St John's College MS. 84
Language(s): Latin with some Middle English glosses
ed. L. D. Reynolds, C. Sallvsti Crispi… (Oxford, 1991), 5–53. The first chapter has extensive English interlinear glosses, s. xvi in.
ed. as the previous, 54–149. The following fol. iv is blank but bounded, both recto and verso.
In long lines, about 26 lines (some variation) to the page. No prickings; bounded in black ink and brown crayon, no rules.
Written in mixed anglicana/secretary, the duct often showing influence of humanistica. Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, and double virgula. The same scribe copied our MS 87.
Five-line blue lombards on red flourishing at the heads of the texts; 2- and 3-line similar capitals for chapters.
Blanks for rubrics unfilled (many of the scribe’s directions survive in the lower margins).
A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf and two modern paper ones; at the rear, one medieval vellum flyleaf, two modern paper ones, and another marbled paper leaf (v–viii). The vellum leaf at the rear, as well as the preceding fol. iv, has holes from either a clasp or, given that the mark is single, a chain-staple in Watson’s position 5; fol. v may have been a pastedown earlier.
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Is mihi dicit Explicit Salustius | O god whiche arte my Righttuousnes o lorde here me when I Calle Thou hath set me at liberty W’ (a translation of Ps. 4:2; fol. 75v, after the explicit, s. xv/xvi).
‘Fenrother [mark] le Ric xx s’, ‘Fenrother’ (fol. v, contemporary with the preceding).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-08: First online publication