St John's College MS. 142
Petrarch, De vita solitaria
ed. Antonietta Bufano et al., Opere latine, 2 vols (Twin, 1975), 1:262–564 (even pages), breaking off just short of the end. Our MS is described by Nicholas Mann, ‘Petrarch Manuscripts in the British Isles’, Italia medioevale e umanistico 18 (1975), 130–527, no. 248 (484–5).
In long lines, 36 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded in lead and black ink, no rules.
Written in secretary, perhaps more than one hand (above top line, as in many other MSS of s. xv). Punctuation by medial point and occasional punctus elevatus.
At text divisions, 2-line blue lombards on red flourishing and sprays.
Headings and frequent marginal notations of subjects in text ink with red boxes.
The text broken with red-slashed capitals.
A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, one modern paper flyleaf and one medieval vellum one (probably a former pastedown); at the rear, one medieval vellum flyleaf, one modern paper flyleaf, and another marbled paper leaf (iv–vi).
Provenance and Acquisition
'Liber Magistri Iohanni Kermerdyn Rectoris generalis sancti Martini inf⟨..⟩ Ludgate London''; below it an erased cautio: ‘istum librum ⟨ ⟩ Kermerdyn ⟨ ⟩ posuit in ⟨ ⟩ libro ⟨ ⟩ anno CCCC ⟨ ⟩’ (fol. iv, s. xv). For Kermerdyn, see BRUO 1040.
‘nota omnes autem stulti miscentur contumelijs prouerbiorum 20.’ (fol. 67, upper margin; s. xv ex.); another pen-trial (fol. 64v, upper margin; s. xvi in.).
‘Iohn morysson williham denys gentylman of myddylsex’ (fol. 65, upper margin; s. xvi in.).
‘Liber Coll’ Divi Ioannis Baptistae Oxon’ Ex dono Martini Okins sacrae Theologiae Bacchalaurei eiusdemque Collegii Socij Anno Domini 1610’ (fol. 1, upper margin).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-11: First online publication