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Netherlands or
England, s. XIImed
1. ff. 1v-43: Incipit liber primus de gestis anglorum, Anno ab incarnatione domini cccco xlo ixo venere angli et saxones britanniam…et fumea volumina peplo suo submovens.
W. Stubbs, ed., Willelmi Malmesburiensis Monachi De Gestis Regum Anglorum. RS 90 (London 1887-89), excerpts only, up to Bk. 3 chapt. 286; this manuscript described by Stubbs, pp. cii-ciii.
2. ff. 43-44: De confessione in ultimis positorum, Vera ad dominum confessio in ultimis positorum mente est potius estimanda quam tempore. Nunquam enim est sera penitentia confessio propheta attestante qui ait, Cum conversus ingemueris salvus eris…Vir prudens ab imprudente muliere avertit oculos suos. Luxuriosus autem intuens eam solvetur ut cera a facie ignis. Christus non in corporis sed in anime pulcritudine delectatur. Tua ergo et tu dilige in quibus delectatur deus.
Quotations from Isidore, Jerome, Augustine, Bernard, Hilary, Gregory, Seneca, Cyprian, Origenes, Paul, Basil, Caesarius.
3. ff. 44v-53v: Incipit prefatio cassiodori senatoris in libro de institutione divinarum scripturarum, Cum studia secularium magno desiderio fervere cognoscerem…[f. 46, Chapter list, then:] Incipit liber cassiodori senatoris de institutione divinarum scripturarum, De eptateuco, Primus scripturarum divinarum codex est eptateucus…si dicta ipsius nulla presumptione carpamus//
R. A. B. Mynors, ed., Cassidori Senatoris Institutiones (Oxford 1961) 3-48, breaking defectively; this manuscript listed on p. xlii.
4. ff. 54-58: //reatur. Si autem cui parti phylosophie supponatur queritur ethice supponitur…in futuro autem dabit virtutem incorruptionis fortitudinem immortalitatis benedictus deus. Amen. Explicit liber de claustro non manufacto.
Hugh of Fouilloy, De claustro animae. PL 176:1171-1182, beginning defectively.
5. ff. 58-64: Incipit prologus in libro de medicina anime, Cogis me frater karissime ut ea que de medicina anime ad iohannem medicum scribere ceperam…[f. 58, Chapter list, then:] Incipit liber de medicina anime. De homine qui microcosmus id est minor mundus appellatur, Homo microcosmus id est minor mundus appellari ab antiquis solet…necesse est ut emplastrum verecundie fronti superponat. Explicit liber de medicina anime.
Hugh of Fouilloy, De medicina animae. PL 176:1183-1202.
6. ff. 64-69: Incipit libellus ad socium volentem nubere, Cum te karissime mundi huius agitari fluctibus conspicio timeo ne aut pondere divitiarum pressus…[Text:] Secundum phylosophos, Fertur aureolus teophrasti liber de nuptiis in quo querit an vir sapiens uxorem ducat…et fac animam tuam talem quam summi regis adoptet filius, qui cum patre et spiritu sancto vivit et regnat per eterna secula. Amen. Explicit libellus ad socium volentem nubere.
Hugh of Fouilloy, De nuptiis. PL 176:1201-1218.
7. ff. 69-83v: Incipit prologus sequentis operis, Desiderii tui karissime petitionibus satisfacere cupiens…[f. 69v, Second prologue:] Item alius, Cum scribere illiterato debeam non miretur diligens lector…[Text:] Incipit libellus cuiusdam ad Ragnierum conversum cognomine corde benignum. De tribus columbis, Si dormiatis inter medios cleros penne columbe deargentate et posteriora dorsi eius in pallore auri. In sacra scriptura frater tres columbas legendo repperi…qui ad petram rostrum acuit dum se ipsum christo per bonam operationem conformem reddit.
Hugh of Fouilloy, De avibus. PL 177:13-55.
8. ff. 84-85v: De eo quod scriptum est in psalmo xxx iii quis est homo qui vult vitam et cupit bidere dies bonos, Sermo divinus peragrans currensque per campos singulis velut luminaria ecclesiis claritatem contulit…et sine naufragio ad portum salutis pervenietis; [f. 84v:] Exposicio symboli, Super fabricam totius ecclesie nichil aliud in fundamento ponunt sapientes architecti qui sunt verbi predicatores nisi ihesum christum…Quotquot ergo perfecti sumus hoc sapiamus ut credentes deum pacis nobiscum habeamus.
