Exeter College MS. 33
Alexander of Hales, Summa theologica I; England, s. xiv1
The date is s. xiiiex.
Pr. Nürnberg, 1482 (Hain, 643, GW 871), etc.; ed. Quaracchi, i (1924). Stegmüller, Sent., 59; Glorieux, Théologie, 301a; Glorieux, Arts, 593. Because of the excision of a leaf our text breaks off in Quaracchi edn. 476ª/22, resuming ibid. 480ª/12. On fol. Ir is a note ‘Only a few lines are wanting H. O. C⟨oxe⟩’, but the loss of the final leaf means that our text breaks off 33 lines before the end of the 1481 Quaracchi edn. 750b/43. At the top of fol. 1r the scribe wrote ‘Sancti spiritus assis nobis gracia.’ On Alexander see Sharpe, Latin Writers.
Two columns, 55–56 lines. Ruled in crayon.
2, a small gothic bookhand undecided between rotunda and semiquadrata, perhaps by one scribe throughout. Punctuated with low point and double virgula. Quaestiones are numbered in ink, s. xv.
2, a quite good 7-line illuminated initial with extender on fol. 1r (Alexander and Temple, no. 232),
otherwise 2-line blue lombards flourished red, and red flourished blue, with extenders. Blue and red paraphs and blue-and-red running head numbers.
Sewn on four bands. Standard Exeter binding: simple and quite elegant, calf over millboards, the calf bearing blind decoration of a floral type, early 19th century. The spine, like that of MS 35, is elaborately blind-tooled.
Provenance and Acquisition
No early history is known and the book is recorded in neither Ecloga nor CMA, but at the foot of fol. iiir is ‘Liber Coll. Exon’ in a hand which may be of s. xvi and can hardly be later than s. xvii1 and is found in manuscripts that were certainly in the College’s medieval library. It is likely that this book was in the medieval library too. See further Watson, Exeter, Introduction, pp. xxii–xxiii.
Exeter library identifications, on the front pastedown, are: bookplate 3 and on it ‘Q8–13 Gall’ (deleted), ‘72’, ‘172–E–9’, ‘Coxe XXXIII’ and a title ‘Alexandri de Ales Summa Theologica’ in a modern hand. ‘9’ is on a serrated 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