St John's College MS. 139
Johannes Consobrinus, De usura and John Felton, Sermones
A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, one modern paper flyleaf, and one medieval vellum flyleaf (sewn to the stub of a second); at the rear, one modern paper flyleaf and another marbled paper leaf (iv–v).
Provenance and Acquisition
An erased ownership inscription ‘Robertus batson me suum agnoscit Testante Stonslye ⟨ ⟩ aliis quos ⟨ ⟩ pretium xxx. d’ (fol. 41v, s. xv ex.). He may be identifiable with a John Stonesley, a Cistercian monk of St Bernard’s College c.1506 (BRUO, 1789).
The College ex-libris is written over an older inscription: ‘Hicson hicson Me suum vendicat teste’ (fol. 1, upper margin, s. xvi); cf. ‘hixon Me suum vult’ (fol. 307v). He also signed our MS 116.
‘George Ferrar’ (fol. iii, s. xvii).
‘Liber Collegij Divi Joannis Baptistae ex dono Domini Gulielmi Paddei Militis et Collegii olim Convictoris 1634’ (fol. 1, upper margin).
Manuscript 1 = Fols. 1–41
Consobrinus was a Carmelite, and the work is the text printed as De iusticia commutatiua (Paris, 6 September 1494) (cf. the 1483 Paris edition, Copinger 1753, BMC 8:39–40), beginning imperfectly in the prologue at edn. sig. [A iii]. Fol. 41rv is ruled but blank.
In long lines, 31 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded and ruled in lead.
Written in continental textura semiquadrata. Punctuation by point only.
Headings in red introduced by blue paraphs.
One- and 2-line blue lombards on red flourishing.
The text divided with alternate red and blue paraphs.
Frequent marginal notes on contents in the text hand, introduced by alternate red and blue paraphs.
Manuscript 2 = Fols. 42–307
Sharpe, no. 689 (243–45); see further Alan J. Fletcher, ‘Magnus predicator et devotus. A profile of the life, work, and influence of the fifteenth-century Oxford preacher, John Felton’, Mediaeval Studies 53 (1991), 125–75. Followed by the topical index usual with the sermons (fols. 296v–307). Fol. 307v originally blank.
repeated, ‘vel secundum alium librum sic Tucius […] ’; in two anglicana hands, s. xv2
In long lines, 31 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded and ruled in black and brown ink.
Written in secretary. Punctuation by occasional point and virgula.
Two- line blue lombards on red flourishing extended into a bar border at heads of the sermons.
The text broken with alternate red and blue paraphs.
Marginal notation of parts and index guides for the sermons, prefixed by a blue paraph.
Running title with the sermon number prefixed by a blue paraph (58 sermons in all), the occasions added above the number, s. xv ex.
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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