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Art. 17, Vorte maken blankplum: Introduction

ABBREVIATIONS: AND: Anglo-Norman Dictionary; ANL: Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (R. Dean and Boulton); BL: British Library (London); Bodl.: Bodleian Library (Oxford); CCC: Corpus Christi College (Cambridge); CUL: Cambridge University Library (Cambridge); IMEV: The Index of Middle English Verse (Brown and Robbins); IMEV Suppl.: Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse (Robbins and Cutler); MED: Middle English Dictionary; MWME: A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050–1500 (Severs et al.); NIMEV: A New Index of Middle English Verse (Boffey and Edwards); NLS: National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh).

This elaborate recipe explains the process for deriving white lead (a paint substance) from lead. It requires a gallon-size vessel, altered so as to have pegs making rungs upon which to hang the lead in thin sheets. The vessel must have a tight lid. The chemical process requires vinegar and a setting of the vessel in horse dung for nine nights.

[Fol. 52vb. MWME 10:3685 [416]. Scribe: C. Quire: 5. Layout: Prose added to blank right column. Editions: Wright 1844, p. 65–66; Keller, p. 97. Other MSS: None. Analogues: See Fein 2013, p. 44 n. 28.]

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