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St John's College MS. 199

Julianus Pomerius, De vita contemplativa


Language(s): Latin

Fols. 2–85:
Rubric: Incipit prologus beati PROSPERI ad iulianum episcopum in libro de uita contemplatiua et actiua de uiciis et uirtutibus
Incipit: Div mvltumque reuisus sum uoluntati tue mi domine studiosissime pontificum ivliane […]
Rubric: [fol. 3v, the text] Incipit liber primus Quid ea sit uite contemplatiue proprietas […]
Incipit: Contemplativa uita est in qua creatura creatorem suum intellectualis ab omni peccato purgata
Explicit: non res pro uerbis sed pro rebus enunciandis uerba sunt instituta
Final rubric: Expliciunt libri tres beati PROSPERI
PS. -PROSPER OF AQUITAINE, in fact JULIANUS POMERIUS, De vita contemplativa (CPL 998), ed. PL 59:415–520. Preceded (fols. 1–2) by a table of chapters, and with similar tables at the head of each of the three books. Only six lines on fol. 85, the remainder and the verso blank. A correction in plummet at foot of fol. 13.

Flyleaf text:

fol. ivv:

‘Ira odium superat \generat/ concordia nutrit amorem | Vina parant animos faciuntque caloribus aptos | Tunc risus ueniunt tunc pauper cornua sumit | Cum uenus iuuenis ignis in ignem ⟨fu⟩rit’

(WIC 9578).

Verses added at the page foot, s. xii ex.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -citer docentes
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (HSOS/HFFH).
Extent: Fols. iv + 85 + iii (numbered fols. v–vii).
Dimensions (leaf): 163 × 112 mm.
Dimensions (written): 120 × 80 mm.


1–108 114+1 (+5). No catchwords. All quires originally signed with a roman numeral on the final verso (quire 4 unusually corrected, with cancelled final-leaf signature and a replacement on the opening recto); in this system, quires 3–10 = iii–x.


In long lines, 24 lines to the page. Prickings; bounded and ruled in lead (in some quires, in brown crayon).


Written in protogothic bookhand. Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, punctus interrogativus, and occasional punctus flexus.


Headings in red.

Four- and 5-line arabesque capitals (larger at book initia, 8-line for book 1) in alternate red, slate blue, and green.

In the tables, 1-line initials in red and slate blue and some simple red line fillers.


A modern replacement. Sewn on two thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, two modern paper flyleaves, and a medieval vellum flyleaf; at the rear, two modern paper flyleaves and another marbled leaf (v–vii).


Origin: s. xii3/4 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. iv has been prepared to receive an index, the roman numerals for sections only (s. xii or xiii in.).

An indication of contents (fol. ivv, s. xii ex.).

Pen-trials (fol. 85, ? s. xiii).

‘Liber Collegij Sancti Joannis Baptistae Oxon’ E.8.’ (fol. ivv; the ownership note s. xvii in, the shelfmark later).

The old shelfmark ‘Abac: ij. N. 73’ (fol. ivv).

‘Donum Ricardi Latewarr Doctoris theologi huius Collegij Socij Junij xxio. MDxcviii.’ (fol. 1, upper margin).

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact St John's College Library.


    Eligius Dekkers and Aemilius Gaar, Clavis patrum latinorum, 3rd edn. (Turnhout, 1995).
    Jacques-Paul Migne (ed.), Patrologia Latina 59 (Paris, 1847)
    Hans Walther, Initia carminum ac versuum Medii Aevi posterioris Latinorum, 2nd edn (Göttingen, 1969).

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

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