Margery Kempe, The Boke of Margery Kempe, eds. prin., 1501 and 1940

     When Caxton's former pressman and inheritor of his business, Wynkyn de Worde, published a short prayer from Margery Kempe's longer narrative as an eight-page  pamphlet in 1501, that was the first evidence of the book's existence, but it hardly prepared scholars for the later discovery of the whole manuscript in July 1934.  Its owner, Colonel William E. I. Butler-Bowdon, brought the large manuscript to the Museum of South Kensington to have it identified.  There, the pioneer American feminist and medievalist, Hope Emily Allen, was able to connect the short poem de Worde had published with this much longer narrative to which the poem was appended, almost as a coda or afterward.  Allen co-edited the manuscript with Sanford Meech for its first full publication by the Early English Text Society in 1940.  (For more background on Allen, the discovery of the manuscript, and C20 American and English medieval scholarship, please see John C. Hirsch's Hope Emily Allen: Medieval Scholarship and Feminism, (Norman, Oklahoma: Pilgrim Books, 1988).

ESTC System No. 006176447
ESTC Citation No. S104749
Author - personal LinkKempe, Margery, b. ca. 1373.
Title LinkHere begynneth a shorte treatyse of contemplacyon taught by her lorde Jhesu cryste, or taken out of the boke of Margerie kempe of lyn[n].
Publisher/year Link[London] : [Enprynted in Fletestrete by Wynkyn de worde, [1501]]
Physical descr. [8] p. ; 4⁰.
General note Caption title.
Imprint from colophon; publication date from STC.
Signatures: A⁴.
Citation/references STC (2nd ed.), 14924
Surrogates Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1940. 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm (Early English books, 1475-1640; 81:09).
Loc. of filmed copy C.
Subject LinkContemplation -- Early works to 1800.
Copies - Brit.Isles LinkCambridge University Library (includes Sir Geoffrey Keynes Collection, British & Foreign Bible Society, & Peterborough Cathedral)


Author Kempe, Margery, b. ca. 1373
Title The book of Margery Kempe / edited by Sanford Brown Meech ; with prefatory note by Hope Emily Allen, and notes and appendices by Sanford Brown Meech and Hope Emily Allen
Publication Info. London ; New York : Published for the Early English Text Society by the Oxford University Press, c1940
Main Collection 820.6 E13 no.212 AVAILABLE
Description lxviii, 441 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill., facsim. ; 23 cm
Series Early English Text Society ; no. 212
Early English Text Society (series) ; no. 212
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Kempe, Margery. b. ca. 1373
Subject Headings Authors, English -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Biography
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Mysticism -- England
Add. Contributors Meech, Sanford Brown
Allen, Hope Emily