Exeter College MS. 13
Anon., Expositio super Cantica Canticorum; Anon., Liber de vita hominis quadripartita; England, s. xv1
Unprinted; Stegmüller, Bibl, 10178 (this copy only). R. Berndt, Andre de Saint-Victor († 1175) exégète et théologien, Bibliotheca Victorina, 2 (Paris and Turnhout, 1991), 97, remarks that the work follows Andrew’s commentary on Exodus. Numbers of new chapters are noted in the form, for example, ‘Cam. 7’ towards the left-hand part of upper margins, and every leaf of the chapter has the figure repeated in the right-hand corner; these numbers are perhaps in the same hand as similar numbers in MS 15.
Unidentified. The work is in 72 chapters. Most chapters up to ch. 16 have headings in upper margins, viz. Una natura, De fortitudine, Aleph, De prudencia, De temperancia, De fide, De spe, De caritate, De mercimonijs. The outer margins of fols. 141–4, evidentiy damaged, suffered some loss of text and have been replaced.
Two columns, 45 lines. Frame-ruled in pencil.
Good anglicana/secretary, using a and r from both scripts and anglicana d and g. A positura is used for final punctuation of chapters.
Three/four-line blue lombards flourished red, 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. Fols. 2–5 at bottom centre show a stain from a chain plate on an earlier binding and fol. 1 is patched after the excision of 60 × 155 mm from the bottom margin where there may have been an ex libris.
Provenance and Acquisition
Unknown. Recorded at Exeter c. 1600 as Ecloga, no. 12, then in CMA, no. 41.
Exeter library identifications, on the front pastedown, are: bookplate 3, on which is ‘172–G–14’; ‘Q7—6 Gall’ (deleted), ‘Ex: Coll: Oxon.’ and ‘Coxe Cat. no. 13.’ A title on fol. 1r, ‘Expositio in Cantica Canticorum’ is in an italic hand of s. xvi2. ‘14’ is on a round label at the top of the spine.
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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