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clear bold hand of the second half of the thirteenth century,
33 lines to the page ; bd.
About 1280 52 10 0
A very valuable MS. of which note has been taken in Hardy's
MS. materials of English history. The rhymed Predictions of Merlin
are in a better style of French than the piece of Tristran which is
written (about 1300) on the last page. This last addition is in a
cramped hand with abbreviations, but it is an early specimen of the text. 21 GRAMMATICA LATINA. A work in five books, beginning Etsi scio
.. nullos hanc meam admiraturos esse audaciam quod Prisciani
precepta de arte grammatica brevius ausus sim colligere, Tamen ...
and ending on fol. 92 with a quotation from Horace: Phoebe silvar-
umque potens Diana .
to illustrate a combination of the Adonic and
Sapphic rhythms. On the same leaf follows the dedication, beginning
Habes mi Antoni ab observantissimo tui munus non satis celsitudine
tua dignum . . and ending ipsi tibi queas ac ceteris inservire on the
reverse of fol. 92. Small 4to. MS. ON VELLUM, in semi-Italic characters;
bound in calf, from the Phillipps' collection
About 1460 3 3 0 The author's name does not appear. He was evidently the tutor of the Antonio to whom his book is dedicated ; this Antonio being the recognised heir to some sovereign
prince who, it is insinuated, was excellent in learning and in arms.
22 GUIDO COLONNA. Page 1: CI COMMENCE LI PROLOGUE
DE LA VRAYE HISTOIRE DE TROYE. Li anciens Sages que
de philosophie erent mettre [i.e. maistres] nous deffendent
amener nre vie octieusemt et sans labour et pource q
curieuse esmuet et encline le corps a doctrines ... Page 2:
quoy li liure parole. Et
pource que nous entendons a
traictier les anciennes hystoires non mie tant seulement
pour desir et prouffit des autres et nulz en est moins
saichans de moy Page 217, column 2:.. Si vous
ay ore menee a fin la vraye histoire de troye en la maniere
que elle fu trouuee escripte en larmaire de saint piere
doreynte en greyois lenguage, et du greyois fu mise en
latin et je lay translatee en francois non pas par rimes ne
par vers ou il conuient auoir par fine force maintes men-
conges com font ces menestrelz que de leur langue font
maintes foiz rois et contes de quoy ilz font souuent leur
prouffit et autrui domage mais par droit comme selon ce
que je la trouuay, sans riens couurir de verite ou de
mensonge demonstrer en tele maniere que nul ny pourroit
riens aioindre ne mermer [i.e. diminuer] que pour vraye
deust estre tenue et comme il fu etc. Explicit la vraye
histoire de Troye.
Small folio, MS. ON VELLUM, in lettres bâtardes, double columns, 34 lines to the column, numerous illuminated initials, and 17 VERY FINE MINIATURES with borders; old rough calf, enclosed in a red leather case Written about 1460-65 440 0 0
An escutcheon in one of the miniatures shows that the book was illuminated for a member of the Breton family of Tournemine; probably Gilles Tournemine, a distinguished warrior in the second half of the fifteenth century.
This is the same text as appears in the British Museum Additional MS. 9785, but here we have a folio on vellum with miniatures, while the B. M. copy is in quarto on paper without miniatures. The B. M. copy begins with the passage which in the above MS. appears
d. in the second column of pa. 11: Apres deferma medea vn petit estrignet, si en trait hors vne ymaige oudree par art soutilment et li bailla et dist tu porteras ce auec toy
The Miniatures are of the most varied and interesting character, such indeed as are very seldom seen in MSS. outside museums or other public institutions. They aptly illustrate the costume and armour of the period by pictures of war, love, and courtly splendour.
The book appears to have been written in fifteen quires, of which the last had ten leaves, the others being in eights; which would amount to 121 written leaves and a final blank. We have only 109 leaves in consequence of the following deficiencies. In quire II its leaf 1 is wanting, in V its fifth, in Vĩ the third and fifth, in X the third and fifth, in XI the fifth and sixth, in XII the first and sixth, in
XIII the eighth, and in XIV the seventh.
22*HERBAL. Fol. 1 blank. Foll. 2-8 contain an alphabetical index of the
articles. Fol. 9: De Iride . | Iris a celestis arcus similitudine dicitur
.. Fol. 55: De Hyssopo : | Duorum generum Hyssopus est . :
Small 8vo. MS. on paper, by an Italian hand; calf neat About 1460 2 16 0
From the collection of H. Drury, Master of Harrow.
23 HOMER. IAIAAOC AADA OMHPOY PAVNAIAC... The Iliad, Books 1-15
with Glosses, all in Greek, sm. folio, neat MS. on glazed paper, the text in
black ink and the glosses in red; in the original (mended) stamped calf
binding, apparently Venetian
About 1480 15 0 0
Text and gloss are both in the same Greek hand ; evidently by one of the refugees
from the East. The papermarks are a rampant horse, two arrows crossed like an X,
and a rod rising from the calix of a flower.
