St John's College MS. 35
Discussions of reading erroneous texts and commendations (not all actually of Lactantius and, in some cases, stitched together from the cited authors with other materials), ascribed to AUGUSTINE and JEROME, in order versions of AUGUSTINE, Contra Faustum 11.5–6, (CPL 321), , ed. Joseph Zycha, CSEL 41 (1900), 320–2, ; epistola 142.2–3, (CPL 268), , ed. Al. Goldbacher, CSEL 44 (1904), 251–3;, JEROME, bits from epistolae 58.10, 62.2, (in fact, discussing Origen), and 70.5, (CPL 620), , ed. Isidore Hilberg, CSEL 54 (1910), 539, 583, 707, ; and De uiris inlustribus 80 (CPL 616), ed. Ernest Cushing Richardson, TU 14 (1896), 42–3.
(CPL 85), ed. Samuel Brandt, CSEL 19 (1890), 1–672. The text originally lacked Brandt’s 23/13–29/4, 164/1–169/11, 283/13–291/3, 329/17–336/6, 622/21–628/1, 640/15–649/14, and 654/2–665/5, as a result of lost leaves; all of these have subsequently been supplied on modern vellum in a late seventeenth-century hand. The text is preceded (as is each book) by a list of chapters, fols. 1v–2.
Lactantius’ Greek quotations were apparently copied after the remainder of the text, into blank spaces left to accommodate them. For example, at fols. 40v–41, the scribe’s catchword to join the quires signals the head of the first Latin on the subsequent leaf and ignores the substantial Greek at the head of the page.
In long lines, 39 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded and ruled in stylus.
Written in humanistic bookhand.
Headings in red.
Red and blue 7-line lombards at heads of texts and books (the guide letters on several occasions in anglicana).
Extensive marginal finding guides for subjects, in the hand of Robert Flemmyng (see Provenance), usually in a darker ink, in a hand similar to but more erect than that of the text (only sporadic examples, fols. 84–156).
Chapter numbers in the margins in this ink.
Running titles in text ink give book numbers or titles in the upper margin leading edge (none in fols. 76–156, 172–85).
Dark brown leather over millboards, s. xvi. Sewn on five thongs. Green ribbon ties in both boards (those in the upper board frayed and the top one almost gone) to close the book. A chain-staple impression in Watson’s position 6. ‘35’ inked on a paper lozenge at the head of the spine and in black ink on the leading edges, with the notation of contents ‘Lactantius manule’. Pastedowns modern paper. At the front, a modern paper flyleaf and two of medieval vellum; at the rear, a modern paper flyleaf (iv). Fol. ii has been a pastedown; both it and fol. iii are singles, their conjugate stubs visible following that of the original fol. 8. A College bookplate on fol. iiv.
Provenance and Acquisition
Perhaps copied, certainly annotated, by the Oxford scholar Robert Flemmyng, nephew of the founder of Lincoln College; for him, see BRUO 699–700 and A. C. de la Mare, Hunt Exhib, 22.5 (96–7), with further references and reproductions from our MS, figs. 67–9 (fols. 29, 95, 184). Although Flemmyng was certainly in Italy in 1447, the parchment and decoration are English.
The old shelfmark ‘Abac: ij. N. 61’ (fol. iiv).
‘Liber Collegij Sancti Ioannis Baptistæ Oxon’ ex dono D Doctoris Gwinne huius Collegii socij 1600’ (fol. 2, upper margin, faded).
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