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Dd. I. 26.
A large folio, on paper, in fair preservation, written about 1610.

The volume has not a title affixed, but may be called An
After a blank space for a heading, the first entry is (p. 1),

‘One paire of bodies of green satten, cut with whit taffeta, with a paire of wearing sleeves of whit satten trymmed with spangled lace.'

In a column on the left margin of each entry is the letter S, and on the right ex.,' except when such notes occur as, (on p. 2)‘at court,' and 'April 17. 1608. to Dorithie,' 'May 11, Mrs Bolstrode.' The pages 6—10, 24, 28, 30 are blank. On p. 11 the entries (but without the S and ex.) recommence with occasional marginal notes as (on p. 12), ‘Delivered into the queens chamber y 16th of Aprill 1611: at grenweh.' After p. 24 the marginal notes become more frequent, and indicate the time and place at which the various garments were received, and the persons by or to whom they were given. The entries terminate with the following (p. 54):

One petty-cott of we satten cutt willowe and cutt downerighte in spaces, and a border belowe the sparrowe bylls the lower parte cutt in scollops bounde with a gold and silver parchment (?) and edged with a shorte golde and silver spangeld frenge and lynde with a narrow taffatye. 16 May: 1611. grenwch.

The remainder of the volume is of blank leaves, except that at the end is 'A survey taken the 23 of March 1607,' of Whalebone bodies,' 'Mantles,' *Vardingales,'' Points of silck and silver,' and ' Ribbons,' occupying portions of 6 pages.

On the covers are the arms of England quarterly with those of Scotland and Ireland, with the regal crown and motto, and a wreath composed of the rose, portcullis, fleur-de-lis, Prince of Wales' feathers, crowned eagle, and thistle.

The volume came into the possession of the University' Munificentia Regia. 1715.

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A very thick folio, on vellum, well-preserved, 536 leaves, double columns, each containing about 62 lines: several illuminations, but none of them remarkable. It was written before the middle of the xvth century (1430—1440). The handwriting is uniform as far as Zechariah viji. HOLY BIBLE, WITH A POCRYPHA, IN ENGLISH.

This version was mainly due to John Purvey, the second leader of the Wycliffite or Lollard party, although it had been based upon the old translation made in Wycliffe's lifetime (see Preface to the Wycliffite Versions, pp. xxiv. sq. Oxf. 1850). The following analysis of the MS. is derived from the same source (p. lii.): "The Books to Esther inclusive have no prologue: Job has two, both of the earlier version: so likewise the Psalter: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have each a prologue in the same version. Those to Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus are of a later version, found only in this MS. Isaiah and Baruch have the usual prologues of the later version; and to Ezekiel and Daniel are prefixed the prologues which are found elsewhere only in the Queen's College Oxford MS. (No. CCCLXXXVIII: see Mr Coxe’s Catalogus, 1. 89, Oxon. 1852]. The prologues in the New Testament agree with the more recent text.'

The books themselves follow the order of the Vulgate, excepting the 'Dedis of Apostles,' which, as in other MSS., is placed between the Epistle to the Hebrews and that of St James. Some peculiar readings are found after Zechariah viii, where the second hand commences (fol. 400).

Between the Old and New Testaments (fol. 423—428) is 'A Reule þat tellip in whiche chapitres of pe bible ze may fynde pe lessons, pistles and gospels pat ben red in pe churche aftir þe usse of Salisberi,' &c. A similar Table is preserved in the Oxford MS. adverted to above.

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A folio, on parchment, like MS. 4. This is described by Nasmith as of the with century, but might, perhaps, be assigned to the xunth; the initial letters to the books are not so large and bold, nor those to the chapters so simple as in MS. 4, The rubrics and capitula are written in a much smaller handwriting than that of the text, which is large and regular. It has suffered from damp, and in consequence the first two leaves are much mutilated, and the last leaf of the text now in the volume is much decayed. It contains 302 pages of 2 columns, and 39 lines in each column.

The title may be derived from the rubric (f. 2 6.)


This is preceded by 'Eusebii ieronimi prebyteri laus qua iosephum computat inter ecclesiasticos scriptores ;' after which, ‘Historiarum Antiquitatis Judaice prologus incipit. These agree with the printed editions of the version by Ruffinus.

The division of the books into chapters corresponds to that in MS. 4, except that Lib. X. contains xv. cap., cap. XII. of (4) making XII. and xin. in this.

The MS. as was said above, is imperfect; the last words being, ‘Mordentur enim qui quosdam apud principes plusquam se.' (Lib. X. c. xi. of MS. Lib. X. c. xiv. of Editions).

There are various corrections of the text, interlinear and marginal.

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A folio, on vellum, 179 leaves; written in double columns of 36 lines each. An excellent MS. and in good preservation. Date not later than the xil th century.

Expositio Bede suPER LUCAM.
Begins (fol. 4, a):

Incipit epistola Acce episcopi ad Bedam presbyterum.
Ends (fol. 179,6):

In lauda dei et benedictione conclusit. amen. Explicit liber omeliarum venerabilis Bede presbyteri super Lucam.

