St John's College MS. 15
Epistle collections: Augustine, Ambrose, Becket
CPL 262, , ed. Al. Goldbacher, CSEL 34 (1895–8), 44 (1904), 57 (1911), 58 (1923) variously, . There are four indices, two by the main scribe: (a) a list of the 142 epistles (1ra–va); (b) a table giving for each the ‘intencio epistolarum’ (fols. 114va–16rb); (c) an alphabetical index of major topics (fols. 116rb–19vb); (d) a list of the epistles identifying addressees (fol. 120rac, three columns). About half of fol. 120rc and the entire verso are blank.
CPL 160, , ed. Otto Faller and Michaela Zelzer, CSEL 82, 3 vols. (1968–82), 1–3:125, , ending with 10.76. An index, which includes the next three items as if they were part of this text, appears at fol. 182rb–vb, copied by the main scribe, although in a significantly larger hand than elsewhere.
CPL 159, ed. Otto Faller, CSEL 73 (1955) 369–401. The text intrudes before Ambrose’s final epistle (10.77, the next item), of the same title.
ed. CSEL 82, 3:126–40.
CPL 135, ed. Karl Schenkl, CSEL 32 (1897) 299–355.
most recently ed. James Craigie Robertson, Materials for the History of Thomas Becket, RS 67/5–7 (1881–5), , with 808 letters, as they are here, in a chronological arrangement; see further Anne Duggan, Thomas Becket: A Textual History of his Letters (Oxford: Clarendon, 1980)., The text of our MS is followed (253rb–7v) by an index of the 564 epistles in order, divided into the five sets in which they are presented, with the addressee and incipit for each. (This long-line presentation, in a later hand, begins by being squeezed into the blank remainder of a single column).
The third and fourth indices to item 1 above: the last twenty lines of fol. 116ra are in an informal anglicana, s. xv; the remainder in another, using secretary a, of s. xv med.
In double columns, each column 270 × 85–90 mm. , with 16 between columns, in 60 lines. Frequent prickings; bounded and ruled in lead.
Written in anglicana with secretary ductus and secretary r. Punctuation by point and occasional punctus elevatus.
Headings in red.
Three-line unflourished blue lombards at heads of the letters; at larger divisions, 5-line red and blue ones.
Running titles in text ink with the number of the epistle.
Wooden boards from a medieval binding, re-covered with brown leather, in a small stippled pattern with stamped lattice design, s. xviii. Sewn on six thongs. Gold ‘15’ at the head of the spine, in black ink on the leading edges. At the front and rear, single paper flyleaves (the rear one fol. ii), both blank. A College bookplate on the front pastedown, with s. xviii notes on contents.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2020-12: First online publication