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Exeter College MS. 2

Jacobus de Voragine, Sermones; England, s. xiv2/4


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r-219r; 219v blank)
Jacobus de Voragine, Sermones quadragesimales
(fols. 1r-213v)
Incipit: Humane vite labilis decursus. salubri erudicioni me movet ... concedat. amen.
Rubric: Sermo primus. dominica prima aduentus domini.
Incipit: Prepate[sic] in occursum dei ... Cum rex vel aliquis princeps
Explicit: (fol. 180v) diligite vxores vestras||
Incipit: ||[fol. 181r] sed in aere pati
Explicit: omnibus sicut ipsa vita est communis.
Final rubric: Ad illum benedictum finem perducat nos ille qui est principium et finis. qui sine fine viuit et regnat per infinita secula seculorum. Amen. R. G.
(fols. 214r-219r)
Incipit: Abstinencie sex sunt species
Explicit: Zorastes[sic] fuit interfectus a viuo 83b.
Final rubric: Finito libro sit laus et gloria Christo.

Pr. Cologne 1467–9 (Hain-Copinger 6540). Kaeppeli, 2156; Schneyer, iii. 221–35.

Because of the loss of two leaves our text is interrupted between fols. 180/181 in the sermon for the 18th Sunday after Trinity, from Pavia 1499 edn. 152vb/29 to fol. 154rb/26, in the first sermon for the 19th Sunday after Trinity.

Fol. 219v is blank.

2. (fols. 220r-320r)
Jacobus de Voragine, Sermones quadragesimales (1286?)
Incipit: Filia populi mei induere cilicio
Incipit: Quamuis solempnitas quadragesimalis in sequenti dominica inchoetur
Rubric: [fol. 221r] Eadem dominica sermo secundus.
Incipit: Comparatus sum luto
Explicit: et precibus gloriosissime marie uirginis matris domini nostri ... qui cum patre et spiritu sancto per infinita ⟨se⟩cula regnat Amen.
(fols. 320r-327v)
Incipit: Abraham tria commendabilia fecit
Explicit: Christus assumpsit 53 in principio.

Pr. Brescia 1491 (BMC vii. 976). Kaeppeli, 2157. Schneyer, iii. 238–46.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: lucidam.
Form: codex
Support: parchment HFFH
Extent: 327 leaves numbered in modern pencil, preceded and followed by one 18th-century paper flyleaf.
Dimensions (leaf): 315 × 215 mm.
Dimensions (column): 220 × 65 mm.
Foliation: Fols. 1–213 also numbered by the scribe but with many omissions: by fol. 5 his counting is one short and by fol. 213 he has reached only 159. A later hand of s. xv numbers fols. 1–327 ‘1–333’ and a break in that series shows that leaves missing from between fols. 180/181 were then present.


112 212 (12 + 1) 3–1412 1512 (wants 12) 1612 (wants 1) 17–1812 194 20–2812. There are catchwords on most final leaves of quires. Quires are lettered and numbered (e.g. a1) in crayon and in quires k and p in red letters and figures, all in the bottom right-hand corners of first rectos.


Two columns, 50–53 lines. Ruled in crayon.


Anglicana but with secretary a and g and both anglicana and secretary r. Punctuation is by low point and virgula.


Illuminated bar-frame borders on fols. 1r and 220r, Alexander and Temple, no. 382, but not mutilated as they state although the border on fol. 1r is rubbed and damaged at the edges.

A six-line illuminated initial is at the beginning of both tables, and throughout there are rubrics, three-line blue lombards flourished red, and red and blue paraphs. Lemmata are underlined in red.


Sewn on five bands. Standard Exeter binding: simple and quite elegant, calf over millboards, the calf bearing blind decoration of a floral type, early 19th century.


Origin: s. xiv2/4 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

There are some 15th-century marginalia in crayon. It is not known when or how the book reached Exeter. It is recorded in neither Ecloga nor in CMA but may nevertheless have been in the College during the medieval period: see Introduction, pp. xxii–xxiii.

Exeter library identifications are, on the front pastedown, bookplate 3, on which is ‘173–H–11’. On the pastedown itself are ‘Ex: Coll: Oxon: Q6–2 Gall’ (deleted) and ‘Coxe Cat. no. 2’.

Record Sources

Andrew G. Watson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Exeter College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2000.


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Exeter College Library.

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Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Rector and Fellows of Exeter College.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-29: First online publication

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