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Detailed record for Additional 59839

Author Bonaventure, Isidore of Seville, Anselm, Hugh of St Victor, Bartholomeus Florarius, Augustine, Grosseteste and others
Title Theological miscellany; the Prophecies of Merlin
Origin England
Date Last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin and French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 2 puzzle initials in red and blue with foliate decoration and partial border (f. 14, 157). Initials in red or blue, some with pen-flourishing in the other colour or brown (f. 143, 151v) or in green with pen-flourishing in red (f. 152v, 154v). Partial border in red and blue (f. 51v 68r). Paraphs in red or blue. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 220 x 150 (170 x 155, parts written in 2 columns)
Official foliation ff. 221 (+ 1 unfoliated paper flyleaf at the beginning and 1 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown calf leather with gold lettering.
Provenance ff. 1, 2 are fragments of a legal document, used upside-down as flyleaves.
Vicarius de Gauylton; ownership note on f. 217 (see Catalogue of Additions (1995), p. 30).
? The abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Glastonbury: former ownership attribution rejected by Watson and Ker, Medieval Libraries (1987), p. 38.
Thomas Thorpe, bookseller: in his sale catalogue of 1836, item 1396; bought from him by Phillipps.
Thomas Phillipps (b. 1792, d. 1872) baronet, collector of books and manuscripts: his manuscript no 1396, numbers on ff. [i], 5; his sale, Sotheby's, London: Bibliotheca Phillippica, 30 November 1976, lot 863; bought by the British Library.
Notes For detailed contents see Catalogue of Additions (1995), pp. 30-33.
f. 3 is a small strip 2cm wide containing 1 column of text
f. 51 contains two short texts by Grosseteste, a 'Quaestio' and a commentary on the mass, copied in a blank space following the Bonaventure text.
f. 90 is cut through so that only one third remains.
There are 3 texts in Anglo-Norman French: the Prophecies of Merlin, concerning the six kings of England from Henry III onwards (ff. 191v-193v), a Prologue to Urbain le Courtois (ff. 194-195) and a Prayer for the cure of a 3-day fever (f. 190v)
Select bibliography The British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, New Series 1976-1980 (London: British Library, 1995), pp. 30-33.

Medieval libraries of Great Britain : a list of surviving books ed. by N.R. Ker, Supplement to the second edition, ed. by Andrew G. Watson. (London, Royal Historical Society, 1987), p. 38.

Joseph Goering and F.A.C. Mantello, ' Two Opuscula of Robert Grosseteste: De universe complecione and Exposicio Canonis Misse, Mediaeval Studies, 53 (1991), 89-123.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 18, 231, 440.


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