Exeter College MS. 6
Ps.-Johannes Chrysostomos, Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum; John Wyclif, Sermones xxx et xli; etc.; England, s. xivex
A table of the incipits of the 57 chapters (as here numbered) in item 2.
The whole work is pr. PG 56. 611–946, where our text ends at col. 908/11 in ch. 57 (as here numbered), i.e. ch. 49 of the 54 as numbered in PG. Stegmüller, Bibl., 4350; CPL 707; CPG 4569. This copy, a ‘family 4’ manuscript, is noted by J. van Banning, Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum: Praefatio, CCSL 87B (1988), pp. CCXLIV, CCCII, no. 144, and CCCII. He remarks that it is ‘an important MS. because it is the only one that shows a possible link between the Opus. Imp. and Wyclif’s followers’.
pr. Iohannis Chrysostomi opera omnia, ed. S. Gelenius, 5 vols. (Basel, 1547), ii. 1180–8. CPG 4529; CPL 645. See also A. Wilmart, ‘La Collection des 38 homélies latines de saint Jean Chrysostome’, JTS 19 (1917–18), 305–27, no. 19.
In two parts. Part 1, to fol. 245v, has many omissions and was later supplemented from another manuscript. On indexes to this work in general see van Banning (as item 2 above) pp. CCXLVI–CCLVI, and on this index see also J. H. A. van Banning, ‘Two uncontroversial fragments of Wyclif in an Oxford manuscript: the contents of Exeter College Oxford MS 6’, JTS, NS 36 (1985), 338–49.
ed. Th. Graesse (Leipzig, 18502), 223–35, ‘De passione domini’; this passage 223–31/15.
ed. J. Loserth, Johannis Wyclif. Sermones, iv (1890), 341/29–342/36. This sermon was preached on 27 Mar. 1377: see van Banning (as 2 above) p. CCCII n. 30. Ed. van Banning, JTS, NS 36 (1985), 346–7. On Wyclif see Sharpe, Latin Writers.
ed. Loserth (as 6 above), 299/24–300/13. This sermon was preached on 30 Mar. 1376: see van Banning (as 2 above), p. CCCII, n. 31. Ed. van Banning JTS, NS 36 (1985), 347. On Wyclif see Sharpe, Latin Writers.
Fol. 265v is blank.
Two columns, 40 lines. Frame-ruled rather clums ily in crayon.
A good bastard anglicana by one scribe. Punctuation is by medial point, punctus elevatus, and double virgula. Homily numbers in ink appear as running heads (many trimmed off) and letters in margins act as reference points from the subject index.
Illuminated border and initial on fol. 1r, Alexander and Temple, no. 360.
Three-line blue lombards flourished red; red and blue paraphs.
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. The sprinkled edges enable one to deduce that the water damage to fols. 169–267 happened while the book was disbound; all the leaves had been sprinkled before the damage occurred but, while the undamaged ones could be bound perfectly, the damaged ones had cockled and did not bind so well.
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Magister Johannes Allwarde’ on fol. iiiv indicates that this is one of three unspecified books (MS 16 being another) bequeathed to the College by John Alward, fellow in 1408, rector 1416–17, 1418–19, etc., died by March 1458 (BRUO, Alward). The Rector’s Accounts for 1458–9 include a series of related payments to Alward’s executor for his expenses in bringing the books and for chains and chaining.
Recorded at Exeter c. 1600 as Ecloga, no. 5, then in CMA, no. 28.
Exeter library identifications are, on the front pastedown, ‘D2–10’, ‘Aa.9–14 Gall’ and ‘Q6–6 Gall’ (all deleted), ‘Ex: Coll: Oxon:’, bookplate 3, on which is ‘174–K–6’ altered to ‘170–I–6’. On fol. iiiv is book plate 1.
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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