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

MS. Lat. misc. e. 85

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

Physical Description

Composite: three parts
Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 98 leaves

Binding

modern binding of oak boards with two clasps wanting the straps.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by C. M. Firth, 1931.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

MS. Lat. misc. e. 85 - Part 1

Contents

(fol. ii)
Vocabulary (Verbale),

arranged by conjugation and penultimate letter, with principal parts and English meaning

Language(s): Latin and English
Incipit: labo as bavi batum to slide neutrum
Explicit: Estque nomen domino radix et publica verbum
(fol.45)
Vocabulary (Nominale),

with declension and English meaning, arranged by subject

Language(s): Latin and English
Incipit: hic deus dei anglice god
Explicit: hoc lionodium dii flaxe bolle||

Both vocabularies occur in reverse order in MS.Bodley 604. Fol.44v is blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermark letter P, two varieties, the first not identified in Briquet, the second cf. Briquet 8673
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written): 175–80 × 110 mm.

Collation

1(60), 2(10)

Layout

34–8 lines in single and double (fol.45–70v) cols.

Decoration

plain red initials.

History

Origin: 15th century ; English

MS. Lat. misc. e. 85 - Part 2

Contents

(fol.71)
Sermon for Easter Day
Language(s): English
Incipit: ⟨Christus resurgen⟩s … iam non moritur .. ⟨Where⟩as this day our Savyour Criste vyctoriously rose
Explicit: lat them make clene ther concyens for the welleth of ther sowlys
(fol.74)
Sermon for Easter Day
Incipit: ⟨W.S⟩overans and friends, after the commendabyll costome
Explicit: from this treuth to be separatyd or devyded

found also in British Museum MS.Royal 18.B.XXV, fol.64

Language(s): English
(fol.75cv)
Poem attacking Protestant reformers
Rubric: A commendation … to his friends
Language(s): English
Incipit: Blame me not reader

32 eight-line stanzas and two distichs. Those named include John Lambert (d.1538), Thos. Garrat (d.1540), William Jerome (d.1540), and Thos. Bilney (d.1531).

(fol.79)
Poem
Rubric: of a fow⟨l⟩e that wantyd his fethers
Incipit: In a forest as I went

Nine irregular stanzas with refrain ‘parce mihi Domine’

Language(s): English
(fol.81)
Poem
Colophon: Explicit cantus quod de Thomas Peny of Houghton (fol.82)
Incipit: As I wanderd on my walkyng
(Brown and Robbins Index no.349)
Language(s): English
(fol.83)
Poem on Henry VI
Rubric: of kynge herry the vi
Language(s): English
Incipit: As I walkyd my self alone
(Brown and Robbins Index no.372) Fol.75bv and 75c are blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper, watermark hand with crown and initials 0? B cf. Briquet 11391.
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 150 mm.
Measurements of ruling and number of lines varying.

Collation

1(10), 2(10) (6–10 cut out)

History

Origin: 16th century ; English

MS. Lat. misc. e. 85 - Part 3

Contents

John Mandeville , Travels

Fragment, including parts of ch.XIII–XV (pp.85–101 of the Hakluyt Soc. edition). The text is disjointed, the correct order of the leaves being 86, 87, 84, 85, 90, 91, 88, 89. Not mentioned in J. W. Bennett The Rediscovery of Sir John Mandeville, New York, 1954, pp.288–297. The text is accompanied by crude marginal drawings in colour.

Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper, watermark circle and line, cf. Briquet 3113.
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 100 mm.

Collation

1(8)

Layout

28 long lines

Decoration

Crudely painted red, green and buff initials.

The text is accompanied by crude marginal drawings in colour

History

Origin: 16th century ; English