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Detailed record for Sloane 513

Author Richard Dove of Buckfast, John Metham, and others
Title Mainly scientific and grammatic miscellany, including the Summa Chiromantiae (ff. 100-108v; 109-34), the Mirror of Light (ff. 155-168); Cistercian statuta and ordinationes (ff. 200-220); De sphaera (ff. 59-75); algorismus with commentary (ff. 26-43)
Origin England
Date 15th century
Language Latin and English, French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large diagrams of hands in brown ink (ff. 131v-134v, 169, 198). 1 large initial in red with blue and red penwork decoration (f. 3). Large initials in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials in red or green. Paraphs in red, blue, or green. Highlighing of letters in red. Marginal or textual diagrams in brown and/or red (e.g., f. 21v).
Dimensions in mm 165 x 115 (115 x 70)
Official foliation ff. 221 ( + 5 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 6 at the end + a paper after f. 138)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance The Cistercian abbey of St Mary, Buckfast, Devon: see Ker 1964.
Inscription with the name John Fox (f. 34v)
Inscriptions: 'John Sgacton (?), 'John Shabeton' (?) (ff. 1, 221).
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 ff. 1-2 are parchment flyleaves, one with a large initial in brown with interlace and foliage (f. 1). f. 221 is a paper leaf.
For a full description and list of contents, see Mitchell, ' Cultural Uses' (2011).
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 513.

Hardin Craig, The Works of John Metham, including The Romance of Amoryus and Cleopes, Early English Text Society, Original Series, 132 (London: Early English Text Society, 1916), pp. xxvi-xxvii.

[C. H. Talbot], 'Cistercian Manuscripts in England', Collectanea Ordinis Coisterciensium Reformatorum, 14 (1952), 208-12, 264-77 (p. 275).

C. H. Talbot, ĎA List of Cistercian Manuscripts in Great Britainí, Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion, 8 (1952), 402-18 (p. 415).

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), p. 14.

Charles B. Schmitt and Dilwyn Knox, Pseudo-Aristoteles Latinus: A Guide to Latin Works falsely attributed to Aristotle before 1500, Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts, 12 (London: Warburg Institute, 1985), p. 24.

W. L. Braekman, Studies on Alchemy, Diet, Medecine [sic] and Prognostication in Middle English, Scripta, Mediaeval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 22 (Brussels: Scripta, 1986), p. 12.

David Bell, 'A Cistercian at Oxford, Richard Dove of Buckfast and London BL Sloane 513', Studia Monastica, 31 (1989), 69-87.

David N. Bell, An Index of Authors and Works in Cistercian Libraries in Great Britain, Cistercian Studies Series, 130 (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1992), p. 9.

The Libraries of the Cistercians, Gilbertines, and Premonstratensians, ed. by David N. Bell, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 3 (London: British Library, 1992), p. 10.

Paul Acker and Eriko Amino, 'The Book of Palmistry', in Popular and Practical Science of Medieval England, ed. by Lister M. Matheson, Medieval Texts and Studies, 11 (East Lansing: Colleagues Press, 1994), pp. 141-83 (p. 235-61 (p. 156).

Gareth Roberts, The Mirror of Alchemy: Alchemical Ideas and Images in Manuscripts and Books from Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century (London: British Library, 1994), pp. 120-2.

Kathleen L. Scott, Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490, A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles, 6, 2 vols (London: Harvey Miller, 1996), II, 254.

Sophie Page, Magic in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2004), pp. 44-45, pl. 43-45.

Laura Mitchell, 'Cultural Uses of Magic in Fifteenth Century England (unpublished PhD thesis, University of Toronto, 2011), pp. 280-292 ,online at [accessed 08.2018].

Frank Klaassen, The Transformations of Magic (Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press, 2013).

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