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

MS. Lat. misc. b. 26

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

Manuscript fragments and documents accumulated by N. R. Ker (1908-82) , from sources not now identifiable (but most show traces of having been recovered from bindings, and many are probably from the c. 30 unspecified Phillipps fragments sold at Sotheby's, 22 June 1965, lot 22, [see MS. Lat. misc. b. 25 item 5 above), sorted after arrival in Bodley into rough subject categories. 114 leaves (really 121, for fol. 63 is double, fol. 13 triple, fol. 47 quintuple; fols. 62, 82 and 85 arrived each in two parts).

Physical Description

Composite: guardbook

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Handed on by Prof. A. G. Watson, Dr. Ker's literary executor, in accordance with Dr. Ker's wishes, 1984

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 1

Contents

(fols. 1–42)

Latin liturgical fragments, ranging in size from small scraps to bifolia, from twenty-six manuscripts of the 12th to 15th centuries, including:

(fols. 2–3)
Antiphonal

noted with adiastematic neums, 12th-cent., Germanic

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 17–18, 20–21, 26, 28)
Missals

Fragments of four missals, early 14th to early 15th centuries, English

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 8, 9–11, 22, 24)
Breviaries

fragments of four Breviaries, two late 13th-cent. French and two 14th-cent. English

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 19)
Processional

14th-cent., English

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 29–30, 36–7, 38, 39–40)
Books of Hours

Fragments of four Books of Hours, early to late 15th-century, one English, two French (one with panel-borders, ivy-leaf style) and one Flemish

Language(s): Latin
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 12th century - 15th century ; German; English; Flemish; French

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 2

Contents

(fol. 43)
Prayer
Incipit: Gloryfye me and by that meanes shall I be entysed to shew hym my savynge healthe therfore wyll I offer prayse unto the⟨e⟩
Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: one leaf

History

Origin: mid 16th-century

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 3

Contents

(fols. 45–7e)

Latin biblical commentaries, small fragments from five 12th-cent. manuscripts:

(fol. 45)
Commentary on Isaiah
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 46)
Commentary on Hebrews
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 47a)
Psalms with gloss
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 47c-d)
Exodus with gloss
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 47e)
Haggai with gloss
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 12th century

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 4

Contents

(fols. 48–55)

Latin theological works, fragments ranging in size from a small strip to a damaged bifolium, from six manuscripts of the 12th to 15th centuries

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 12th century - 15th century

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 5

Contents

(fols. 56–7, 59)

Latin scholastic theology, a bifolium from a 13th-cent. manuscript, with (attached to it during its later re-use in a binding) part of a private letter in French, 13th cent.(?);

Language(s): Latin and French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 6

Contents

(fols. 60–67)

Canon law, fragments (small strips bifolia) from five manuscripts of the 13th and 14th centuries, including:

(fols. 63a, 64)
Gregory IX , Decretals,

two fragments from the same leaf (not quite adjoining) of a table of capitula, written in Italy in the later 13th cent.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 65–6)
Sext with gloss

a mutilated bifolium from an early 14th-cent. Italian manuscript, with a badly damaged miniature of an armed man standing before a seated bishop at the start of De regulis iuris (reused in the 16th cent. as the cover of an English Liber Comp' sacriste)

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 67)
Guido de Baysio , Commentary on the Sext,

most of one leaf (I. 3, 12), 14th cent., Italian

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Miniature, fols. 65-6, damaged

History

Origin: 13th century - 14th century

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 7

Contents

(fols. 68–71)
Civil law,

two 13th-cent. manuscripts : (fol. 68) one nearly complete leaf, a former pastedown which carries (fol. 69) the bookplate of Archibald Campbell dated 1708; and (fol. 70) a small scrap of a glossed text

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 8

Contents

(fols. 72–3)

Latin grammar, single leaves from two late 12th-century manuscripts :

(fol. 72)
Priscian , Institutiones

VIII. 8–19 (Keil II, pp. 456 l. 6 - 462 l. 10)

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 73)
Commentary, preceded by an introduction, on Priscian, Inst. XVII. 1–3
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 12th century

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 9

Contents

(fols. 74–5)
Medico-scientific (Aristotelian?) texts,

two 14th-cent. English manuscripts : one scrap, and one complete leaf from a Bk. II

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century ; English

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 10

Contents

(fol. 76)
Literary text,

a thin strip

Language(s): French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th cent.

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 11

Contents

(fols. 77–81)

Undefinable scraps from three manuscripts, including (fol. 81) a cutting from an illuminated border (Italian, 15th cent.?), showing two human heads

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Border, fol. 81

History

Origin: 15th century (?) (in part) ; Italian (in part) (?)

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 12

Contents

(fols. 82–99)
Documents

Nine complete documents (two with seals) and five incomplete items, late 13th to 17th centuries, including documents relating to (fol. 82) Sawbridge and Wolfhamcote, Warwickshire, 1286, (fol. 91) Doncaster, 15th cent., (fol. 84) St. Dunstan Without, nr. Canterbury, Kent, 1535, (fol. 96) Clawton, Devon, 1567

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century, late - 17th century ; English

MSS. Lat. misc. b. 26 - Part 13

Contents

(fols. 100–114)
Documents (fols. 100–111) French, three complete documents and six (?) incomplete items, late 14th – 17th cent. (fol. 112) Dutch, part of a document in Dutch, 16th cent.; and (fol. 113) Italian, a Latin document from the chancery of the Archbishop of Siena , 1544.
Language(s): Latin and Dutch

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century, late - 17th century ; Dutch; French; Italian

Additional Information

Record Sources

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