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EL 34 C 9(EL 1121)

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HISTORICAL MISCELLANY
England, s. XVmed
Composite volume
I.
1. ff. 1-25v: //deinde hortabatur Britones ad insequendum festinatum triumphum promittens…cum non habeant illum librum Britannici sermonis quem Walterus Oxonfordensis archidiaconus ex Britannia advexit quem de historia eorum veraciter editum in honore predictorum principum hoc modo in latinum sermonem transferre curavi.
A. Griscom, ed., The Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth (London 1929) 321-536, Bk. 4, 13-Bk. 11; present manuscript noted on pp. 571, 584.
2. f. 25v: Hec sunt nomina Regum Anglie et tempora regni illorum, Primus rex Anglie hyne vocabatur, hic regnavit xxxviii annis…henricus vitus filius eius.
List of the kings of Britain from Ine to Henry VI (1421-71) with the lengths of their reigns; the last seven, Edward I-Henry VI, added to the original list in a different colored ink.
3. f. 26r-v: D[e Re]gibus Anglie post conquestum, Sanctus Edwardus confessor Rex Anglorum quia filium nec filiam fratrem vel sororem habuit…duxit in uxorem Isabellam filiam Regis francie//
To Edward II and Edward III; lower edge of sheet destroyed.
4. ff. 27-28v: Prophetia de Rege Edwardo iiio et de sequela sua, Tunc suscitabit dominus in Britannia aprum in foresta ventosa et erit iuvenis in tempore suo coronam saxonum portabit in vita patris sui…usque ad tempus portabit et post illud tempus cessabunt Reges esse quasi ubique et erit novum seculum.
Political prophecy on Edward III as the boar; other figures are “foresta ventosa” (Windsor), “in mari mortuo” (Roger Mortimer), “retrogradus cancer” (King Philip of France), “lilium” (France), “Aquila” (?), “porcellus” (the Black Prince), “flores deliciarum” (England?), “gens sine capite” (?); notes in the margins in the hand of the scribe are “Bellum de hog[? cropped]” (? Sluys, 1340), “Bellum de Cressy” (1346), “Obsidio calesie” (1348), “Pestilencia magna” (1348-50), “Captatio Regis Francorum” (1356).
5. ff. 29-37: Incipit prologus fratris Nicholai Trevet de ordine predicatorum in Annales Regum Anglie qui a Comitibus Andegavensibus suam traxerunt originem secundum lineam masculinam, Atheniensium Romanorumque res gestas certissimus auctor Salustinus ad invicem…[Text:] Ut autem comodius iuxta nostram intencionem…[f. 33:] Expliciunt Annales gestorum Regis Stephani. Incipiunt gesta henrici secundi Regis Anglorum…concessum est eis ut si vacantes ecclesie eos vocarent earum fierent presules. Mortuo Ricardo episcopo Londoniensi// [f. 37v, blank]
T. Hog, ed., Fratris Nicholai Triveti Annales. English Historical Society 9 (London 1845) 1-54, ending unfinished at the year 1163. Kaeppeli, >SOPMA 3149.
II.
6. ff. 38-45v: Seignurs une poy entendez/ vous qi les gius d’eches amez/ Et ieo une partis vous dirray/ Selonc ce j’apris ay…et plus pres de son Roc et issi la suyera d’eques ac mat. [f. 46, blank]
Treatise on the game of chess, in verse alternating with 10 prose sections, and 12 diagrams in red and black of model moves. See description by Warner and Gilson of London, Brit. Lib., Roy. 13.A.XVIII. A. Långfors, Les Incipit des poèmes français antérieurs au XVIe siècle (Paris [1917]) p. 383.
7. ff. 46v-54v: [Invocation:] Dixit petrus amfusus servus christi ihesu compositor huius libri…[Prologue:] Deus igitur in hoc opusculo michi sit in auxilium…[Text:] Ennok philosophus qui lingua arabica cognominatur edric filio suo dixit…fac sicut dicit versificator//…//sustine mente. Sic que dura fuit mors tibi//…//laminam vidit mar//
Petrus Alphonsi, De disciplina clericali, PL 157:671-705, here with all 32 tales complete and in the order described by Ward, Cat. of Romances 2:235-47; the lower margin of the last leaf badly deteriorated with loss of text, leaving only enough to show that this copy originally ended with the Epitaph in the Cemetery.
Paper, ff. 53; 294 × 223 mm. in 2 parts.The book begins and ends defectively; quire structure is lost, due to remounting of the leaves on stubs. ff. 1-37, 4 watermarks: 1 unidentified, the others Monts, similar to Briquet 11894 (Genoa 1430), 11696 (Florence 1424), 11662 (Florence 1432).Written space: 235 × 165 mm. Evidence of cropped catchwords on ff. 5v, 13v, 14v, 17v, 29v; 2 columns of 45-46 lines in a good anglicana with some secretary forms; ff. 27-28, a bifolium added by a second anglicana hand with stronger secretary features. An offset on f. 38, “<?>our de <?>,” suggests that at least one leaf may have been lost between ff. 37-38. ff. 38-54, watermark, Hache, similar to Briquet 7514 (Genoa 1383). Art. 6, leaves signed a-h in the gutter on the recto, written space: 218 × 125 mm. In up to 42 lines of verse and prose in a secretary hand with anglicana forms; art. 7, written space: 218 × 145 mm. In 48-52 long lines in a different anglicana hand. Bound, ca. 1840, in tan calf. Written in England in the middle of the fifteenth century. A note, s. XV, on f. 37v “Dominus Nicholaus” may refer to an owner or to the Trevet text completed on f. 37 recto. The 2 parts were probably brought together by the time John Egerton (1622-86), 2nd Earl of Bridgewater wrote the early Bridgewater pressmark on f. 2, “M:1/3.” Additional Bridgewater pressmarks “34 C 9” and “1121” (corrected from 512) were given at a later date and are still in use. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington with the Bridgewater Library in 1917 (see pp. 5-7).
Secundo folio: [f. 38, Pt. II] Li roy noir
Bibliography: De Ricci, 137-38.
Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Kaeppeli, SOPMA
T. Kaeppeli, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum medii aevi (Rome 1970- )
PL
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia latina
Ward, Cat. of Romances
H. L. D. Ward, vol. 3 by J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London 1883-1910)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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