MS. Bodl. 480
Summary Catalogue no.: 2020
Middle English version of James of Milan (Ps.-Bonaventure), Stimulus amoris, perhaps by Walter Hilton .
The first leaf has been almost entirely cut out, and its place supplied by a 16th cent. transcript on three pages, which begins 'Stimulus Amoris. How a man shall have Christis Passion in minde ...Al forwonderid of our selffe'. Similarly fol. 25 is a later substitute.
On fol. 64v a 16th cent. hand has written two English stanzas on the book (beg. 'Thowgh some thing in thys booke')(DIMEV 5884, NIMEV 3706.6), a Latin sentence, and then ‘S. and B. belonges to me; ijs’: the stanzas are over some older English lines, of which the first two are 'Who so euer on me doth loke | I am my w .... ladys boke' (DIMEV 6623, NIMEV 4138).
The first verses identified as being in the hand of Stephen Batman (M. Parkes, 'Stephen Batman's manuscripts', in id., Pages from the past: medieval writing skills and manuscript books, no. 16).
Additions with historiated initial of 16th century, second half.
Contemporary notes on the illumination, fol. 64v. (P&A iii. 951)
Plain white sheepskin on bevelled boards, 15th cent. English work, repaired.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-04-20: Description revised to include all information from SC.