St John's College MS. 69
William of Ockham, Dialogues
A: resembles Briquet, nos. 13245–7 (1431 × 1448);
B: resembles Briquet, nos. 13265–8 (in the main 1425 × 1438, with other examples 1410 and 1444); this second stock appears only as the sole stock in quires 2 and 3 and on the central sheet in quire 5 (thirteen sheets total).
In long lines, 43 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded in stylus or black ink, unruled (a few rules in black ink in the index).
Written in continental (Italian) cursiva formata. Punctuation by occasional point.
At chapter openings 3- and 4-line unflourished lombards in red.
Chapter titles and names of speakers in the dialogues in text ink underlined in red; red paraphs to break up sentences.
Brown reversed calf over millboards, s. xvi. Sewn on four thongs. Cloth ties intact on both boards to close the book. The mark of a chain staple in Watson’s position 6 (one nail has left an impression in the leaves up to about fol. 20). Inked ‘69’ on a paper lozenge at the head of the spine; and inked on the leading edges, with ‘Occhami dialogi MS’ (leading and bottom edges red- stained). A tag on the middle leading edge of the lower board with an old shelfmark ‘4 70’. Manuscript pastedowns, that in the rear now raised (fol. iv), with a piece still mostly glued (fol. v). At the front, two modern paper flyleaves; at the rear, only the raised pastedown.
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Emptus fuit liber iste per Reuerendissimum in cristo patrem et dominum dominum Ludouicum tituli sancte Susanne sancte Romane ecclesie presbiterem Cardinalem de Varambone vulgariter nuncupatum Ab Helya In die Solennis die Veneris xe mensis Ianuarii Anno ab Natiuitate domini MoiiiiCxliiijto. (beneath the colophon, fol. 273 in a different hand).
‘Liber Collegij Sancti Johannis Baptistae Oxon ex dono Reuerendi in Cristo Patris Johannis Roffensis olim huius Collegij Socij et Praesidis’ (fol. 2, upper margin), i.e. John Buckridge. This volume and MS 71 are companion donations, both of Italian derivation and sharing the same (?Oxford) binding with pastedowns from the same Burley MS.
MS 69 - Pastedowns
In double columns, each column the length of the fragment x 80 mm, with 12 mm between columns, in 60–5 surviving lines to the column.
Written in anglicana formata, s. xiv med.
The text is broken with alternate red and blue paraphs.
The new text is introduced by a 9-line blue and gold leaf lombard on red and violet flourishing with red, blue, and gold leaf bar border.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
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Last Substantive Revision
2020-12: First online publication