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PETER COMESTOR, HISTORIA SCHOLASTICA
England, s. XIII2
1. f. i: Old Testament genealogies schematically displayed in an English hand of the end of the thirteenth or early fourteenth century; f. i verso, blank, except for ownership mark (see below). 2. ff. 1-246: [Prologue] Reverendo patri et domino Willelmo dei gratia senonensi archiepiscopo…Causa suscepti laboris fuit instans petitio sociorum…[f. 1, Text:] Imperatorie maiestatis est in palatio [“tres” added in the margin, s. XIV] habere mansiones…qui prius albula dicebatur, undecimus silvius Agrippa. [f. 137r-v, blank; text follows directly from f. 136v to f. 138, beginning 4 Reg.:] Porro Ochosias filius Achab regnare cepit in samaria…de Iohanne filio symonis prosequentes. [f. 197v, in the margin, note of missing text, s. XV, being the inset “additiones”; f. 198, blank; f. 198v, beginning the New Testament:] Mortuo symone qui ultimus v filiorum Mathathie asamonei dux…et nota differentiam, translatus enoch subvectus est helyas, ascendit ihesus propria sui virtute. Explicit hystoria evangelium.
Peter Comestor, Historia scholastica; PL 198:1053-1524C, 1525B-1644.
3. ff. 246-278v: Incipiunt capitula hystorie actuum apostolorum, Anno nonodecimo imperii tyberii cesaris adhuc procuratore iudee pilato…et in loco honorabili scilicet in cathacumbis. Explicit hystoria Actum apostolorum Radulph [i?].
Peter of Poitiers, Historia actuum apostolorum; Stegmüller 6565 and 6785; PL 198:1645-1722. Stegmüller 7091-7092 notes a similar case of the name Radulphus, whether possessor or author, added to the end of a Biblical commentary in a manuscript once at St. Paul’s, London.
The whole volume was compared with another manuscript in the fourteenth century and the missing portions (the “additiones”) were noted, for example: f. 64, “deficit ca. 22 et 23”; f. 70, “deficit 17, 18 & 19”; f. 77v, “deficit 3m cam.”; f. 78, “deficit usque 12”; f. 81v, “deficit 29 & 30”; f. 85, “deficit hic.” The same hand attempts to supply the biblical chapter numbers. Occasional longer notes in the margins in the same hand as f. i (for example, ff. 12, 13, 27, 54v), or in another hand of the fourteenth century (for example, ff. 77, 136v), or in a hand of the sixteenth century (for example, ff. 179, 184v-188v). On f. 136v, a list of the 6 ages of the world added in a late fifteenth century hand with a 7th added in another hand.
Parchment, ff. i (modern paper) + 278 + i (modern paper); 174 × 126 (134 × 95) mm. 1-1112 128(-5, 6, 7; through f. 137) 13-1712(through f. 197) 186 19-2412 254(-4). Quires 10-15 apparently signed on each (?) leaf in blue with the letters G-M. Catchword on f. 137v, in the inner corner, cropped. 2 columns of 40 lines, some columns divided into 2 narrower columns (e.g. on ff. 98v, 100); ruled in lead; double bounding lines. Written in an English book hand. Opening initial, 6-line, parted red and blue with filigree infilling around 4 blue rosettes, with red and blue cascade and flourishing to frame the inner and upper margins. Blue initials, 2-line, with red and blue cascade or red flourishing; initials within the text touched in red; paragraph marks alternating in red and blue. Running headlines in red and blue. Bound, s. XIX, in faded green calf. Written in England in the second half of the thirteenth century. On f. i verso, written in pale red ink in a mid-sixteenth or seventeenth century legal anglicana script, probably in explanation of the name “Radulphus” on f. 278v: “This booke appears to have been examined by Radulph de Baldock, Deane of Saint Paule 1297.” Ralph de Baldock, bishop of London, 1306-13, and chancellor of England, 1307, owned a number of books: Emden, BRUO, 2147-49 prints the list of the 37 books found in Baldock’s study (June 1313) and of the 126 “libri scolastici” which Baldock bequeathed to St. Paul’s in London; included at item 12 is “Historie scolastice cum aliis scriptis”; however, this book does not appear in St. Paul’s 1458 catalogue, printed by W. Dugdale, History of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London (London 1716) 60-70. The manuscript belonged to Ebenezer Jacob, whose bookplate is on the front pastedown; later owned by John Broadley, with his bookplate on f. i; his sales, Evans, 12 July 1832 and 19 June 1833 (these catalogues not available to us). Acquired by the Huntington Library in 1971 from Lathrop C. Harper, Catalogue 200 (Spring 1970), n. 9 with a plate of f. 92.
Secundo folio: dicunt eum
Bibliography: Chronica, 7.
Abbreviations
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
Emden, BRUO
A. B. Emden, A Biographical Register of the University of Oxford to A.D. 1500 (Oxford 1957-59) and A Biographical Register of the University of Oxford, A.D. 1501-1540 (Oxford 1974)
PL
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia latina
Stegmüller
F. Stegmüller, vols. 9-11 with the assistance of N. Reinhardt, Repertorium biblicum medii aevi (Madrid 1950-80)

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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