Exeter College MS. 29
Innocent IV, Apparatus in decretales; England, s. xiv
Sewn on four bands between millboards covered with 17th-century reversed calf with triple blind fillets round the outer edges. Spine and edges are renewed in polished calf. At the foot of the first seven leaves are stains and repaired holes from a chain plate.
Provenance and Acquisition
Written in England and in use in Oxford by 1327: on fol. Ir is ‘Caucio magistri …r’ decretorum exposita in cista de Wahghan [Vaughan] pro … marcis in crastino translationis beate Thome martyris anno domini .mº. cccmo. xxvijmo.’
Before 1361 it was in the hands of Dr John Northwode, nephew of bp. Grandisson of Exeter, chancellor of the University of Oxford (d. 1361 according to an unsourced addendum in Emden’s hand in the Bodleian Library’s copy of BRUO; d. by May 1349 according to J. Le Neve, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541: 9 Exeter Diocese, ed. J. M. Horn (London, 1964), 30): on fol. iiv is ‘Innocentius Magistri Johannis Northwode accommodatus precarie cum Ricardo Wykeslond Eps[sic] in arte utriusque. Ego Thomas Burnell emi hunc librum de W. Mey et uxore sua executoribus eiusdem m. Johannis.’ Wykeslond, the bp. of Exeter’s visitor to the College in 1384, was probably an Oxford man (BRUO); ‘Willelmo Mey seruiente pistoris et Johanne vxore eius’ are recorded in the Oxford poll-tax lists for 1380 as ed. by J. E. Thorold Rogers, in OHS 18 (1891), 19. Burnell has not been identified.
In 1483 William Elyot (of Exeter diocese; (BRUO), donor of MSS 14 and 45 to Exeter College, gave the present manuscript to New College, to which he also gave other books: on fol. 2r is ‘Hunc librum Willelmus Elyot Eliensis magister domus Dei de Portesmouth Wynton. diocesis in comitatu Sutht. olim registrarius bone memorie Edmundi Lacy Exon. quartodecimo die mensis Julij anno Regni Regis Ricardi tercii primo ⟨1483⟩ dedit legauit ac in vita sua naturali disposuit collegio Wynton. in Oxon. ad Vsum Magistrorum Sociorum et eiusdem collegij Scolarium quamdiu durauerint in libraria ibidem remansurum cathenandum. Et si quis seu qui hunc librum a dicto Collegio contra predicti dantis et disponentis voluntatem alienus re [sic] remouere seu subtraere presumpserit Ve presumpserint seu nouerit seu nouerint indignacionem omnipotentis dei ac eius maladiccionem incurrere.’
On fol. 312v are two inscriptions of which the first at least dates from the book’s time at New College; (1) ‘Wykham Eps. ibidem Ad Collegium ⟨Wynton’(?)⟩ Oxon.’ and (2) at the end of item *C, in a hand contemporary with it, is ‘Primo die mensis Maii probatum testimonium domini Johannis Bendyn et commissa Roberto Charteray Nicolao Charteray et Rogero Bradsten qui tenuit pro omnibus.’ The book may have come to Exeter on Lacy’s death.
It is ‘Liber Iuris Canonici’, Ecloga, no. 18(i) and CMA, no. 44.
Exeter library identifications are, on fol. 1v, ‘10’ (s. xvi or xvii), and on the front pastedown, bookplate 3, on it ‘Q8—9 Gall’, deleted and replaced by ‘172–E–5’, and ‘Coxe MS. xxix’ (pencil). At the top of fol. iiv are ‘10’ and ‘Innocencius’: cf. ‘23’ in MS 30 fol. vr. ‘5’ is on a round paper 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