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[English Manuscript 77 Gospel of Mark]

English MS 77

Later Version Wycliffe New Testament, end of 14th/beginning of 15th century

Size: 190 x 130 mm. iv + 266 + ii folios.

Later version of John Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, with a calendar of Epistles and Gospels, and the usual prologues to the Gospels. The word 'pope' has been blotted out in the calendar; so too the name of St Thomas at 29 December and 7 July. This copy is the basis of the text in Scholz and Tregelles's English Hexapla edition of the New Testament, 1841.

There is a 7-line initial at the beginning of Matthew, and a 6-line initial at the beginning of Mark, in pink and blue with white penwork and floral infill on burnished gold grounds, and with foliate extensions. At the beginning of the other books are 4- or 5-line initials of burnished gold on pink and blue grounds with white penwork and foliate extensions.

Former owners include John Picard/Pickard/Pickerde, late 16th-century rector of Pluckley, Kent; Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex; Lea Wilson, F.S.A., Wycliffe scholar; Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878) (Appendix no. 24); and Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928).

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