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

MS. Lat. misc. b. 13

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

Guardbook of fragments: the following description is incomplete

Physical Description

Composite: guardbook
Fols. 47r-53v of this guardbook were at one stage reserved for fragments of correspondence relating to the Crusade of 1270, removed from the binding of Auct. 7Q 5.44 (Bod-Inc A-192(1)) (see L. Carolus-Barré, ‘Un recueil épistolaire composé à Saint-Denis sur la Croisade (1270-1271)’, Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres 110/4 (1966), 555-568 (560)). The fragments were never inserted, and are now missing, and the folios were used for other items.

History

Origin: English; French ; 13th - 17th centuries, 1528

MS. Lat. misc. b. 13, fols. 24-5

Contents

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment

Decoration

Good initials (P&A iii. 605)

History

Origin: 14th century ; English

MS. Lat. misc. b. 13, fol. 50

Contents

Commentary on Aristotle, Ethics (bk. X)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragments
Support: Parchment, damaged
Extent: Two conjugate fragments, now rejoined to one another.
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 50 mm.
(dimensions of each fragment)

Layout

Ruling not visible; part of 36 lines survive.

Hand(s)

Written in an informal gothic hand.

Decoration

No headings survive.

The lower part of an initial survives, with elaborate red and blue penwork.

History

Origin: English ; 14th century

Provenance

Removed in 1974 from the binding of B.6.6.Linc.

MS. Lat. misc. b. 13, fol. 51

Contents

Cautions of Durham monks at Oxford University

A series of cautions, headed 'liber sci dunelmens''; most of them subsequently crossed-through or erased. The third entry is dated 1313, the penultimate one is dated 1325.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: Parchment, damaged.
Extent: Single membrane.
Dimensions (leaf): 335 × 240 mm.

Layout

Apparently not ruled.

Hand(s)

Written in an a variety of cursive hands.

History

Origin: English ; c. 1300-25

Provenance and Acquisition

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; given by them to the British Records Association.

British Records Association; stamped 'BRA | 481' on the verso; deposited on temporary loan at Bodleian in May 1952, and given as a gift on permanent deposit in August 1975.

MS. Lat. misc. b. 13, fol. 52

Contents

Letter from the mercenary John Gubion to the Signori defensori and Capitano del Popolo of Siena
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: Paper; a red wax seal on the dorse.
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 300 mm.

Layout

Not ruled.

Hand(s)

Written in an a cursive hand.

Seal(s):

Red wax seal on the dorse

History

Origin: Italian, Florence ; 14th century, dated 6 May Ind. VII (1369?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Inscribed in 19th century pencil: 'S[otheby?] 1856 | No 273'.

Sir Thomas Phillipps , part of his MS. 21499.

Phillipps sale at Sotheby's, 25 June, 1968, lot 889.

Bought at Sotheby's, 8 December 1975, lot 47

MS. Lat. misc. b. 13, fol. 54

Contents

William of Pagula , Summa summarum

Book III.39

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 215 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 285 × 165 mm.

Layout

Ruled apparently in very faint leadpoint, with two columns of 68 lines

Hand(s)

Written in gothic script..

Decoration

Headings in red ink; capitals stroked in red; paraphs and underlinings in red.

One two-line initial in blue, with red penwork.

History

Origin: English ; 14th century

Provenance and Acquisition

F. S. Ferguson ; given by him to Neil Ker in 1954.

Given to the Bodleian by N. R. Ker, 8 January 1976.

MS. Lat. misc. b. 13, fols. 55-61

Contents

Legal text (unidentified; includes a section from Book IV)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: Parchment
Extent: Seven cuttings.
Dimensions (leaf): 110 × 110 mm.
(dimensions of each cutting; each column c. 85 mm. wide, the inter-columnar space c. 15 mm. wide)
Dimensions (ruled): × mm.

Layout

Ruled in brown 'crayon', in two columns; each cutting with up to 29 lines, so a full leaf would probably have had at least 60 lines per column

Hand(s)

Written in a neat rounded gothic hand.

Decoration

One heading in red; paraphs in red or blue, running titles in red and blue; some captials stoked in a orange-yellow wash.

Part of a three-line 'puzzle' initial survives, in red and blue with red and mauve penwork; a two-line intial is in red with simple mauve penwork.

History

Origin: Italian ; 14th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought at auction at Buckell and Ballard, Banbury, 28 January 1975, lot 407, for £5.50.

Additional Information

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

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