Exeter College MS. 24
Stephen Langton, Comm. in Ecclesiasticum; England, s. xiii1
unprinted; Stegmüller, Bibl. 7814,; Glorieux, Théologie, no. 104f4. See in general and on this manuscript Lacombe and Smalley, at 144–5. Our text ends with the same explicit as Bodleian Lib., MS Bodl. 706 (SC 2605). A hand of s. xv adds ‘Et quasi balsamum non mixtum odor meus [Ecclesiasticus xxiv. 21] hi doctor exposuit usque ad mem 24i capituli ecclesiastici et uerba ultima.’ On Langton see Sharpe, Latin Writers.
Two columns, 52–54 lines. Ruled in crayon. Written below top line.
A good gothic book hand punctuated by low point, by several scribes. The hand is mostly rotunda but some of the scribes come close to writing quadrata.
Sparse decoration, inadequate as ordinatio to guide a reader through the text. On fol. 1 are two 6-line green-and-red lombards with arabesque infilling, otherwise initials are plain green or red, 1/3-line. There are rubrics and a few red lemmata, and some marginal authorities, sparsely cited compared with MS Bodl. 706 (SC 2605), are underlined 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.
Provenance and Acquisition
The decoration suggests that the book may have originated in a Cistercian house but a friars’ house is also possible.
Fols. 1–2 are eroded by a rust stain, bottom centre of lower margin, indicating chaining in a library.
Recorded at Exeter c. 1600 as Ecloga, no. 4, then in CMA, no. 39. On fol. 1 is a title in an italic and secretary hand, c. 1600.
Exeter library identifications, on the front pastedown, are: the book stamp; ‘Ex: Coll: Oxon.’, ‘Q.8–4 Gall’ (deleted); ‘172–G–4’; and ‘Coxe Cat. no. XXIV’ (pencil). ‘4’ is on a round paper label on 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