Exeter College MS. 63
Hugo de S. Caro, In Lucam; Oxford, England, 1455?
Stegmüller, Bibl., 3721. Due to the loss of leaves there are gaps in the text between fols. 144/145, from ch. xiii. 20 to ch. xiv. 25. (Paris, 1545 edn. fols. 197ra/27–201vb/4), and between fols. 152/153, from ch. xv. 13 to ch. xvi, 22 (edn. fols. 204vb/29 to 211va/50). There are marginal distinctiones.
Two columns, 60 lines. Ruled in ink(?).
Written by Scribe 1 (William Salomon); see MS 58, Script. In this volume Salomon’s cadell-like ascenders are quite frequent.
Of the same type as in MS 51 but by Artist A, for a characterization of whose work see Watson, Exeter, pp. 85–87..
There are major decorations in borders on fols. 1r and 4r, illuminated initials for chapters, lemmata underlined red, red and blue paraphs, blue running-titles and chapter numbers, rubrics.
Stamped leather bindings over square-edged wooden boards, (presumably) rebound; stamp used was employed in Oxford between 1535 and 1621, here in the second phase state, probably c. 1605–10. Two straps held by nails. Refurbished in the 19th century (1839?): that volumes were resewn is indicated by the very tight binding, which makes collation difficult, and by the provision of new endbands; edges were stained red; book was reinforced by pasting long strips of canvas round the spine and attached to the boards, and the old spines were replaced. Sewn on eight bands. Boards have square edges. For other details see Watson, Exeter, p. 87.
Provenance and Acquisition
For 1455 as the suggested date of writing see Watson, Exeter, pp. 85–87.
On fol. iiv, ‘Hunc librum Hugonem de Vienna super Lucam 2º fo te et ideo M. Rogerus Keys precentor Ecclesie Cathedralis beati Petri Exon’ prima die mensis Januarij anno domini Millesimo Quadringentesimo Sexagesimo Nono contulit et dedit M. Johanni Philipp Rectori et socijs Collegij Exon’ in Oxon’ Vocati Stapildon halle cathenandum in libraria eiusdem collegij ad vsum predictorum Rectoris et sociorum ac successorum suorum in eodem studere volencium qui diu durare poterit pro quo qua quidem donacione iidem[sic] M. Johannes Phillip Rector et socij collegij predict’ obligarunt se et successores suos Rectores et socios eiusdem collegij prefat’ M. Rogero virtute iuramenti prestiti quod solempniter cum nota postquam idem M. Rogerus ab hac luce migrauerit inperpetuum semel in anno tenebunt obitum suum et benefactorum suorum cum exiquijs et missa in crastino per Rectorem ibidem pro tempore existen’ vel vnum de socijs collegi predict’ in capella eiusdem celebrand’. Si quis autem prefatum librum a collegio predicto alienauerit vel de libraria predicta sine licencia Rectoris et omni sociorum collegij predict’ tam absencium quam presencium pro tempore existencium abstulerit alienauerit vel ad extram cauauerit nisi causa correccionis reparacionis vel ligacionis per predict’ Rectorem et omnes socios predictos prius approbanda auctoritate Dei patris omnipotentis et beatorum apostolorum suorum Petri et Pauli ac Reuerende in Christo patris et domini Johannis Dei gracia Exon’ Episcopi anatentizatus[sic] sit ipso facto’. Keys’s arms are in the border of fol. 1r.
Exeter library identifications are, on the front pastedown, bookplate 3, and on it ‘173–H–3’ deleted and replaced by ‘213.G.2’, and ‘Coxe LXiii’ (pencil).
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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