Ps. Chrysostom, Sermons 5 and 29, PL Suppl. 4:752-756 and 821-825.
9. ff. 86-110v: [Prologue:] Incipit epistola aniani ad evangelum presbiterum, Domino sancto evangelo presbitero anianus salutem. Recenti experimento didici quam sint utilia obsequentibus imperia bonorum…[f. 86v, Text:] Incipit liber sancti iohannis crisostomi de laudibus beati pauli apostoli. Incipit omelia 1a, Nichil prorsus erraverit qui pratum quoddam insigne virtutum ad paradysum spiritualem pauli animum nuncupaverit…Oremus etiam ut ipsi quoque eisdem perfruamur bonis gratia et misericordia domini nostri ihesu christi per quem et cum quo gloria patri cum sancto spiritu in secula seculorum. Amen. Explicit omelia viia.
Chrysostom, De laudibus sancti Pauli apostoli. PG 50:471-514.
10. ff. 111-121: Sermo in natali sancti iohannis evangeliste, Hodie nobis dilectissimi letitie gaudia geninantur quia recenti adhuc nativitate dominica beati iohannis occurit sollempnitas gloriosa…per eam nos exaltet ad paterne glorie claritatem qui vivit et regnat in trinitate perfecta unus et verus deus per omnia secula seculorum. Amen; [f. 116:] Item sermo unde supra, Gaudeamus fratres karissimi tam copisum vestre fraternitatis adesse conventum quia dum vos ad hodiernam festivitatem…ad eum qui calcato mortis imperio celum cum triumphali gloria penetravit ihesus christus dominus noster qui cum patre et spiritu sancto vivit et re[gnat. Amen.]
Peter Damian, Sermons 63 and 64. PL 144:857-875.
11. ff. 121v-124v: Incipit alexandri magni macedonum regis et dindimi regis bragmanorum de phylosophia per litteras facta collatio, Sepius ad aures meas fando pervenit rationem vite vestre a communi qui ubique sunt hominum discrepare…his si tuendo valueris [sic] abstinere aut superbie notaberis quia donata repudias aut invidie quod a meliore prestantur. Expliciunt scripta alexandri regis magni macedonum ad dindimum regem bragmanorum de natura et statu vite ipsorum et responsio ipsius ad inquisiciones eorundem dictorum.
B. Kübler, ed., Iulii Valerii, Alexandri Polemi res gestae Alexandri Macedonis (Leipzig 1888) 169-89.
12. ff. 125-130: Incipit epistola alexandri quam ab india de situ indie aristoteli magistro suo direxit, Semper memor tui etiam inter dubia bellorum nostrorum pericula…ut invidendum mortalibus esset perpetuo de nobis opinio et animo et industria optime aristotiles ponderari. Explicit epistola alexandri magni ad aristotilem doctorem.
W. W. Boer, Epistola Alexandri ad Aristotelem. Beiträge zur klassischen Philologie 50 (Meisenheim am Glan 1973) 1-60. For a list of the manuscripts of arts. 11 and 12, see D. J. A. Ross, “A Check-List of Manuscripts of three Alexander Texts: the Julius Valerius Epitome, the Epistola ad Aristotelem and the Collatio cum Dindimo,” Scriptorium 10 (1956) 127-32, this manuscript recorded on p. 132; see also T. Hahn, “Notes on Ross’s Check-List of Alexander Texts,” Scriptorium 34 (1980) 275-78.
