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Fols. 77r and 80v are both very faded with considerable bleed-through from their opposite sides. In a few cases, the midline punctus elevatus must simply be inferred because the fading makes it indistinct though still visible. Moreover, the bottom and outer margins of all eight sides bound in Lansdowne 398 (77r-80v) are severely cropped.
More than one hundred lines at the beginning of the Prologue (= KD Prol.1-124) as well as
the end of Passus 1 and the beginning of Passus 2 (= KD1.141 through KD2.40) have been lost
from MS R since the early eighteenth century (at the latest). It is likely, but unproveable,
that the event behind this loss also accounts for the fact that the surviving first few leaves
of MS R (usually referenced as Oxford, Bodleian MS Rawlinson Poetry 38) are now bound into a
completely different codex, London, British Library MS Landsowne 398. For more information,