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Exeter College MS 189

Fragmenta

Contents

MS 189 is a folder which contains two mounted manuscript fragments removed from a printed book.

Exeter College MS 189 - fragment 1

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Aristotle, Physica

IV. 1–208b34 to VI. 213b24, MS Oö in edn. by F. Bossier and J. Brams, Aristotles Latinus, vii/1 fasc. 2 (1990); no. 1974 in AL, Pars Posterior (1975).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: one bifolium, formerly front pastedown
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (column): 195 × 55 mm.

Layout

Two columns, 45 lines. Ruled in drypoint; no prickings are visible.

Hand(s)

Script is a small, very neat protogothic bookhand, pubctuated by low point. The insular symbols for est, autem, and enim are used but the Tironian et is used and not the ampersand. Further, letters have a slightly Italian appearance and the membrane is polished in the Italian style.

Decoration

There is no colour but paraphs which are now brown may originally have been silvered.

History

Origin: s. xiiex

Provenance

Previously in 199.0.11 (which is now 9 K 1595), Johannes Calvin, Epistolae et responsa (Geneva 1576). Centrepiece XVI, with orn. 57. Ker, Pastedowns, no. 1849.

In a letter of 6 Nov. 1953 to the Exeter College Librarian now kept witht he fragments, L. Minio-Paluello, then Senior Lecturer of Medieval Philosophy in the University, asks whether the present item 1, then a pastedown, can be raised so that the whole text can be read for the purposes of the projected editon of the text in Aristoteles Latinus. A note of 17 Nov. by E. K[emp], then Librarian, records that the College had given permission for this to be done. A decision to remove item 2, then a back pastedown of the same volume, was presumably made at the same time.

In his letter mentioned above, Minio-Paluello states that this is the oldest existing copy of the Latin texts. This is not supported, however, by the editors of Aristoteles Latinus (above), who, in the companion volume AL 7/1, p. xxii, give priority to Avranches, Bibl. mun., MS 221, which they date c. 1180 on the grounds that it is known to have entered the library of Mont Saint-Michel before 1186. They accept that our manuscript is of s. xii.

Exeter College MS 189 - fragment 2

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Missale ad usum Sarisburiensem, cum notis

The text on the first leaf is part of the office for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity, SM, 193, and the text on the second leaf is part of the office for the first Sunday before Advent, SM, 195–6, including the processional of the office for the dedication of a church, SM, 202.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: one bifolium
Dimensions (leaf): c. 260 × 160–65 mm.
Dimensions (column): 200 × 60 mm.

Layout

Two columns, c. 34 lines.

Hand(s)

The script is a gothic semiquadrata or rotunda bookhand, punctuated by low point. Text accompanying the music (in neumatic notation) is in a smaller size.

Musical Notation:

Neumed.

Decoration

Red and blue lombards flourished in the other colour, rubrics.

History

Origin: s. xii/xiii

Provenance

Formely a pastedown at the back of no. 1849. From the same manuscript as no. 1846 (Corpus Christi College, Φ.f.5.10). Previously in 199.0.11; see item 1 above.

A decision to remove item 2, then a back pastedown of the same volume as item 1, was presumably made at the same time as for item 1 (see above).

Additional Information

Record Sources

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

Availability

For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Exeter College Library.

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