St John's College MS. 192
Juvenal; Horace, Ars poetica
ed. John Ferguson (New York, 1979), 9–107. A few glosses in a medieval hand on the first page, and occasional omitted lines or variants supplied marginally.
Opera, ed. D. R. Shackleton Bailey (Stuttgart, 1985), 310–29.
In long lines, 24 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded and ruled in pencil.
Written in Italian humanistic bookhand (probably a single hand becoming more cursive as the book progresses). Punctuation by point at line ends and the caesura; occasional double point, virgula, and punctus elevatus at the cesura.
Rather crude painted initials at divisions: a 7-line gold one on blue, red, and green ground at the head of item 1.
Individual satires introduced by 2-line gold capitals on similar grounds, the overwhelming number unfilled blanks.
Lines in decorative capitals to introduce texts.
Headings in red between the two texts, and frequently (with fading) between Juvenal’s individual satires, the last example on fol. 48.
See AT, no. 974 (101).
Dark brown leather, with a plain fillet, s. xvi/xvii, remounted over millboards. Sewn on three thongs. Holes in both boards from two pairs of ties to close the book. At the head of the spine gold ‘192’, in black ink along the leading edges. Pastedowns marbled paper, a College bookplate on the front pastedown.
At both front and rear, a single modern paper flyleaf (the rear fol. ii).
Provenance and Acquisition
An erased mark of ownership ‘Ivvenalis ipse ⟨ ⟩ Io ⟨ ⟩’ (fol. 90v at mid page, s. xv ex.).
‘Sum Ben Jonsonij ex dono D Jo Radcliffe equ Aurati’ (fol. 1, upper margin). Listed among Jonson’s five MSS by C. H. Herford and Percy Simpson, Ben Jonson I (Oxford, 1925), 262–3, along with our MS 87.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-10: First online publication