St John's College MS. 62
Bernard, sermons on the Canticle
ed. J. Leclercq et al., Opera, vols. I–II (Rome, 1957–8), beginning imperfectly (the opening leaf perhaps removed for its decoration) at 1:6/24; our MS is described at pp. xxviii–ix. Fol. 137v is blank and unruled but has the appropriate quire signature.
A variety of marginal notes in a contemporary hand (most extensively at fols. 58v–9, with two distinctiones in the lower margins), a few in s. xiii2 textura and s. xv anglicana, mainly to indicate topics of interest; fol. ivv has a note (s. xv) of a few topics from the sermons.
In double columns, each column 213–15 × 62 mm. , with 15 mm between columns, in 42 lines to the column. No prickings; bounded and ruled in black ink.
Written in very late protogothic bookhand, square and regular, above top line; fols. 1–2 are by a different contemporary hand. Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, and punctus interrogativus.
Headings in red.
The only other decoration is 3-line red, blue, and green arabesque capitals at the heads of the sermons, with infill in a contrasting colour.
In item 1, headings in red, alternate 1-line red and green arabesque capitals to divide the verses.
A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, three modern paper flyleaves and one of medieval vellum, perhaps earlier a pastedown; at the rear, three modern paper flyleaves (v–vii).
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Hic liber est ecclesie sancte Marje de suwicha quem ab ea alienari non licet Quod qui facere presumpserit siue titulum istum dolose deleuerit uel fraudem aliam fecerit quo minus eius sit nisi eidem condigne satisfecerit sit anathema Maranatha Amen’ (fols. 136v–7, the lower margin). The inscription also appears on fol. 2, (from ‘dolose’ only, the remainder on the lost preceding leaf), and fols. 78v–9; in the other examples, ‘hac fiat’ precedes ‘Amen’. Registrum R.34.21 (173, 262), Ker, MLGB 181.
‘Homiliae Diui Bernardi in Cantica Canticorum’ (fol. 1, upper margin; s. xvii in., a St John’s hand).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-06: First online publication