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BEDE, HISTORIA ECCLESIASTICA; etc.
England, s. XVmed
1. ff. 1-46v [Prologue:] De prima christianitate missa in Anglia ab eleutherio papa…de sancto Petro abbate eiusdem monasterii primo. [Text:] Incipit liber quem composuit sanctus et venerabilis Beda presbiter de gestis Anglorum, Anno ab incarnatione domini centesimo quinquagesimo sexto…ut apud omnes fructum pie intercessionis inveniam. Amen. Explicit liber quem composuit Beda de Gestis Anglorum.
An epitome of the Historia ecclesiastica; for the full text, see B. Colgrave and R. A. B. Mynors, eds., Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Oxford 1969); this manuscript discussed on p. lv. See also M. L. W. Laistner, A Hand-list of Bede Manuscripts (Ithaca 1943) 70 and 103.
2. ff. 46v-47v [Epistola Cuthberti de obitu Bedae:] Quedam epistola de transitu Venerabilis Bede presbiteri, Dilectissimo in christo lectori Cutwino Cuthbertus condiscipulus in deo salutem eternam. Manusculum quod misisti…sed brevitatem sermonis ineruditio lingue facit. Explicit.
CPL 1383. BHL 1068. PL 90:63-66.
3. ff. 47v-54v: Incipit vita sancte Marie egipciace, Secretum Regis celare bonum est…et adorando spiritu et nunc et semper et in secula seculorum. Amen. Explicit. [f. 55r-v blank]
PL 73:671-690, attributed to Sophronius.
4. ff. 56-90: Incipit epistola Bede ad Notelinum de templo Salomonis, Hortatur nos vas electionis et magister gencium…[f. 57, Text:] Domus dei quam edificavit Rex Salomonis…ac diligentes quos dominus benedicit pusillos cum maioribus. Explicit expositio venerabilis Bede presbiteri de templo Salomonis.
CPL 1348. PL 91:735-808. Laistner, 78.
5. ff. 91-93v [Bede, Epistola ad Pleguinam:] Incipit epistola venerabilis Bede presbiteri de sex etatibus seculi, Fratri dilectissimo et in christi visceribus honorando plegwino Beda in domino salutem. Venit ad me…deus omnipotens fraternitatem tuam sospitem conservare dignetur. Explicit epistola venerabilis bede presbiteri ad fflegwinum de sex etatibus seculi.
C. W. Jones, ed., Bedae Opera de temporibus (Cambridge 1943) 304-15, and Bedae Venerabilis Opera. CC 123c (Turnholt 1980) 615-26, mentioning this manuscript. Laistner, 120, listing 4 other manuscripts.
6. ff. 93v-99 [Bede, In Cantica canticorum libri VII:] Incipit liber Bede contra iulianum divine gratie repugnatorem, Scripturus dei iuvante gratia in cantica canticorum primo ammonens putavi lectorem…dico in india iudea et egipto geruntur non nisi per eorum qui hiis interfuere scripta nosce [sic] valemus. Explicit. [ff. 99v-100v, blank]
CPL 1353. PL 91:1065-1077, part of Book I only. Laistner, 70.
Parchment (poor quality), ff. i (contemporary parchment) + 100 + iii (contemporary parchment); 237 × 168 (154 × 114) mm. 1-108 11-1210. Catchwords present; quires and leaves signed in letters and arabic numerals. 33-34 long lines frame ruled with brown crayon. Written in a school secretary hand. 2-line blue initials with red flourishing; 1-line initials alternating red and blue. Running headlines; chapters numbered in the margin. Bound, s. XVII, in English brown calf sewn on 5 original (?) bands, now drawn into pasteboards; old pastedowns re-used, the one on the back with a note, s. XV, “prec. ii marc.”; evidence of 2 fore edge clasps; edges speckled in red. Written in England in the middle of the fifteenth century, possibly in Yorkshire. C. Plummer, Venerabilis Baedae Historia Ecclesiastica (Oxford 1896) 2:118 observed of this manuscript that its “scribe probably had local knowledge,” since the name of the village near Catterick where James the Deacon lived, otherwise unnamed, is here specified as “seynt iemestret” (end of Book 2, on f. 14); this detail was also noted by a seventeenth century reader, who has collated the text. On f. 99 a contemporary hand notes a financial transaction: “Solut. Willelmo <cropped> iii s. i d. Al<cropped> Waltero xxx <cropped> et iii d. pro<cropped>.” In an eighteenth century hand, Greek letters on pastedown, and “ΑΧΩ” on f. 1. Sold in 1836 by Thomas Thorpe to Sir Thomas Phillipps; Phillipps 9428 and the Phillipps shelfmark in pencil on the front pastedown; the number also in ink on f. i verso. Belonged to George Dunn (1865-1912) of Woolley Hall; his sale, Sotheby’s, 11 February 1913, lot 400 to Bertram Dobell (1842-1914). Untraced according to Laistner in 1943. Sale, Sotheby’s, 6 July 1964, lot 236 to the Huntington Library.
Secundo folio: esse prodiderat
Bibliography: Schenkl 1814. Römer, i, 338 (erroneously). Chronica, 5.
Abbreviations
BHL
Bibliotheca hagiographica latina, ed. Socii Bollandiani (1898-1901)
CC
Corpus christianorum
Chronica
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9
CPL
E. Dekkers and A. Gaar, eds., Clavis patrum latinorum. Sacris erudiri 3 (Steenbrugge, 2nd. ed. 1961)
PL
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia latina
Römer
F. Römer, Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Werke des heiligen Augustinus, II, Großbritannien und Irland. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Phil.-Hist. Klasse, Sitzungsberichte 276, 281 (Vienna 1972)
Schenkl
H. Schenkl, Bibliotheca patrum latinorum britannica (Vienna 1891-1908; repr. Hildesheim and New York 1969)

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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