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14 BEDAE Historia Ecclesiastica, Latine, et Saxonice [reddita à Rege Aluredo]; una cum reliquis ejus operibus historicis, Latine, cura et studio Johannis Smith, folio, frontispiece, map, and plates; hf. russia


Cantabrigiæ, 1722
Historiæ Ecclesiasticae libri III-IV, edited (in Latin) by John E.
B. Mayor and J. R. Lumby, fourth edition, 12mo. cloth, new

Cambridge, 1893 15 KING ALFRED (848-900) Anglo-Saxon version of Boethius, with an English translation and notes by J. S. Cardale, 8vo. calf gilt, uncut



Anglo-Saxon Version of the compendious History of the World by Orosius, edited by Bosworth. Roy. 8vo., with map and facsimiles; cloth

£ 8. d.

1 4 0


1 5 0

1859 0 7 6

The Anglo-Saxon text with literal English translation, notes, and an essay on
King Alfred's geography.

When King Alfred took to writing on Engelsc, i.e. in the cultivated written
speech of the North, as distinguished from the colloquial speech of the West Saxons,
the English and the England of to-day had their baptism.

see BEDE HISTORIA, ante No. 14

17 BIBLE-TRANSLATORS, from 900 to 1100. THE GOSPELS of the
fower Euangelistes translated in the old Saxons tyme out of Latin
into the vulgare toung of the Saxons, newly collected out of Auncient
Monumentes of the sayd Saxons AT LONDON. Printed by Iohn
Daye . . 1571 . . (Anglish and English in parallel columns, edited by
John Foxe the Martyrologist, who signs the preface)
Small 4to. pp. xii and 408; fine copy in old calf




1571 18 0 0

the same, a large and very fine copy in brown morocco extra, gilt copy, by Bedford

1571 21 0 0

the same, JOHN FOXE'S OWN COPY, with his autograph inscription on the title; calf, with the bookplate of the Tempsford Hall library (Stuart)

1571 20 0 0 The edition was the property of Matthew Parker, so that even the editor had to acknowledge his indebtedness to the prelate for a copy. The inscription on the title, though unsigned, is in Foxe's unmistakable autograph. "Ex dono Reuerendiss. in Chro. pris Matthæi Cantuariensis Archiepi. 1571." It gives considerable interest to this copy. Alfred is supposed to have made a translation of the Bible.

19 GOSPEL according to SAINT MATTHEW in Anglo-Saxon and Northumbrian versions synoptically arranged, with collations of all the best manuscripts. [Edited by J. M. KEMBLE and C. HARDWICK]. 4to., cloth Cambridge (1858) 20 GOSPEL according to SAINT MARK in Anglo-Saxon and Northumbrian versions synoptically arranged, with collations exhibiting all the readings of all the MSS. Edited by Rev. W. W. SKEAT. 4to., cloth


ibid., 1871 076 The

Poetry of the Codex Vercellensis, with an English Translation-The
Dialogue of Salomon and Saturnus, with an Historical Introduction-
2 works in 1 vol., 8vo., calf
Alfric Society, 1843-48
22 CODEX EXONIENSIS. A Collection of Anglo-Saxon Poetry, with an English
Translation, Notes, and Indexes, by Thorpe. Roy. 8vo., with facsimile;



23 WRITERS OF THE ELEVENTH CENTURY. ELFRIC. The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church. The first part, containing the Sermones Catholici, or Homilies of Elfric. În the original Anglo-Saxon, with an English version. By Benjamin THORPE. Elfric Society, 1844-46

2 vols., 8vo., calf gilt

24 ETTMÜLLER (L.). Engla and Seaxna, Scôpas and Bôceras. Anglosaxonum Poëtae atque Scriptores Prosaici. 8vo., sd. 2s; or, half calf,


