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Detailed record for Sloane 313

Title Liber Iuratus Honorii, imperfect
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large initials in red, 2 with penwork decoration in black (ff. 1v-2). Paraphs in red. Diagrams in black ink (ff. 3, 4, 24, 26).
Dimensions in mm 150 x 220 (125 x 175)
Official foliation ff. 26 ( + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BL/BM in-house. Marbled endpapers.
Provenance Benjamin [Ben] Jonson, (b. 1572, d. 1637), poet and playwright: inscription ''Sum Ben: Jonsonij liber' and his motto 'tanquam explorator' (f. 9).
John Dee (b. 1527, d. 1609), mathematician, astrologer, and antiquary.
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes Note that this is one of the three complete or nearly complete Latin manuscripts of this text, according to Hedegård 2002 p. 13.
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 313.

The sworn book of Honourius the magician, as composed by Honourius through counsel with the angel Hocroell, ed. and translated by Daniel J. Driscoll (New Jersey: Heptangle Books, 1983 [an edition based on this manuscript and Royal MS 17 A xlii].

Gösta Hedegård, Liber Iuratus Honorii: A Critical Edition of the Latin Version of the Sworn Book of Honorius, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 48 (Stockholm: Almquist & Wiksell International, 2002), pp. 13-15, as 'B', pl. II.

Sophie Page, Magic in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2004), p. 48, pl. 47.


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