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Detailed record for Royal 4 E V

Title Concordantia maior and Concordantiae morales bibliorum of Antony of Padua
Origin England
Date 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 foliate initial in colours and gold with a full bar border with foliage and birds, at the beginning of the text (f. 4). 20 large puzzle initials with pen-flourishing in red and blue or purple, at the beginning of most of the letter sections (ff. 57, 75v, 88, 100v, 105v, 110, 138v, 139, 154v, 182, 189v, 203, 242v, 247, 262, 303, 320, 348v). Small initials in blue with red pen-flourishing, or in red with purple pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 430 x 280 (330 x 215), in six columns
Official foliation ff. 379 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end; ff. 1-3 are medieval parchment flyleaves)
Form Parchment codex.
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Thomas of Horsted, monk of Rochester, subdeacon in 1331 and priest in 1333 (see Rochester Episcopal Registers 1319-1540, I, ff. 145v, 159) given by him to the cathedral priory of St. Andrew, Rochester (other manuscripts owned by him and given to the Rochester priory are Royal 5 A X, 6 D VII, 7 E IV and 7 F VI): inscribed 'Liber de claustro Roffen[si] per fr[atr]em Tho[ma]m de Horstede, monachu[m]' (f. 4).
The cathedral priory of St. Andrew, Rochester: listed in the indenture of the loan of books and vestments, dated 1 June 1390, between William Bottlesham, bishop of Rochester (1389-1400), and Mr John Mory or Amory, rector of Southfleet, no. 2 (see Cotton Faustina C V, f. 50r).
Added leaf containing a fragment of a biblical concordance, 14th century (f. 1r-v).
Inscribed under the ownership inscription: 'Hunc qui predant[ur] libru[m] rapiu[n]t neq[ue] rite; horu[m] tollant[ur] de libro nomi[n]a vite; fiat fiat Amen / h[ab]eant n[u]ll[u]mq[ue] iuvamen', 14th century (f. 4).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 199' (f. 1), included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542; in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 5v; and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 8056).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes Concordantia maior, the co-called 'third concordance' compiled by the Dominicans of Saint-Jacques, Paris c. 1286 (ff. 4-349) and Concordantiae morales Bibliorum of Antony of Padua (ff. 350-379v).
Catchwords and bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, p. 93.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), pp. 162, 298.

R. H., M. A. Rouse in Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum 44 (1974) 5-30 (p. 28).

Mary Richards, Texts and Their Traditions in the Medieval Library of Rochester Cathedral Priory, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 78, part 3 (Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 1988), p. 20.

English Benedictine Libraries: The Shorter Catalogues, ed. by R. Sharpe and others, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 4 (London: British Library, 1996), B83.2.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.642.
Last revised: 21 September 2009

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