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Detailed record for Royal 3 A XV

Author Paterius; John Cassian
Title Liber testimoniorum Veteris Testamenti ex opusculis S. Gregorii, De institutis coenobiorum, Collationes
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 historiated initial with a partial border in colours and gold, at the beginning of the De testimonis (f. 2). Puzzle initials in blue with red pen-flourishing, at the beginning of chapters in De testimonis. 2 puzzle initial with a pen-flourished partial border in red and blue, at the beginning of the Institutis cenobiorum and the De VIII principalium viciorum remedio (ff. 122, 161v). Smaller initials in blue with red pen-flourishing throughout the text.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 175 (225 x 14), in one column
Official foliation ff. 210 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end; f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house
Provenance The priory of St. Mary, Sempringham, co. Lincoln, given by John de Glynton, master of the Sempringham Order in 1332: originally with the inscription probably on the original cover, 'ex impetratione Iohannins de Glynton, canonici dicte domus' (see David Casley, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts of the King’s Library (London, 1734)).
The English Royal library: Westminster inventory number 'no. 1260' (f. 1), acquired by the Upper Library at Westminster after the inventory of 1542; in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 2v; 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. 7900, 7902, 7973).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Catchwords and bifolium signatures. Numerous pointing hands (manicule) and human heads.
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, pp. 70-71

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. 177.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.1260.

M. A. Michael, 'Seeing in: The Macclesfield Psalter', in The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers, ed. by Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2007), pp. 115-28 (p. 117, n. 20).
Last revised: 18 September 2009

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