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MS. 74 Heraldic visitations etc.

(old shelfmark **A.74)

Origin:England, ?York
Date:20th c., ca. 1918 - 1961
Material:Paper (factory made)
Physical Description:i paper flyleaf + 668 pages (paginated i – xii, 1 – 254, remainder blank) + i paper flyleaf, 296 x 228 (ca. 230 – 260 x 178 – 185) mm, ruled in pink ink and occasionally pencil (normally left margin only), 1 – 12 shields per page (occasionally in two columns)
Rubric:The coats here set out are taken from the Harlian publication dealing with the Visitations of Bedfordshire anno domini 1556 (sic), 1582 and 1634
Incipit:The visitation of 1566 beginneth with
2o folio:Astry of Harlington
Contents:pp. 1 – 83, Copy of Heralds’ Visitations of Bedfordshire, 1556, 1582 and 1634; pp. 82 – 121, Copy of Heralds’ Visitations of Dorset, 1623 (BL Harleian MS 1166); pp. 123 – 187, Copy of Heralds’ Visitations of Nottinghamshire, 1569, 1614 and 1631 (BL Harleian MSS 1955 and 1400); pp. 189 – 237, Copy of Constable’s Roll (Visitation by Sir Marmaduke Constable, (d. 1560) of England north of the Trent, 1558; pp. 238 – 250, Arms of the Archbishops of Canterbury, from Lanfranc to Matthew Parker; p. 250, Arms of Stephen Gardiner, (d. 1555) Bishop of Winchester and Master of Trinity Hall; pp. 251 – 254, Miscellaneous noble arms
Script:Documentary cursive (neat pseudo-Secretary)
Scribe:George Edward Larman (1895 – 1961)
Artist:George Edward Larman (1895 – 1961)
Decoration:698 painted shields of arms (a few incomplete, pp. 210 – 213, 237); 1 historiated parted initial [A, ca 6 l.] in red and blue with red and green pen-flourishing, (pre-Reformation Archipiscopal arms of Canterbury) for start of Archbishops’ arms (p. 238); red and green pen-flourished one-sided borders, pp. 238 – 239
Provenance:George Edward Larman (1895 – 1961); his bequest, 1961
Binding:19th / 20th c., brown leather over paste boards, blind-tooled edge design, blue and orange endbands, lower edge painted with yellow, green and red wavy lines
Notes:There are 207 blank shields with names next to them but no indication of the blazon, pp. 214 – 236. The paper and manner in which the MS is bound suggest that this was originally a blank ledger; the painted lower edge was clearly done by hand, and is probably the work of Larman. Larman was a student at Trinity Hall 1914 - 1918.

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