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vii. 15 and 16, but the writing is smaller, and the letters are rounder. The Volume formerly belonged to the Monastery of St Alban's, as appears from a rubrick at the foot of the Preface: 'Hic est liber sci Albani, quem qui ei abstulerit aut titulum deleverit vel mutaverit anathema sit. Amen.'
1. ff. 1 a, 1-2016, 1.
* Incipit Prefatio Sancti Ieronimi Presbiteri in Expositionem
Proxime cum Origenis Psalterium...
... in cuncta secula seculorum. Amen.
2. ff. 2016, 1-202 a, 2.
Taken from Bede, Expos. in Lucam, Lib. 11. Opp. Col. Agr. 1612. Vol. v.
In illo kapitulo. Egressus est, &c. (iv. 14.]
Virtute spiritus, signa miraculorum, &c.
... illius per omnia indigere muneribus, illius se posse credentes sanari virtutibus ; cui est cum eterno &c.
Dd. VIII. 7. A folio, on parchment, imperfect, containing ff. 431, in double columns, of 54 lines each, written about the middle of the xivth century.
1. A fragment of MARCI PAULI VENETI HISTORIA TARTARORUM.
Begins (f. 1) with what corresponds to a portion of Lib. 11. c. xlii. of the text in Novus Orbis :
Myen uenit ut exercitum illius inuaderet. Tartari uero audacter occurrerunt illi. Cum igitur equi Tartarorum uiderunt elephantes. ... Ends (f. 7):
Est autem regio illa frigida super modum et usque ad oceanum mare protenditur. Explicit Historia tartarorum. This MS. wants therefore the concluding sentence given in the edition and in the MS. No. 17, § 12, though with the text of the latter it very closely agrees.
2. Comparing this with No. 1750, we may entitle it,
HISTORIA POLICHRONICA RANULPHI CESTRENSIS. An alphabetical index occupies ff. 8–14, without a rubrick, and with merely a few lines of explanation beginning, “Ad subsequentis tabule noticiam,...' the initial letter containing a portrait of a king.
What at its end is termed 'prologus historice polichronice,' begins (f.15), 'In historico namque contextu cronographorum diligencia nobis delegato relucet clarius norma morum, forma vivendi,...' and is continued on the next leaf marked i by the scribe. After this follows:
Incipit historia policronica.
Iulius Cesar diuinis humanisque rebus singulariter instructus cum consulatus sui fasces ageret, ex senatus consulto censuit omnem orbem
per prudentes uiros admetiri.
In the text following the chapters are not marked. The leaves are numbered by the scribe for the purpose of the index, and his enumeration is adopted in what follows.
On f. 24, “Incipit liber secundus,...' and the initial letters of this and the other books are worthy of note: that of Lib. vii. is on f. 321.
The leaves between those marked 249 and 305, containing the history for A.D. 604—944, are missing, as also are those between 345 and 382 corresponding to the period a.d. 1153—1245. The scribe's enumeration does not extend beyond f. 419, and his references in the index do not go beyond f. 401; the handwriting at this place also differs slightly from what precedes. On f. 411 and ff. 413—415 are additions at the foot of the page, that on f. 415 under the date 1337—8, recording that hoc anno yems asperrima extitit in Anglia et durauit gelu maximum a 5 Kal. Decembris ad 4 Idus Februarii et niues nulle.'
On f. 424, at the beginning of the year 1342, a different handwriting commences and continues to the conclusion (f. 4310), without a rubrick, under the date A.D. 1347, 21 Edw. III.:
...Eodem anno post annalem fere obsidionem famis coacti molestia qui intus erant salvis vita et incubis egressi sunt. Et regi Anglie urbs
Calesii reddita est.
A folio, on parchment, of 163 leaves, in double columns, of 42 lines each, probably of the xuth century.
RABANI MAURI COMMENTARII IN SANCTUM MATTHEUM.
f. 16 contains an index of contents to the chapters in the Volume, for purposes of reference, written in a later hand.
After the prologue, ‘Memor itaque illius precepti,...' and index of chap-
Expositionem itaque scripturus ...
In unitate Spiritus Sancti per omnia secula seculorum. Amen.
Dd. VIII. 9.
1. SUPERVISUS MANERII DE BLEWBERIE in com. Bark. parcellæ terrarum et possessionum Charoli Principis Walliæ, Ducis Cornubiæ et Eborum et Comitis Cestriæ, inter alia concessæ dicto principi per Jacobum nunc regem Angliæ in augmentacionem reventium ipsius principis.' A.D. 1617.