From inscriptions on the fly-leaves we learn that the MS. at the beginning of the
sixteenth century belonged to Johannes Loffelholcz (Löffelholz), a Greek and
Latin scholar, and after he died, it was given, in 1510, to Johannes Geuder of
Some of the letter-forms seem to show that the scribe had an ancient codex
before him. 24 HOMER. A small 4to. MS. in Greek, about 620 pp. in the original stamped black leather
About 1650 4 4 0
θεοφίλου Κορυδαλέως .. "Εκθεσις περί επιστολικών τύπων with interlineal glosses.
- Emiotolai éykwuiaotikai. Romaic and Greek. 101 pp.
Γρηγορίου του Θεολόγου Τετράστιχα. With interlineal glosses. 156 pp.
HOMER. Ex tùy this r [A, E] Paywóías. Text of Books 3, 4, and lines 1-403 of
Book 5, of the Iliad.
Etnynois. Prose commentary on the same. 76 pr.
ARISTOTLE. Εις άπασαν την Λογικής του Αριστοτέλους. παρά Γεωργίου ιερέως
του Σουγδουρη, των εξ Ιωαννίνων. 81 pp.
25 HORÆ. B. V. M. etc. (ad usum Turonensem). Small 4to. ILLUMINATED
MS. ON VELLUM, with 12 MINIATURES, some of them a little rubbed, with
numerous ornamental initials, and many pretty floral borders; calf, with
the gilt covers of the sixteenth-century binding preserved on the sides
(Tours ?) about 1445-50 24 0 0 The book is perfect with the exception of the first leaf of the Penitential Psalms.
It is shown to bave been written at Tours in this way. The Calendar has two entries for St. Gatian ; in the Suffrages of Saints, SS. Martin and Gatian immediately follow St. Laurence, and precede St. Nicolaus ; in the Litany, Gatian and Martin are invoked immediately after Silvester and before St. Nicolaus.
The "use" is neither that of Paris, nor that of Rome.
26 HORÆ B. V. M. etc. (secundum usum quemdam Franciæ).
Small 4to. ILLUMINATED MS. ON VELLUM, with 10 MINIA-
TURES, hundreds of gilt and
painted initials, and numerous
pretty floral borders; old French olive morocco extra, gilt
(Abbeville ? ) about 1450-60 42 0 0 There are a great many specially French saints in the Calendar, but the chief one is “S. Romainge" on the 23 October, written in gold.
£ 8. d.
His name is the only one so decorated, except the saints of the early
Church. This ought to be decisive that the MS. was written in Nor-
mandy, but there are some names which seem to point rather to Picardy
than to Normandy as the region of the book's origin. Romain is not in
the Litany, which however includes S. Judocus or Josse, who is not
in the Calendar. We may therefore assign the book to some place
between Rouen and Ponthien, perhaps Abbeville.
The miniatures are : St. John at Patmos, the Annunciation, the
Visitation, the Nativity, the Warning of the Shepherds, King David,
the Crucifixion, the Descent of the Holy Ghost, the Service for the
Dead, the Virgin and the dead Christ.
Some hymns and prayers are added on a hand of about 1490, and
there is on one page a ciphered memorandum dated 1643.
27 HORÆ B.V.M., Sanctæ Crucis, Spiritus sancti, et Trinitatis, small 4to. MS.
ON VELLUM, with 10 borders, 5 MINIATURES, and a great number of
illuminated letters ; somewhat damaged by use; blue morocco extra, with
the arms of the Hon. W. F. Spencer-Ponsonby on the sides
Written in England by a Flemish hand about 1450 12 12 0
Among the Saints in the Calendar are Milburga, David, Edward, Cuthbert,
Richard, Alphege, Fremand (an English martyr), Dunstan, Augustin of Canterbury,
Edmond the Archbishop, Transl. of Richard, Trans. of Edward, Alban, Transl. of
Thomas of Canterbury, Mildred (a duplex), Trausl. of Swithin, King Oswald, Cuth-
burga, Trans. of Edward, Wulfram, Frideswida, Brice, Edmund Archb., Edmund
the King, Hugh of Lincoln, Thomas of Canterbury. Such mistakes as Albin for
Alban, as Frede swicke for Frideswida, indicate a foreign writer, but the Use is the
Romanised Anglican of some place in England where Mildred was held in high
reverence. The scribe was evidently a Fleming and a Dominican ; to judge from
various entires in the Calendar. It the Litany, we fine SS. Thomas, Edward, David,
Ethmand, Remigius, Vedastius, and Amandus. In the Suffrages of Saints, Thomas
of Canterbury is commemorated.