The division into books (but not into chapters) is the same as in the folio edition of 1612.

On fol. 2 and fol. 3 is a list of 55 of the capitula, not following the order of the book itself, though written in the same hand,

On fol. 1 is written,' Liber Sancte Marie de Parcho Lyde,' viz. the Abbey of Louth Park in Lincolnshire : see Tanner and Dugdale.

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A large folio, on parchment, 245 leaves, double columns, written about the commencement of the xu th century. The tops of many of the leaves are cut off or torn, and several whole leaves are missing in many places.

HRABANI MAURI DE UNIVERSO, Libri xxij. There is about a folio missing at the beginning, and the first legible sentence is, ' Sed cum Deus dicitur irasci aut zelare aut dolere nostro usu dicitur,' which is found on p. 57, col. 1, of Vol. I. of Rabani Mauri Opera, Coloniæ Agrippinæ 1627.

The last words are, 'Vela dicta quod objectu suo interiora domorum velent.' (Lib. XXI. cap. XIX. of edition).

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A large folio, on vellum, now containing 326 leaves, in double columns, each column containing about 70 lines. Written in a black-letter character, probably in the xv th century: the large capitals (most of which have been cut out) illuminated in blue, red, and gold; smaller capitals less elaborately ornamented; the margins variously flourished.

THE CATHOLICON OF JANUS JANUENSIS. The MS., which is in other respects also considerably mutilated, has lost 3 or 4 leaves at the commencement, and begins

[Est enim liquescentia quæ dicitur quædam ha]bilitas elementi (a üi.
fol. vers. Ed. Lugd. 1520),
and ends in the middle of the article Stephanus, at the word viduas (H. fol.
vers. edit. cit.)
A strip of parchment is pasted inside the cover at the beginning:

Catholicon ex dono Thome Rotheram
Lincoln Epi. et Cancellarii Anglie.


Dd. I. 32.
A large folio, on parchment, containing 183 leaves; double
columns of about 45 lines each; handwriting of the xuth or
xu th century.

GREGORII MORALIUM Prima Pars in xvi. Libris.

Beatus papa Gregorius librum Job....

opitulante Deo latius disserantur. Explicit liber sextus decimus.
The 3rd leaf, which contained 'mentem melius par flagella' (chap. 4 of
the Epistle to Leander)......' ut par utrum[que]' (chap. 2 of the preface),
is wanting. The first leaf also has been mutilated by cutting out an illumi-
nated initial.


Dd. II. 1-4. Seven folio volumes (formerly bound in four) written on paper, in a hand of the 17th century.

A DIGEST BOOK, or Index to the Law REPORTS, arranged alphabetically from · Abatement to · Waste.'

The vols. are paged throughout, but irregularly, many leaves being interspersed unpaged, some blank, some bearing entries.

Vol. I. is paged from 1 to 466, but with numerous unpaged leaves inserted throughout the volume, some blank, others containing entries.

Vol. II. paged from 467 to 924.
Vol. III. paged from 1 to 470.
Vol. IV. paged from 471 to 927.
Vol. V. paged from 1 to 458.
Vol. VI. paged from 459 to 949, for 299.
Vol. VII. paged from 1 to 383.

At the end a Table or alphabetical index has been begun, but only one page is completed.



Dd. 11. 5. The original portion of this fine folio consists of 252 leaves of parchment, written in a large bold hand of the xiv th century, each page containing 24 lines 44 inches wide, with a margin of the same width. The continuation on ff. 253, 254 has been supplied in a later hand; then follow 2 leaves making up the 256 mentioned by Abp Parker, in the Catalogue of whose donation is the title


'Author huius operis monachus Abindoniæ ut in fol. 47 a. 42 a. 100 a. 216. 38 b. 40 a.' is one of the notes by Abp Parker on the inside of the first

See Mon. Hist. Brit. Introd. p. 30. The Chronicle, which is nearly identical with Liber in. of Chronicon Gualt. Hemingford, extends over a period of 91 years (1216—1307, Hen. III. and Edw. I.); see Hamilton's edition of the latter published by the Eng. Hist. Society, Vol. I. p. 257–Vol. II. p. 268. Begins (f. 1):

Anno a plenitudine temporis quo misit deus filium suum in mundum mocco.xvio: sublato de medio rege Johanne Willelmus comes marescallus vir magnæ auctoritatis ... Ends (f. 254, a):

Appositusque est ad patres suos Rex fortissimus prudentissimus et sapientissimus Anno etatis sue sexagesimo octavo et regni sui tricesimo quinto. ffinis.

Appended is a note (? by the scribe employed by Abp Parker), 'Prosequitur historiam Edwardi secundi ab anno 1307 ad annum 1313 inclusive hic author Gualterus hemyngeforde Canonicus Gisburnensis : quem hic Scriptor Abendonensis in hac historia henr. tertii et Edwardi primi sequitur maxime. pluribus tamen ab eo adiectis, et ad annos aliquanto accuratius dispositis. Scribit etiam predictus. G. historiam Edwardi III' ad annum

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