0 10 6

1 4 0


Quedlinburgii, 1850

03 6

25 GREIN (C. W. M.). Bibliothek der Angelsächsischen Poesie in kritisch bearbeiteten Texten und mit vollständigem Glossar. 4 vols. in 3, 8vo., half calf Goettingen, 1857-64 26 EADMER (Abbot of St. Alban's, died 1124). LIFE OF ST. WILFRID . INCIPIT UITA STI WILFRIDI EBORACENSIS ARCHIEPI. Anno igitur ab incarnatione u'bi dei sexcentesimo tricesimo quarto regnante in cantia eadbaldo et in nordhumbria. . sanctissimo rege oswaldo. . 4to. MS. ON VELLUM, with painted initials; 36 leaves (72 pp.) twenty-seven lines to the page, written by an English hand; bound in russia extra

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An important and rare text. It ends on the second line of p. 67, with the word
Amen. Then the phrase "Probavit dicens" is followed by five pages of text (plainly
transcribed from Bede) giving the disputation as to Easter between Colman and
Wilfrid. Then succeeds "Defunctus est autem in monasterio . . ." with the metrical
Epitaph from Wilfrid's burial place in Ripon Monastery.

This work, composed about the year 1100, has been printed by Mabillon in the
Acts of the Benedictine Saints; it ought to be printed among the Monumenta Historica
Britannica. MSS. are excessively rare.

27 WILLIAM OF MALMESBURY (1095-1143). De Gestis Anglorum .
Anno ab incarnatione dni. cccc xlix uenere angli z saxones britanniam
Aduentus causam licet usquequaq; decantatam non erit ab re hic
retexere. It breaks off suddenly on leaf 43 near the end of the third book,
A.D. 1087; and then goes on with De confessione in ultimis positorum
which ends with leaf 44a. On 446 Incipit pfatio Cassiodori senatoris
in libro de institutione diuinarum scripturarum . . It breaks off with
fol. 53. On 54-57 there is an acephalous treatise De claustro spirituali
non manufacto. 58-63 contain the Liber de medicina anime. On
leaf 64 Libellus ad socium volentem nubere which ends on leaf 69, and
is followed by Libellus cuiusdam ad Ragnierum de tribus columbis
et aliis avibus. This ends on leaf 83. On leaf 84 begins Sermo de eo
quod septum est in psalmo xxxiii. On leaf 86: Incipit liber sci Iohis
csostomi de laudibus beati Pauli, seven Homilies which end on leaf 110.
Sermo in natali sci iohannis euangeliste, with other Homilies ending on
121a. 121b: Incipit Alexandri Magni et Dindimi regis Bragmano-
rum de phylosophia per litteras collatio ends on 130a. 130b: Palladii
opus agriculture ends on leaf 155

8vo. MS. ON VELLUM in various styles of writing, but apparently all by one hand, with ornamental initials, 30, 34, 36, and 40 lines to the page, in fine minute thirteenth century writing; gilt russia, from the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps About 1250 48 0 0

28 GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH (1100-1154). De Gestis Regum Britannie Insule. Dum mecum multa et de multis sepius animo revolvens in historiam regum britannie inciderem in mirum contuli quod infra mentionem quandam de eis Gildas et Beda luculento tractatu fecerant nichil.. Leaf 90b: . . Willelmo Malmesburiensi et Henrico Hontendone si quos de regibus brittonum tacere iubeo cum non habeant librum illum brittannici sermonis quem Walterus Oxonefordensis Archidiaconus ex brittania aduexit quem in latinum sermonem transferre curaui. Explicit ... Hic incipit Vaticinia Merlini Galf. En lestorie de bretaigne maior | Dunt li breton primes furent seignor | Trouù escrit quil la pdirent | E par famine si la guerpirent | Reis Kadwaladres tot li meillor | Alerent en bretaigne menor.. Leaf 99a, the last eleven lines are slighty later and end thus: . . Deu mette helys a bone fin | Ki en romanz trislata le M'lin. Explicit liber de uaticiniis merlini. 996 and 100a contain a Latin Prayer by the hand which added the blessing on Helis on fol. 99. Leaf 100b contains 33 lines of the prose romance of Tristan in French

Small 8vo. FINE MS. ON VELLUM, in a small round hand of the thirteenth century, 33 lines to the page; hf. bd. About 1275 50 0 0

A MS. of great value, from the famous collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps. The

page of Tristan begins with the words "Quant ttran vint dewant li reis muit si psnt de
poure.." and consists of thirty-three lines written about the year 1300. The appearance
of the name of Helys as the translator of Merlin into Romance is an interesting bit of
literary history.

