Exeter College MS. 39
Thomas Waleys, Expositio super duos nocturnos psalterii (Pss. 1–38); England, s. xiv
Pr. London, 1481 (STC 19627, s.n. Perez de Valentia, Jacobus), Rome, 1611 (s.n. Iorgius, Thomas) etc.; Stegmüller, Bibl., 8245; Kaeppeli 3890.
The text’s disturbed appearance above is due to the misplacing of the leaf numbered 130, properly the first leaf of quire 9. If that is restored to its proper position, between fols. 94v and 95r, the text reads consecutively. On fol. 67r there is, however, a blank space equal to 37 lines in the text of Ps. 15, in 1611 edn. 145/6 to 145/50. On fol. 145rv the text following the commentary on Ps. 25 is the prologue to the second nocturn which begins after a blank space on fol. 146r On the author see Smalley, Friars, 75–108; ead., ‘Thomas Waleys O. P.’, Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, 24 (1954), 50–107 (this work 66–71); BRUO; Sharpe, Latin Writers.
referring to the text of 1 by the numbers of psalms and verses which were added to the text throughout in ink and crayon.
The index ends unfinished despite vacant space.
Fol. Irv is blank except for three brief textual references on the recto.
1: two columns, c. 50 lines.
2: two columns. Both parts ruled in crayon and occasional drypoint
Anglicana formata by several scribes writing very similar hands, punctuated only by very occasional low and medial points.
1: one 6-line and one 2-line blue lombard flourished red on fols. 1r and 2r respectively, both extended into borders. A coat of arms has been excised from the lower border on fol. 1r and may have been duplicated by another in the same position on fol. 2r which appears to be original: see further, History. The decoration otherwise consists of two-line blue lombards flourished red at the beginning of each psalm, red and blue paraphs, red-and-blue running numbers of psalms; lemmata underlined red.
2: red and blue two-line lombards, red and blue paraphs.
Sewn on five bands. Standard Exeter binding: imple and quite elegant, calf over millboards, the calf bearing blind decoration of a floral type, early 19th century. On the spine is a red leather label with a gold title. Endbands are uncoloured.
Provenance and Acquisition
Unknown. There is a title and price on fol. iiv: ‘Wallensis super duos Nocturnos psalterij. Item tabula super eosdem. Precium istius libri 40 s’, s. xv1.
Recorded at Exeter c. 1600 as Ecloga, no. 25; then in CMA, no. 52.
The coat of arms on fol. 2r is or a plain cross between four lions rampant argent crowned or.
Exeter library identifications are, on the pastedown, ‘P8–8 Gall’, deleted, ‘173–H–4’, ‘Ex. Coll. Oxon’, the book stamp and ‘Coxe Cat. no. xxxix’. On fol. iiv is bookplate 1. On the spine is a round paper label with ‘4’ on it.
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Last Substantive Revision
2020-04-29: First online publication