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Exeter College MS. 27

John Lathbury, OFM, In Lamentationes; Oxford?, England, s. xvmed


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r-238r)
John Lathbury, In Lamentationes
Incipit: (prol.) In nomine patris et filij et spiritus sancti amen. Mt. vltimo. Iuxta morem modernorum nec non et primum antiquorum
Explicit: [fol. 12v] patris et spiritu sancti ... per cuncta et inmortalia seculorum secula. Ame[sic] Amen Amen.
Rubric: Incipit liber lecture moralium super duo capitula trenorum Jeremie prophete per fratrem Johannem lathebury compilatus ...
Incipit: [fol. 13r] Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola ciuitas plena populo. Sub ista forma
Explicit: Habendo respectum ad deum et hominem. Tradidit dominus obprobrio in indignacione furoris sui regem et sacerdotem etc. Deo gracias amen.

Printed Oxford, 1482 (STC 15297); Stegmüller, Bibl., 4762. On the work see Smalley, Friars, 223 et seq., who prints brief excerpts from the text, using this manuscript. More extensive excerpts, also using this manuscript, are in B. Smalley, ‘Flaccianus De visionibus Sibyllae’, Mélanges offerts à Étienne Gilson (Toronto and Paris, 1959), 547–62. As in most copies, chapter divisions are marked by letters of the alphabet. On Lathbury see Sharpe, Latin Writers.

2. (fols. 238v-253v)
Capitula and index to item 1
2(a). (fols. 238v-253r)
Incipit: A est prima littera
Explicit: Zona torrida est mundus capitulo SC.
Final rubric: Explicit tabula super opus trenorum compulata per Johannem Lathbury fratrem minorem etc.
2(b). (fol. 253rv)
Incipit: Textus expositi preter librum. Apprehendite disciplinam etc.
Explicit: Vidi et ecce in medio throni ... capitulo 101 b etc.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ergo quod.
Form: codex
Support: parchment FHHF
Extent: 253 leaves preceded and followed by a single modern paper flyleaf.
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 260 mm.
Dimensions (column): 245 × 70 mm.
Most leaves have been damaged by damp but with no loss of text.


1–118 126 13–188 199 (8 + 1) 20–318 326. There are no catchwords and the only numbering of quires is that inserted in red crayon on the first pages of quires by the 18th-century binder.


Two columns, 44–49 lines. Ruled in crayon; in the tabula pages frame ruling only.


The text is in hybrida formata in several hands, sparsely punctuated by low point. Headings are in a quadrata bookhand. The tabula are in mixed secretary/anglicana in one hand.


Fine illuminated borders on fols. 1r, 13r, and 158v (Alexander and Temple, no. 520), Oxford work by the decorator of MS 60 (Artist A). For a characterization of his work see the headnote to MSS 51–68 in Watson, Exeter, pp. 85–87.

There are 2/3-line blue lombards flourished red, with extenders; 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. Modern spine and flyleaves with 18th-century red leather label with gold lettering.


Origin: s. xvmed ; Oxford?, England

Provenance and Acquisition

There are some marginal corrections of s. xv.

Recorded at Exeter c. 1600 as Ecloga, no. 27, and later in CMA, no. 42.

Exeter library identifications on the front pastedown are: the Exeter book stamp, ‘Ex Coll. Oxon’ and ‘172 G7’ (both in pencil), ‘No. 42’ (pencil), presumably a reference to CMA, and ‘Coxe Cat. no. xxvii.’

Record Sources

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


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Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-29: First online publication

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