(died 1153), and other old Chroniclers

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In a volume of the following contents
1. Incipit epla Bede in libm DE YMAGINE MUNDI De ymagine mundi . .
Mundus dicitur quasi undique motus. . (a description of the world
attributed to HENRY OF HUNTINGDON)

pp. 1-33
2. Vita Secundi philosophi de greco in latinum translata a Will medico
3. Chronological Table (full of errors but evidently composed in 1306)



4. Transcripta Testamentorum XII Patriarcharum (said to have been translated from the Greek by ROBERT GROSSETESTE or Grouthead, Bishop of Lincoln, who died in 1253) 38-79 5. Incipiunt Capitula de Natura Rerum. . Incipiunt Excerpta que Beda ex libris Plinii scdi de naturis rerum extraxit. . Operacio diuina q secla creauit ... 79-92 6. Regnum Scotorum fuit inter cetera mundi.. (38 lines of lament and prophecy, which read like the work of Thomas the Rhymer) 92

7. Lucidarius. Gloriose mgr rogo ut ad inquisita mihi.. Ends: plenum gaudium non haberent. Explicit liber iste. (Attributed to ARCHBISHOP ANSELM, who died in 1109)

93-191 8. De Capcōne Ierlm z antiochie a xpianis. Anno Millesimo xcvi facta est mocō ierosolimitana . . 191-199 9. HENRY OF HUNTINGDON. Liber 19 editus ab Henrico Archidiacono hund'end' Anno gre M.C. XXXV to. directus ad Alexm Lincoln. epm De situ pritannie.. Britannia igitur beatissima est insularum. . 200-204 10. Epistola de serie bruduum directa Regi Henrico primo 204-212 11. MERLIN. Hec est pphecia mlini amb'osii. Sedente itaque vortegerno

212-219 Quoniam 221-364

12. Breuiloquium de virtu'bus antiquorum philosophorum.
mia et veritas custodiunt. . At end: Explicit liber iste
13. Post consumaci sunt dies octo. Si vous dirai vn conte petit de une
benit home que out a nom Scint Benet. . tentacion le dyable" 365
14. HUGO DE S. VICTORE. Incipit liber mag. hugonis de sancto victore.
Quia fratres largiente dno de nana conuersacione
Incipit lib. claustralis magri hugonis
(De Confessione) Prima ala confessio est .





Dum complerentur dies pentecostes. .




Explicit liber



(Allegoriarum in Evangelia explanationes:) Primi parentes generis humani . .


19. Hic Incipit summa de penitentia abreuiata per scm Augustinum. (Imperfect at end)


in 1 vol. small 4to. MS. on vellum, double columns; bound in calf
(about 1620) for Sir James Ley, whose arms are gilt on the sides

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par Le Roux de

pote du XII siècle publié pour la première fois
Lincy. 2 vols. 8vo. facsimiles from MSS., with a Glossary; cloth

Rouen, 1836-38

Wace is supposed to have been a Jersey man. His Brut is somewhat more than a translation of Geoffrey of Monmouth.

31 LE ROMAN DE ROU et des Ducs de Normandie

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publié pour la première
fois.. par Frédéric Pluquet. 2 vols. 8vo. with facsimiles from MS.;
hf. bd.
Rouen, 1827




the same, 2 vols. hf. morocco, gilt tops, uncut
the same, LARGE PAPER, 2 vols. roy. 8vo. hf. morocco, gilt tops,

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34 JOHN BELET (about 1160-70). COLLECTANEA, sm. folio, MS. ON VELLUM, with coloured decorative initials; bound in old calf About 1180-90 120 0 0


1. BECKET'S PASSION. Incipit passio beati thome martyris Cantuariensis Archiepi. Digne fratres karissimi huius diei preclara festivitas fidelium deuotione frequentata, sollempnis agitur, in qua patris nostri et patrie protectoris, iunictissimi atlethe Thome martyris mors in conspectu Dei efficitur preciosa . .

