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IMEV 3580
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This book is one and Gods curse is another
A common medieval bookplate — one quatrain
Subjects: bookplates
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, St John’s College 76, f. 5v
Transcription:
Thys boke ys on crystys curs ys A nodyr
He that sstellyth the ton I pray good send hym þe todyr
quod Iohannes Wryghtson
Note: One couplet.
Attributed Author: quod Iohannes Wryghtson (f. 5v)
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 85.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 30506, f. 169
Transcription:
This boke ys one & chryst þe anoþer
He þat take þe one take þe oþer
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 1251, f. 169
Editions:
Wanley, Humphrey. A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum. 4 vols. London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12; ed. Wanley et al: 1.635.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.163.
Bennett, Henry Stanley. England from Chaucer to Caxton. London: Methuen, 1928: 161.
Coulton, George Gordon. Life in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: at the UP, 1931, and New York: Macmillan, 1931: 2.118 (modernized).
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 563-4.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2320, f. 72v
Editions:
Wordsworth, Charles, and Henry Littlehales. The Old Service Books of the English Church. London: 1904: 60.
5.Source: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Reid 44 (Fincham book of hours)
Transcription:
This boke ys oon the curse of crist ys a nothir
He that stelith thoon shall haue the othir
Note: Hamer (1995) notes, ‘not found’. Transcription from the Burlington Magazine 1 (Mar-May 190).
Editions:
“New Acquisitions at the National Museums: Victoria And Albert Museum: The Reid Gift—I.” Burlington Magazine 1 (Mar-May 1903): 389-90 plus plate facing 389: 390.
6.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown Tiverton, Parish Church, on cover of a Primer
Note: Hamer (1995) lists as unidentified, missing or destroyed.
Editions:
Littlehales, Henry, ed. The Prymer or Lay Folks’ Prayer Book. EETS o.s. 105 (1895); 109 (1897); repr. as one volume, 1973: 1.
7.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], f. 170v
Transcription:
Thys Boke hys whon & crystes cors hys a nodor
he that steles they boke thake they thodor
Editions:
Manly, John Matthews. Specimens of the Pre-Shakspearean Drama. 2 vols. Boston: Ginn, 1897: 1.436.