28 HORÆ B. V. M. etc. Small 4to. RICHLY ILLUMINATED
MS. ON VELLUM, with many fine initials and floral
borders, 12 large and 9 small MINIATURES well designed and
beautifully executed ; in a splendid binding of morocco,
decorated with a brilliant gilding of geometrical figures,
spirals, fanfares and wreaths of foliage, in the style usually
attributed to Clovis Eve (about 1615-20)
(Paris?) About 1470 72 0 0
A lovely book inside and outside. Stev. Genevieve is found in
gold letters in the Calendar; she is also one of the Saints in the
litany, and she is included among the special Saints who have offices
of commemoration at the end of the book. We may therefore assume
that the MS. was executed in or near Paris. The Calendar is in
French, as are also the rubricated headings of many of the prayers,
and the two sets of Prayers which begin Douce Dame and Beau sire
Dieu. The Use is French, and Rex noster stands in the place usually
occupied by the Dominus Apostolicus.
The figure-designs in the miniatures have a stately repose in their attitudes which resembles rather the Italian style than the French, the work, however, being unmistakably French. The binding is a beautiful work of art executed by a binder who will, I think, be ultimately identified with Le Gascon, in the days before he took to
29 HEURES DE LA VIERGE etc., des Ursins-Montbéron.
Small 8vo. (12mo.) BEAUTIFUL ILLUMINATED MS. ON
VELLUM ; with leaf-and-flower borders, and 9 fine MINA-
TURES IN GRISAILLE ; red morocco, a handsome French
binding done in Le Gascon's time
About 1446 150 0 0 The illumination, as we glean from the numerous armorial emblazonments, was done (in 1446), probably for Jouvenel des Ursius
£ 8.4 Bishop of Laon, as a present for his brother Michel on the marriage in that year of the latter with Yolande de Montberon. It was just at that time that the ambitious churchman had added des Ursins to his name of Jouvenel, and claimed an absurd relationship to the Orsini. Hence the great number of escutcheons given in this book, and the many figures of bears as supporters. The decoration of the book is elegant and done with considerable taste. In the Miniatures the figures are in camaieu-gris, but the backgrounds are coloured. A few
leaves are missing. 30 JONSON (Ben) THE GYPSEYES CHANG'D (a Masque), small 4to. MS. on paper,
Pp. bds. UNIQUE, said by Gifford to be in the AUTOGRAPH
OF RARE BEN HIMSELF, from the Phillipps Collection About 1622 12 12 0
This humorous Masque was printed in 1640 by itself (surreptitiously), and in
1641 in the folio, under the title of the Gipsies Metamorphosed. Gifford used this MS.
(then in Heber's possession) for his text, and says, “The folio is here grievously
incorrect. Tho surreptitious copy . . leaves many errors. These I have been
enabled . . to remove by the assistance of a M$. . . This which is in his own hand
and is perhaps the only MS. piece of Jonson's in existence, is more full and correct than
either of the printed copies . . and is certainly prior to them both.”
The masque was played at Burleigh, at Belvoir, and at Windsor in 1621 before the Court. This MS. notes the variations made at each place.
It is possible, notwithstanding Gifford's opinion to the contrary, that the book is not in Ben Jonson's autograph ; but its value in any case is very high as a unique MS. giving the best form of the text, and as being considerably anterior to the printed
editions. 31 JUVENAL. Fol. 1: Semper ego auditor tantum ? nunquamne reponam ?
Vexatus Leaf 102: . . ventri indulsit non omne legumen.
Sm. 4to. MS. on vellum, written in Roman characters by an Italian hand, 19 lines to the page; the first page decorated with a fine interlaced initial, and two emblazoned escutcheons ; calf, from the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps
About 1450-60 10 0 0 The older of the two escutcheons on the first page was painted about 1470 for a man whose initials were F. R., and whose bearing was like that of the Tagliavia (see Ginanni). A later owner, about 1500, was P. L., whose arms are azure, three cinq foils (tuo and one) or ; with a chief, or, bearing three besants, azure, fesswise.