This is an apparently unknown Legendum; evidently of English origin, from the phrase protector patriæ, and possibly anterior to the canonisation in 1173.

2. IOHANNIS BELEHT SUMMA de Ecclesiasticis Officiis. In prima ecclesia prohibitum erat ne quis loqueretur linguis nisi esset qui interpretaretur. . 236 columns

An extremely valuable text. The date of the book's composition is shown by the author's reference (in his article on the Assumption) to an assertion made by Helizabeth religiosissima mulier adhuc vivens. This St. Elizabeth of Treves died in 1165.-There is no mention of All Souls' day here.

3. LIBELLUS DE VITA ET INTERFECTIONE GLORIOSI COMITIS FLANDRIE KAROLI . . a domino Waltero Morinensis ecclesie archidiacono editus . . 54 columns.

A complete and remarkably early text of a document important for the history of the Low Countries. The original was written about 1150. 4. VITA KAROLI MAGNI REGIS IMPERATORIS EDITA AB EINHARDO ABBATE. Gens Merouingorum de qua Franci reges sibi creare soliti erant . . 32 columns. An early text of a famous chronicle, complete.

5. VITA SCI AUGUSTINI EPI (edita a Posidio Calamési epo) Inspirante rerum omnium facto (re) . . 62 columns; followed by Dicta Augustini, 6 columns, and Translatio Augustini, 3 columns.


7. CANTICUM CANTICORUM cum Glossa. 75 columns.

8. Description of the Holy Land by Fretellus, dedicated to H. Bishop of Olmütz, 10 columns, incomplete. (The original was written at Antioch before 1140.)

9. COLLATIO PAFNUTII ABBATIS de tribus Abrenunciationibus . . 35 columns. 10. COLLATIO ABBATIS DANIELIS de Concupiscentia Carnis ac Spiritus, 29


11. COLLATIO ABBATIS SERAPIONIS de octo vitiis principalibus. 39 columns.
12. COLLATIO ABBATIS THEODORI de Nece Sanctorum, 32 columns.
13. OMELIE de vitiis et virtutibus. 93 columns, wanting a leaf at end.
14. SEVERUS DE VITA SANCTI MARTINI (in epistolis et dialogis), 148 columns,
wanting the last leaf, instead of which we find the last page of Augustinus
de Obedientia.

15. LEGENDA DE SCO NICOLAO. 40 columns.

16. VITA SCE MARIE. 13 columns.

17. MIRACLE in favour of Helsinus, Abbot of Ramsey in England, 4 columns. 18. IERONIMUS de captivo monacho, 5 cols. incomplete.

This very valuable and important volume was formerly in the Abbey of Tongerloo, but probably drifted into the library of that house long after its compilation. It may have been transcribed and compiled for John Belet (an Englishman) at Amiens and retained by him so long as he lived. At least Nos. 1-8 of the above list formed a homogeneous whole. (The first five leaves are in a slightly later hand, and were added to make up for a loss of the original first four leaves of the MS.) Nos. 9-18 may have been annexed either by Beleth himself or by a later owner, but even in this division No. 17 indicates an English origin. Tanner claims Belet, Beleth, or Bylith as an Englishman, although most of the biographers seem to think that he was French.

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35 WALTER MAP, about 1130-1190. THE ARTHUR ROMANCE. Le premier [le second, et le tiers] volume de Lancelot du lac nouuellemēt imprime a paris. Mil cinq cens . xxxiii. On les vend a Paris par Philippe le noir .. 3 vols. in 1, small folio, with a large woodcut; old calf, with the bookplate of Nic. Jos. Foucault, whose arms are gilt on the sides 1535 18 00 The persistent attribution in all the MSS. of Arthurian stories, from the thirteenth century onwards, of the authorship of the Lancelot, to Walter Map, leaves no reasonable ground for denying it; although it may be admitted that modifications and additions were made in the romance after his time.