2. • SUPERVISUS MANERII DE Shippon in Com. Bark. parcellæ terrarum et possessionum Charoli principis Walliæ ... Ducat. suo Cornub, nunc spectan. per excamb. pro Byflet et Waybridge in Surr.'
Dd. VIII. 10. A folio, on parchment, containing ff. 217. Handwriting of the xivth century.
* TERTIA PARS IN FORCI ATI CUM Glossa,' divided into 14 books, beginning at Tit. 3. Lib. 24. Digestorum ;' and ending with Lib. 38. Initial letter cut out.
This volume appears, from the words 'jacet in cista de ' on the fly-leaf, to have been formerly deposited as security for a sum of money.
A folio, on parchment, containing ff. 276, with a page of index at the end. Handwriting of the xivth century.
Sancti GregorI DECRETALIUM. Lib. v. cum glossa.
Dd. VIII. 12. A large folio, on vellum, containing ff. 464, in double columns, with 53 lines in each column. There are rich illuminated initial letters. Date, the xivth century.
BIBLIA VULGATA SANCTI HIERONYMI. The first 5 leaves are occupied with a metrical summary of the events of the Bible, headed
‘Summaria copulacio metrificata dicens...' Then follows the epistle of Jeremiah (Baruch vi.), and then St Jerome's usual prologue. Genesis begins f. 10, the initial I containing a vertical row of vignettes of the Creation. The books occur in the usual order, excepting that the Book of Baruch and the Acts follow the Epistle to the Hebrews. Of the Psalter there are two versions, the ordinary Vulgate and that of St Jerome from the Hebrew, as given in Sabatier's edition. A canon of the lessons follows the books of Maccabees, the preface to St Matthew beginning f. 371. After the Apocalypse is an index of names, a metrical summary of the gospels, and lastly a genealogy down to our Lord's time of Jewish kings and others, in a different hand. Before each book is an index of the chapters with contents. On the cover is written a list of the books of the Bible, and a recipe 'to make water for yzen;' and before the Psalter one ad incaustum nigrum faciendum.'
Dd. VIII. 13.
Rabanus MAURUS DE UNIVERSO.
Aquarum nature diversitas ...
a quocunque fuerit ascensus excurrit.
Dd. VIII. 14. A folio, on parchment, of 292 leaves and a fragment, in double columns, of from 36 to 42 lines each, of the with century. The initial letters are illuminated.
· ROBERTI PRIORIS DE BERLINTONA COMPILATIONES IN EPISTOLAS Pauli Apostoli.'
Begins (after the Preface, 'Sicut et aliarum mearum compilationum...' and the Prologue ‘Primum queritur'), f. 3b1, with the words,
Paulus Servus Christi Jesu-Anselmus Paulus hebraice, quietus Grece... Ends, on a fragment after f. 292:
... minus perfectis ut crescant, incorrectis ut resipiscant.
Explicit liber compilationum domini Roberti, &c. The compilation consists of extracts from various Fathers whose names are given; the author says in his own preface, 'Quas diverso modo,' &c.
The four leaves prefixed in the volume to the above treatise, in a hand apparently of the xvth century, contain
1. DE OPERIBUS SEX DIERUM.' Begins:
In principio &c. fratres karissimi secuti Paulus per revelationem didicit... Ends, on 3rd leaf 61:
... qui id facturus erat propria voluntate per culpam, et ordinandus domini equitate per penam. 2. A Treatise De PENITENTIA.' Which seems to have consisted of nine chapters, but has been mutilated. Begins :
In penitentia autem que peccatorum considerare oporteat... Ends :
...omni igitur a malo sic mentem revocat ut commissa plangat et plangenda committere non velit ne... The first of the above treatises is probably, and the second possibly, by the same author as the Commentary. v. Tanner, Bibl. Lond. 1748, p. 657.
Robert (also called Scriba) 4th Prior of Bridlington (or Burlington) in Yorkshire, flourished at the close of the with century. v. Tanner as above.
The second side of the 4th leaf contains a Table of the Lessons, for Sundays and Festivals, taken out of St Paul's Epistles. On the fly-leaf is :
• 14th Feb. 1635. This booke, intituled Compilationes Roberti Prioris de Berlintona in Epistolas Pauli Apostoli, being bequeathed to the publike Library of this University of Cambridg by the last Will and Testament of Mr Thomas Peirson, Rector of Brampton Brian in the County and Diocess of Hereford, sometimes Master of Arts in Emanuell Colledg, was brought and delivered by Mr Christofer Hardy one of the Executors of the saide Mr Peirson.'
• This Mr Peirson was in his yonger days a frequent coadjutor to that great theologue Mr Perkins.'