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MS. Holkham misc. 12

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)

Devotional treatises; Italy (?Venice), 1440

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r-)
Rudolf von Biberach , De septem itineribus aeternitatis
Rubric: Incipit tractatus septem itinerum eternitatis editus a fratre Redulfo de Bibracho qui beatissimi Francisci devotissimus religiosus fuit
Incipit: (preface) Eum qui venit ad me ... Jo. VIo. Sanctus Augustinus in libro de conditione vere vite
Incipit: (text) Circa primum igitur scilicet intrinsecum secretum
Explicit: Qui es trinus et unus deus in eternum benedictus. Amen.
Colophon: Explicit liber seu tractatus de septem itineribus eternitatis a.d. MoCCCCoXoL die iiijo mensis Februarii
(pr. Bonaventure, Opera (Rome, 1588), VI.145-196).
2. (fols. 122r)
Elegiacs in praise of the work
Rubric: perdoctissimi et eloqentissimi viri Iohannis de Tribus montibus
Incipit: Semita sum magni mihi crede viator Olimpi
3. (fols. 122v-135r)
Alphabetical tabula to the work, preceded by instructions for use.
4. (fols. 135r)
Hexameters in praise of the work
Rubric: Disertissimus vir Latino sermoneque eloquentissimus Benedictus Bursa his versibus prescriptum decoravit libellum
Incipit: Si celum cupimus divumque attingere sedes
5. (fols. 135v)
Bonaventure, Soliloquium
Rubric: Liber qui inscribitur ymag vite
(pr. Opera, ed. Quaracchi, VIII.28-67).
6. (fols. 177v-)
Bonaventure, De triplici uia
Rubric: Liber de triplici via spirituali qui vocatur trinatium compliatus per beatum bonaventuram ...'
(pr. Opera, VIII.1-18).
7. (fols. 189v-)
Ps.-Augustine, Sermon 351
Rubric: Beatissimi augustini ... liber de penitentia
Explicit: Ergo dimitte incertum et tene certum
(pr. Migne, PL, XXXIX, 1535-1549; the MS somewhat longer than the pr. edn.)
8. (fols. 201v-)
Ps.-Augustine, Commentary on the Lord's Prayer
Rubric: Eiusdem beati Augustini episcopi expositio super Pater noster
Incipit: Pater noster ... Secundum igitur virtutem predictum exponatur verbum
Explicit: dilatione purgatorii me absolvat. Benedictus deus meus in secula seculorum. Amen
9. (fols. 203r-)
Caesarius of Arles, Sermo de indigna familiaritate extranearum mulierum
Rubric: Beati Augustini episcopi liber de honestate mulierum

serm. 41; Ps.-Augustine, Serm. 293 in appendix, Migne, PL, XXXIX, 2301-3).

10. (fols. 205r-)
Rubric: Sermo sancti Augustini episcopi de edificatione anime
Incipit: Obsecro vos fratres karissimi quod iustius seculi vanitates et peritura respuitis
Explicit: confugimus fiducialiter patrem et filium et spiritum sanctum in secula seculorum Amen
11. (fols. 208r-)
Ps.-Augustine, Serm. 154
Rubric: Beati Augustini liber de beato latrone qui pependit in cruce
(pr. as Sermon appendix 154, Migne, PL, XXIX, 3043-7).
12. (fols. 211v-)
Ps.-Augustine, Serm. 49
Rubric: Gloriosi Augustini episcopi de contemptu mundi sermo egregius
(pr. as Serm. App. 49, Migne, PL, XL.1332-4).
13. (fols. 214r-)
Pelagius; (Ps.-Augustine) , Liber de uita christiana
Rubric: Gloriosi Augustini episcopi de vita christiana
(pr. Migne, PL, XL, 1031-46).
14. (fols. 226v-)
Ps.-Augustine, Manuale
Rubric: Gloriosissimi Augustini libellus devotissimus qui manuale inscribitur

[ending imperfect at:] ... ut amem deum meum ||'

(Migne, PL, XL, 951-68; ending imperfect at col. 962).
15. (fols. 235v-)
Rubric: Libellus seu tractatus beati Augustini episcopi de moribus et vita honesta. In alio libro dicitur Ambrosii
(pr. as Ambrose, Ep. 4 in appendix, Migne, PL, XVII, 749-52).
16. (fols. 237r-)
Bernard of Clairvaux, De diligendo Deo
Rubric: Beati Bernardi abbatis Clare vallis liber de diligendo deum
(pr. Migne, PL, CLXXXII, 974-1000).
17. (fols. 256r-)
Arnulfus de Boeriis, Speculum monachorum
Rubric: Incipit liber qui intitulatur speculum monachorum ad vite correctionem editum a sancto Bernardo
(pr. Migne, PL, CLVXXXIV, 1175-8; for attribution to Boeriis see J. M. Canivez, Dict. de Spiritualite, I, 894
18. (fols. 258r-)
Ps. Bernard, Formula honestae uitae
Rubric: Formula honeste vite edita a sancto Bernardo de Claravalle
(pr. PL, CLXXXIV, 1167-70).
19. (fols. 259v-)
Ps.-Bernard
Rubric: Informatio ad religionem s. Bernardi abbatis
Incipit: Ad hoc studeat quisque frater ut vivat in obedientia
Explicit: odoris optimi fragrantia
20. (fols. 260v-)
Ps.-Bernard , Preface to Psalms
Rubric: Incipit liber de melodia psalmorum beati Bernardi abbatis
Incipit: Omnis scriptura divinitus inspirata

Ending imperfect

Explicit: mortalibus ne eger||[ent]
(Stegmuller, Rep. biblicum pref., no. 411; pr. PL, XXXVIII, 63-6).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 260 + iii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 93 × 65 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil, i-iii, 1-263; there is a foliation, apparently by the original scribe, in red roman numerals, and a post-medieval foliation in ink in tiny arabic numbers, often partially or wholly cropped in binding.

Collation

1(10)-35(10), 14(6), 15(10)-26(10), 27 only first 4 leaves remaincatchwords

Layout

27 written lines per page, below top line; in 1 column.

Hand(s)

Fine 'fere humanistica' script, attributed to Michael de Salvaticis (see under Provenance).

Decoration

One reactangular miniature: the Stigmatization of St. Francis, his companion nearby outside a chapel, set in a lanscape with mountains, trees, bushes, a river, and animals; with a three-sided foliate border, including the Redeemer in a small roundel in the upper border, and the Virgin and Child seated on the ground in a larger roundel in the lower border (fol. 1r). (P&A ii. 464, pl. XLVI)

Binding

Straight-grained dark blue morocco, the upper cover stamped in gilt with the Coke crest; the spine lettered in gilt 'BIBRACHI | ITINERUM | ÆTERNITATI | ET | ALIORUM | OPERA | -- | MS. | SÆC. XV. | 154'.

History

Origin: Italian, Veneto, Venice (?); 1440

Provenance and Acquisition

The scribe is identifiable with Michael de Salvaticis , active in Venice c.1430-60.

Bernardo Trevisan , Venice, early 18th century ((Hassall, 1970), 24 n. 11).

Bought by Thomas Coke , c. 1717.

Bookplate ' THOMAS WILLIAM COKE ' (1754-1842), and the signature 'Thos Wlm Coke' (fol. i verso); formerly Holkham Hall, MS. 154.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (6 images from 35mm slides)