A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Hatton 76

Summary Catalogue no.: 4125

Physical Description

Composite: two parts
Extent: i + 144 + i. Fols. i, 140 are paper flyleaves of the date of binding.
Foliation: i, 1-65, 65a, 66-87, 87a, 87b, 88-110, 110a, 111-130, 130a, 131-140.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Worcester, Worcestershire, Benedictine cathedral priory of St Mary the Virgin: both parts of the manuscript at Worcester in s. xiii in, when glossed by the 'Tremulous Hand'. (MLGB3: inferred evidence).

Still at Worcester c. 1622, when catalogued by Patrick Young (Cat. MSS. Bibl. Wigorn., ed I. Atkins and N. R. Ker, 1944, no. 322).

In 1644 belonged to Christopher, Lord Hatton (cf. MS. Dugdale 29, f. iv v).

Acquired with other Hatton manuscripts in 1671. Formerly MS. Hatton 100. The chapter-numbers in the margins are in the hand of Francis Junius.

MS. Hatton 76 – I (fols. 1-67)

Contents

1. (fols. 1r-54v)
Gregory the Great, Dialogues (Old English translation)

Fols. 1-3, preface; fols. 3-29, bk. 1; fols. 30-54, bk. 2. Leaves are misbound and should be read in the order 1-36, 38, 37, 39-50, 54, 51, 52. Ends imperf. in bk. 2, ch. 35, with several leaves missing, see collation.

Language(s): Old English
2. (fols. 55r-67v)
Ps.-Basil the Great, Admonitio ad filium spiritualem (Old English translation)
Language(s): Old English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 293 × 205 mm.

Collation

Collation of part A (from Ker): I2 quires: quires 2, 8, 11 are complete, of 8 leaves each (ff. 4-11, 41-48, 55-62). Quires 1, 3, 6, 7, 10 were originally of 8 leaves each, but the first leaf and the last 4 leaves in quire 1, the central bifolium in quire 3, the two outer bifolia in quire 6, leaves 3-5 in quire 7, and the three outer bifolia of quire 10 are missing: these five quires are now respectively ff. 1-3, 12-17, 32-35, 36-40 (f. 38 should precede f. 37), and ff. 51-52 (now misbound in the middle of quire 9). Quire 4, ff. 18-25, consists of 3 bifolia + one leaf after f. 22 and one leaf after f. 24; quire 5, ff. 26-31, is now 3 bifolia, but a leaf is missing after f. 29; quire 9, ff. 49, 50, 53, 54, is now 2 bifolia: a leaf is missing after f. 49 and 2 leaves are missing after f. 53; quire 12 now consists of 2 bifolia (ff. 63-65, 67) +2 leaves inserted after f. 65 (ff. 65, 66), one of which was probably once conjugate with the leaf now missing after f. 63 : in this quire f. 66 is stained and wormholed and appears to have been misplaced as an outside leaf. Leaves 2 and 7 in quire 7 are half-sheets.

Layout

Written space 225-30 × 120-30 mm. ; ; 27 long lines: two or more leaves ruled at a time.

19 long lines on ff. 55-67.

Decoration

Capitals marked in colour, fols. 55-67.

History

Origin: 11th century, first half ; English, Worcester, Benedictine priory (?) (Gneuss & Lapidge)

MS. Hatton 76 – II (fols. 68-139)

Contents

1. (fols. 68r-130ar)
Ps.-Apuleius, Herbal (Old English translation)
Language(s): Old English
1. (fols. 131r-139r)
Damigeron, De lapidibus

Addition, late 11th / early 12th century.

Language(s): Latin

Annotation in French, fol. 74: 'saluz maund a frere water de breouuode cente cincquante millers' s. xii/xiii (Ker)

Language(s): Anglo-Norman

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 208 mm.

Collation

Collation of part B (from Ker): 1(8) wants 6 after f. 72 and 8, probably blank, after f. 73, 2-6(8), 7(8) wants 5 after f. 114, 8(8) wants 3 after f. 119, 9(8) wants 7 after f. 130, 10(8) wants 8, probably blank. 7(8) (f. 130a) is a small fragment.

Layout

Written space 240 × 162 mm. ; 2 cols. of 31 lines (30 lines on ff. 131-9).

Decoration

Spaces left for miniatures.

Good miniature (marginal drawing in drypoint, fol. 126v), addition, 12th century (?), to a MS. of 11th century. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 278)

History

Origin: 11th century, middle; additions c. 1100 ; English, Worcester, Benedictine priory (?) (Gneuss & Lapidge)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Summary description adapted (Oct. 2022) from the following sources, with additional reference to other published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1973), no. 278
N. R. Ker, Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (1957), no. 328
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2022-10: Description revised with reference to Ker and Gneuss/Lapidge