Also printed from this manuscript by F. Madden, ed., How the Goode Wif thaught hir Doughter (London 1838); by W. C. Hazlitt, Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England (London 1864) 1:180-92; by C. Hindley, The Old Book Collector's Miscellany (London 1872; reprint of Madden) 2:1. 

Part 2: ff. 1-2v
Description: - Parchment - 168 x 240 mm - 2 columns of 42+ lines, each column 81 mm. wide, ruled in lead
Country: EnglandCardinal point:
Region: City:
Assigned Date: s. XIVexSearchable Date Range: 1385 - 1399
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes:
Notes: This part formed of the two pastedowns. Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: ff. 1-2v
Author: John of Salisbury
Title: Letters
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: //penitencia et satisfactione substiterit in finibus istis
Explicit: Cum ergo hiis angustiis//
Notes: The incipit and explicit of the pastedown in the back of the book are: //pius ihesus quam ipsum pro pace vel gratia hominis. . .responderes id quod etsi imperitis rerum videatur//. John of Salisbury, Letters, ed. W. J. Millor and C. N. L. Brooke (Oxford 1979) v. 2, p. 104 line 18 to p. 110 line 4 and p. 200 line 9 to p. 206 line 4. 
Acknowledgments: We thank Dr. A. I. Doyle for this identification.