St John's College MS. 112
Alphabetum narrationum and Clement, Itinerarium Petri
Reddish-brown leather re-covering over millboards, with a stamped fillet, s. xix. Sewn on five thongs. Gold ‘112’ at the top of the spine, smeared traces in black ink on the leading edges. Old vellum pastedowns, a College bookplate on the front one. At the front, eight vellum leaves from MS and a modern vellum flyleaf, at the rear, fols. x and xi are part of manuscript 2 (fol. xi a pastedown in an earlier binding), fol. xii a vellum flyleaf, and fols. xiii–xxiv from MS (the last having been used as a pastedown).
Provenance and Acquisition
A partly erased inscription ‘pro anima ⟨Magist(?)⟩ri Willielmi de dalton’ (fol. 115, upper margin, s. xiv1). See C. L. Shadwell, ‘A Catalogue of the Library of Oriel College in the year 1375 A.D.’, in Collectanea First Series, OHS 5 (1885), 69, which includes: ‘Itinerarium Clementis per Dalton secundo folio tanquam ’ (Ker, MLGB 149, 292 as an Oriel College book).
Brief notes and pen-trials (fol. x, the top, s. xiv1; fol. xv, xv; fol. xi, the top, s. xv).
The old College shelfmark ‘Abac: ij. Nº. 7’ (the front pastedown).
Manuscript 1 = Fols. 1–114
Followed (fols. 111vb–13vc) by an index of the alphabetical sections in triple column, with an explicit (fols. 113vc–114ra) including an explanation that the prologue identifies the author in an acrostic (as 'Arnuldus de Serain’) and ending with the date Anno domini Mocccviij’. This marks either the completion of Arnold’s work or the date of an exemplar, not the date of our MS; see further Jean Destrez and G. Fink-Emera, ‘Des manuscrits apparemment datés’, Scriptorium 12 (1958), 56–93 at 83–6. Fol. 114 is fully ruled (but only five lines are used), and fol. 114v, now blank, is a former pastedown. There are substantial additions in the lower margins in contemporary anglicana hands.
In double columns, each column 187 × 55 mm. , with 10 mm between columns, in 44 lines to the column. No prickings; bounded and ruled in black ink.
Written in gothic textura quadrata of a university sort, s. xiv in. Punctuation by point and medial point, with added virgulae.
Fol. 1 has a champe with a serpent with a human face inside and extended along the entire leaf.
Individual entries introduced by 1-line alternating lombards, blue on red and red on black flourishing.
Usually more ornate 4- to 8-line red and blue capitals on flourishing of the same at the heads of each letter of the alphabet.
The text divided by alternating red and blue paraphs and red-slashed capitals.
Running titles in red or blue give the appropriate letter for each section of the work.
See AT, nos. 725 (72) (manuscript 1, taken to be French and misreporting the colophon and indication of date) and 143 (17) (manuscript 2).
Manuscript 2 = Fols. 115–208, X–XI
In fact the ‘Epistola MARCELLI’ or PS.-MARCELLUS, ‘Passio sanctorum apostolorum Petri et Pauli’ (BHL 6657), ed. Richard A. Lipsius, Acta apostolorum apocrypha 1 (Leipzig, 1891), 119–77 (odd pages), following continuously as book 10 of the preceding. Fol. 208vb is blank, as are fols. x–xi, although fol. x is ruled.
In double columns, each column 190–203 × 57 mm. , with 7 or 8 mm between columns, in 35 lines to the column. Prickings; bounded and ruled in black and brown ink.
Written in transitional protogothic book-hand/gothic textura, s. xii/xiii or xiii in. Punctuation by point and medial point.
At the heads of the text and its books, 6-line arabesque capitals in gold, red, and blue, with interior leaf and vine patterns in green and brown. Otherwise, the text is broken only by capitals in the text ink.
Running titles in text ink to identify the book by number.
Added heads in the margins.
In double columns, each column at least 200 × 60 mm. , in at least 54 lines to the column.
Two-line blue lombards with modest red flourishing at text divisions.
The book division on fol. xiii is introduced by a plate incipit, the full column width in 6-line high blue lombards on red flourishing.
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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
2022-01: First online publication