MS. Lat. th. d. 40
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
list of chapters of Book I
A separate list of contents precedes each book. There are no chapter headings. Some contemporary corrections. Ed. A. Hoste, C.H. Talbot in Aelredi Rievallensis opera omnia I (Corpus christianorum. Continuatio medievalis I), 1971, pp.3–161. Our manuscript belongs to the ‘English’ family and is closest to L (MS.Lambeth Palace 397, 12th cent., from Lanthony).
2 cols. with lines ruled straight across
fol.1–24, 26 lines ruled in brown ‘crayon’; ’; ;
fol.25–48 (i.e. quires ruled by or for scribe b), 31–34 lines ruled in grey ‘lead
fol.49–71, 32 lines, apart from fol.69v–70, 30 lines, mostly ruled in brown
Pricking in both inner and outer margins on fol.1–24, 49–64
Three scribes, all writing above top line, (a) fol.1–20ra mid 1.12; (b) fol.20ra mid 1. 12–48v; (c) fol.49–71ra
Penwork initial; initials red or green, with pen flourishing in green and/or red.
Original white leather over thick, slightly bevelled, wood boards; lower part of spine slightly damaged, tab at top of spine. Remains of strap for a fastening(?) fixed to centre edge of upper cover. It probably attached to a pin in the lower cover, although no trace of this is now visible. Two nail holes near the top of the lower cover - perhaps for a title label. Trace of a post-medieval label on the spine. Medieval book-marker formed of a thick strip of white leather, about 15mm. wide, cut into four narrower strips, left joined at the top.
Provenance and Acquisition
Augustinian abbey of Haughmond, Shropshire: 'Liber iste est ecclesie sancti Iohannis apostoli et ewangeliste de Hagemon' (fol. i (flyleaf))
Bought from Quaritch in 1975 with the help of an anonymous donation given ‘to commemorate the keepership of Dr. R.W. Hunt.’