The number of the Satires is complete, but the last and second last have changed
32 LANFRANCO. Here begynnythe the prologe of þe Anothomy of Mayster'
Langfranke of Meleyn Surgur' & ffesycian compylede & chapyterd in
fygurs as folowithe. All thowe it be by hight to det'myn' Anothomy,
the entent was not to nowmbr' all membris in pticuler', þouz þe old'
Surgers bene wont to deayd' in noumbr' membrys pticulerly
fol. 15 ends the fifth chapter of Anatomy. Fol. 16: Hire begynnyth
the lese book compiled & made by maist' Lanffrank of Meleyne
Surgur' & phesician pmo if the wound' be made withe a swerd'
16-18 contain a table. Fol. 19: Here begynnyþe pe ploge of þe las
book'. . The tex t ends on fol. 49. Fol. 50: Of all the sygnes of the
body wtin declaryng tweyn þe strongest beth yfounde.. Fol. 53-57
contain a set of recipes. Fol. 58: Electuariū dulce. It purgetbe pe
flewme . . F'ol. 66 reverse. Her' endethe a tretice of powders pillules
.. Explicit. Fol. 67: Emanuel. A good emplast' that ys seyd
Emanuell or pe goodnes of god . . Fol. 68: This was writtyn fro
Monpileris to be Quen essabell of England atte be prayer of kyng
of Fraunce his brother . . Foll. 71-86 contain a list of medical herbs,
beginning Aloe ys hoote and drye end ending Zinziber Gingiuer
Roy. 8vo. MS. ON VELLUM ; bound in rough calf About 1470-80 32 0 0
Additional recipes by the scribe and others of the same period are added upon several of the blank pages.
This is a rare and interesting MS. of the Magna et Parva Chirurgia of Lanfranco --one of the greatest physicians of the Middle Ages—in a ffteenth-century English form.
33 MANDEVILLE. Page 1: Come il soit ainsi que la terre doultremer Cest
assauoir la terre saincte de promission entre toutes autres terres soit
la plus excellente . . Page 3: .. le Jehan de mandeuille chlr ja
soit ce que ne soie dignes, nes et nourris dangleterre de la ville de
saint albain, qui passe la mer lan Mil CCC et xxij : . Page 197: .
Et ie Jehan de mandeuille dessusdit qui me parti de ntre pais et
passay la mer lan de grace Mil CCC et xxij qui mainte terre et maint
pais ay puis cerchie et qui ay este en mainte bonne copaignie et veu
maint beau fait combien que ne fise onqs beau fait ne belle empr ne
autre bn de quoy on doie tenir compte et qui maintenant say reuenus
a Repos maugre moy pour gouste artetiqs qui moy destroignent en
prendre soulas en mon chief repos et en recordant le temps passe ay
ces choses compulees et mise en escript ce quil me puet souuenir lan
de grace mil CCC lvij du XXXV an que ie men pti de nre pais Si
prie atous les lisans . . . p tous siecles et p tout temps Amen Explicit
4to. MS. ON VELLUM, with one bordered initial, illuminated, on the
first page; brown morocco antique
About 1380-90 25 00 Written by a French hand. The scribe was unable to understand the passage in which the author says that we English have two letters, þ and }, which the other people know not, and consequently does not give it clearly; but he has made the Arab cry of faith more nearly correct than it is found in most of the MSS.—thus : La elech
ella (allah) machomed rosel alla.
34 MANDEVILLE. Page 1: De Itineracione terre promissionis
et aliis mirandis insulis liber iohis demandeuille militis.
Cum terra Ierosolimitana terra promissionis filiorum dei
dignior cunctis mundi terris sit habenda .. Page 145: ..
De composicione huius tractatus in nobili ciuitate Leo-
diensi. Capituluz 52.
52. In reuertendo igitur Itaque
anno anatiuitate dni M.ccc. lv. in repatriando cum ad
nobilem legie seu leodij ciuitatem peruenissem et pergrandi
in infirmitate ut arteticis guttis illic decumberem in uico
qui dicitur bassauenir consului circa convalescendi aliquos
medicos ciuitatis Et accidit .. intrare physicus super alios
etate similiter ac canitie venerandus . . communiter dicitur
Magister Iohannes d Barban . . Page 146: . . Explicit
libellus . . scriptus p me fratrem iohannem Swanfelder
ordis fratrum .. de monte carmeli .. Anno dni M cccclvij . .
Pp. 147-8 contain the Table of chapters.
ST. PATRICK'S PURGATORY. George of Hun-
gary's Pilgrimage. Page 149: Incipit plogus dni Nicolai
Epi Glotensis [i.e. Clochorensis] Pa. 150: Prima
litera Richardi Archiepi, Archatanensis [i.e. Ardmachensis]
ad Georgium Pa. 151: Secunda litera .. Pa. 152:
Litera Pauli Prioris Conventus insule Purgatorii
Pa. 153 : Litera dni Nicolai cloton. [Clochorensis] testi-
Pa. 154 : Lra Prioris Johannis de Foro Iuli
Hospitalis S. Iohannis in Ybernia . . . Incipit Hijstoria
Georgii Pa. 156: Littera dni Ricardi Archiepi
Armacatanensis .. Pa. 157 : Littera Ricardi ad Priorem
Pa. 159 : De Introitu Purgatorij S. Pa-
tricij . . Pa. 163 : Prima Visio .. Pa. 216: Quomodo
reuersus est ad capellam sancti Patricij. Pa. 217 :
Johannes Swanfelder Scriptor huius libelli.