Jesus College MS. 4
Anselm, Boethius, and mathematical extracts; England, 12th and 13th centuries
Whittawed leather, late 13th or 14th century. This indicates that the booklets were put together sometime during the late medieval period.
Boards recovered with leather, 1940s × 1970s, with the original covering pasted over it.
Provenance and Acquisition
Sir John Prise: known to have obtained books from the monasteries of Wales and the border shires of England immediately after the Dissolution. The manuscript was recorded in the list of the books donated by him to the College as ‘Liber Anselmi Archiepiscopi Cant.’ Since he owned at least two other manuscripts with a Pershore provenance (Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud. misc. 114, olim Jesus, and Jesus College 47), he probably obtained this one too from the monastery.
Gregory Price (1535–1600): willed to Jesus College.
Pressmarks and labels: spine, ‘J Arch 1–4’ (ink on paper); ‘MS. Jesus Coll. D. 4’ (printed on paper). Upper board, ‘Anselmi opus 17’ (John Prise, 16th cent.). Upper pastedown, ‘17’; ‘(70)’; ‘2036–17’. Lower board, ‘Quedam opuscula Anselmi arc’ (16th cent.). Fol. 1r, ‘17.’; ‘(70)’; ‘J Arch. 1–4’.
Description by Samu Niskanen (April 2011), revised by Andrew Dunning (December 2022). Previously described:
Last Substantive Revision
2022-12-09: Andrew Dunning revised description by Samu Niskanen.