36 GILBERT FOLIOT (died 1188). GILLEBERTUS SUPER Cc. SERMONES IN CANTICA CANTICORUM] In lectulo meo per noctes quesiui quem diligit anima mea. Sermo. . Fol. 87: . . Explicit. INCIPIT PROLOGUS BEATI BERNARDI Abbatis super tractatum de Gracia et Libero Arbitrio . . Incipit tractatus. . Fol. 96 reverse: SENTENTIE PHILOSOPHORUM .. Fol. 108. Liber sce Marie de Regali Monte.

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Small folio, FINE MS. ON VELLUM, 108 leaves, written in double columns; with painted capitals, and having several curious drawings on the margins; in excellent condition, in the original binding of wooden boards covered with white leather About 1250 32 0 0

Written in the Abbey of Royaumont (Regalis Mons) near Paris, which was founded by St. Louis in 1227. The rubricator, who was apparently also the illustrator, was an artist of considerable skill and fancy. On leaf 13, he has added a head on the margin in continuation of the ornamental line from the initial P; something similar on leaves 20, 24, 32, 40, 76, 68, 71, 84; on 46 a white griffin rampant on a red roundel; on 49, a rustic preaching or protesting with outstretched finger; on 50, two men carrying a basket slung upon a bar supported on their shoulders, before them a grotesque dog standing on his hind legs; on 56, within a roundel, a green tree or double fleurde-lis, on one side of which is a warrior with a red shield, in the mail and helmet of the early twelfth century, who strikes with his sword at an upright beast like a grotesque lion, on the other side of the tree; on 57, two similar grotesque animals fighting; on 66, another hybrid animal; on 73, a grotesque lion; on 80, a very curious horned dragon with a head at each end, biting his lower portion; on 92, a fight between a grotesque lion and a rustic whose weapon is a flail with a ball at the end. This last is a striking picture.

37 GILBERT FOLIOT. Expositio in Canticum Canticorum, una cum compendio Alcuini, nunc primum in lucem prodiit opera et studio Francisci Junii, small 4to. LARGE PAPER; bound in olive morocco for Charles I, with his crown and arms in gold on the sides, from David Laing's collection, a very fine copy Londini MDCXXXVIII (1638) 30 0 0 38 GEOFFREY VINSAUF (flour. 1190-1200) POETRIA NOVELLA. Fol. 1 blank. Fol. 2: Incip liber poet'e nouelle magri ghuill'i anglici missi ab ipo rege aglie ad Iunocētiū ppm iiij ad sui cogitulaez. Prohemiù. Papa stupor mudi, si dix'o ppa nocēti | Acephalu nom t'bua t.' si capd' adda Hostis erit nom metri. . Fol. 77: .. Iam mare transcurri. On the reverse: Quem pape scripsi. . Fol. 78: Explic' liber poetrie nouelle dō grās Am | Nom fortuna, studiù cas9 z genitura | Vict9 affect hitus fac z cōsulit hora.

Small 4to. MS. ON VELLUM, 78 leaves, with painted initials; 14 lines of verse to the page, with a great number of closely written prose glosses on the margins; bds. (Ravenna ?) about 1330 15 0 0 Vinsauf was an Englishman and served as an agent between Richard Cœur de Lion and the Pope. A short chronicle of King Richard is ascribed to him.

It is by an error of the scribe that the author is named Guillelmus; and that the Pope's name appears as Innocent IV (1243-1254). It was to Innocent III (11981216) that Vinsauf addressed his Poetria Novella, which was an effort to restore the old classical metres in the place of the monkish rhymes which had become the favourite form of verse. It has been printed in Leyser's collection of medieval poetry.

The Expositio, or set of glosses, has a colophon which states that it was made by
a sufficientem virum ad petitionem scolarium Ravennensium.

39 LAGAMON (about 1200). LAYAMON'S BRUT, or Chronicle of Britain; a L
Poetical Semi-Saxon Paraphrase of the Brut of Wace.
Now first pub-
lished from the Cottonian manuscripts in the British Museum;
accompanied by a literal Translation, Notes, and a Grammatical

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