13. f. 130: [Note on Alexander the Great] Phylippus magnus procreat qualibet olympias alexandri mater nobiliorem ei patrem acquirere affectaverit…victor omnium vino et ira victus morbo vinolentie [sic] apud babylonem humiliore quam auxerat fortuna exemptus est. 14. f. 130: [Note on chronology] Collatis nostris et grecorum temporibus invenimus olympiade septima romam conditam anno post ilium captum ccccmo xxxmo iiio…Sic inter exortum urbis et troiam captam iure esse annos cccos xxx iii constat. 15. ff. 130v-155: Palladii rutili tauri aemiliani viri illustris opus agriculture incipit, Tituli libri primi, De preceptis rei rustice, i; De iiiior rebus quibus agricultura consistit, ii…[Text:] De preceptis rei rustice, i, Ars [sic] est prima prudentie ipsam cui preceptuus [sic] es estimare personam…Quod contra frigus nimium columella dicit toto faciendum esse quinquennio.// [f. 152:] //Nam sicut asserit columella ex eo loco germen plerumque producitur…Decembrem Ianuario in horis causa dispar adiunxit [cum lin]ea simili ille augeatur iste decrescat. Hora i pedes xxixHora xi pedes xxix. Palladii rutili tauri emiliani viri clarissimi et illustrissimi opus generale de omni agricultura de edificiis hortis nemoribus vinetis olivetis arbustis frutectis seminariis plantis insitionibus translationibus remediis restitutionibus de amariis armentis gregibus apibus mellificationibus sationibus messionibus <illegible> sive ceteris omnibus ad ea pertinentibus disciplinis per menses et titulos diligenter distinctum explicit feliciter. Amen. [f. 155v, blank]
R. H. Rodgers, ed., Palladii Opus Agriculturae, De Veterinaria Medicina, De Insitione (Leipzig 1975) 1-198, 218-40; last quire misbound and to be read ff. 154, 150, 151, lacuna of 2 leaves with loss of text (XI, 6-XII, 3), 152, 153, 155; last leaf badly damaged with loss of text. See also Rodgers, An Introduction to Palladius, University of London, Institute of Classical Studies, Bulletin Supplement n. 35 (London 1975), listing this manuscript on p. 169.
Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper) + 155 + ii (modern paper); 180 × 110 (145 × 85) mm. 18(-1) 2-58 66 78(through f. 53) 3 (?) quires missing here 8-198 208(-4, 5 with loss of text). Catchword survives in the gutter of f. 15v, as well as the quire signature in the center lower margin, “iius”; one other quire signature, “xii,” on f. 69v for what is now quire 9. 30-44 long lines; no ruling visible but prick marks along outer margin. Written in a minuscule script by several scribes; ff. 121v-155, possibly somewhat later. Red initials, 5- and 4-line, with void designs on the initial itself and with leafy tendrils, e.g. ff. lv, 86, 107v, 121v; 3- to 1-line plain red initials within the text filled in red; rubrics throughout. On f. 1, added note of 38 lines in a very small, nearly illegible hand on the assumption of the Virgin. Also on f. 1, 4 verses, “Nunc quoque christe pie cui claustra pudica marie/Pervia manserunt miroquo modo patuerunt/ Te rogo regnorum quod in illa parte tuorum/Scriba sit in celis ubi regnat turba fidelis,” and a list of the contents of the book, s. XV, written over an erasure: “In hoc libro continentur gesta anglorum [author’s name added later:] auctore Guillelmo Malmesburiense; Auctoritates sanctorum patrum; Liber Cassiodori senatoris de institutione divinarum scripturarum; De claustro anime non manufacto; Liber de medicina anime; Item liber ad socium volentem nubere; Item ad rangnierum conversum de tribus columbis et aliis avibus; Item sermo de psalmo xxxiii; Item expositio symboli; Item liber sancti iohannis crisostimi de laudibus pauli; [last 2 items added in another hand:] Item Alexander rex de mirabilibus yndie; Item palladius de agricultura.” Note by the same hand, f. 130, “Imperat hic populis tumide non imperat ire” (derived from Ovid, Heroides 11, 17). Bound, ca. 1830, in brown morocco by Charles Lewis; rebacked. Written in the Netherlands, or possibly in England, towards the middle of the twelfth century; ff. 121v-155 may be somewhat later. Belonged to the Cistercian abbey of Aulne in the diocese of Liège. For the 1632 Aulne catalogue, see A. Sanderus, Bibliotheca Belgica Manuscripta (Lille 1641-43/44; repr. London 1967 and in Archives et Bibliothèques de Belgique, n. special 7, Brussels 1972) 2:234-62, this manuscript on pp. 250-51. E. van Balberghe and G. Zelis, “Medieval Libraries of Belgium: A List of Surviving Manuscripts,” Scriptorium 28 (1974) 103-09, HM 627 on p. 109. Acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps in 1831; his MS 4621. Phillipps sale, Sotheby’s, 10 June 1896, lot 846 to Quaritch. Quaritch Cat. 164 (1896) n. 109, Cat. 193 (1899) n. 27. Sotheby’s, 17 December 1919, lot 705 to G. D. Smith. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown.
Secundo folio: (exhi-)buere. Postremo longinque
Bibliography: De Ricci, 72. J. Leclercq, “Textes et manuscrits cisterciens dans diverses bibliothèques,” Analecta Sacri Ordinis Cisterciensis 20 (1964) 217-31, HM 627 on p. 218.
Abbreviations
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)
PG
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia graeca
PL
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologia latina
RS
Rolls Series

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.
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