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Exeter College MS. 3

Jacobus de Voragine, Super historiam Bibliae; s. xv1


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1r-144v)
Jacobus de Voragine, Super historiam Bibliae
Rubric: ⟨I⟩ncipit tabula fratris Iacobi Januensis sacre the[sic] theologie doctoris ordinis fratrum predicatorum super historias Biblie
Incipit: ⟨A⟩bstinencia caro domatur unde. Prin. Cor. 9. Castigo corpus meum etc.
Explicit: vbi amicicia capitulo 3º. et eciam vbi passio per totum.
Final rubric: Expliciunt sermones Januensis fratris ordinis predicatorum.
(fol. 144rv)
Incipit: De abstinencia
Explicit: de zelo.
Final rubric: Explicit Tabula.

Unprinted. Stegmüller, Bibl., 3998,1; Bloomfield, no. 0122.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (fol. 2) fornacem.
Form: codex
Support: parchment HFFH
Extent: 143 leaves preceded by one 18th-century paper flyleaf and one medieval membrane flyleaf and followed by two 18th-century paper flyleaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (column): 205 × 55–65 mm.


1–178 188 (wants 8). Catchwords in quires 1 and 2 only, i.e. in the first scribe’s stint. Quire signatures on first pages of quires, a plus an arabic number on quire 1, thereafter numbers 2–19.


Two columns, 40–45 lines. Ruled in crayon.


Fols. 1–16 in anglicana with secretary a; fols 17 to end mixed anglicana and secretary, with secretary a but d, g, r, and s of both kinds. The scribe of the first part punctuates by low and medial points, the scribe of the second part by low point only. Scribe 1 writes ink capitula in quadrata/semiquadrata, scribe 2 uses occasional cadells.


Spaces were left for two- and three-line initials, a few with guide letters. There are rubrics, red paraphs, stroking, underlining of lemmata, and marginal auctoritates.


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. xv1 ; script of English apperance

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. iv: ‘Jacobi Januensis super Hystorias Biblie Est Ex Dono Magistri Thome Baroun olim capellani Istius Collegij’. Baroun died c. 1463: see BRUO, ‘Baron’.

There are crayon and ink marginalia of s. xviin in a number of hands. How the book reached Exeter is unknown: it is not recorded in Ecloga but may nevertheless have been at the College in the medieval period: see Introduction, pp. xxii–xxiii. No. 23 in CMA.

Exeter library identifications are, on the front pastedown, bookplate 3, ‘174–K–3’ altered to ‘170–I–3’, ‘Q.6.3 Gall.’ (pencil, deleted), and ‘Coxe III’ (pencil).

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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