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MS. Auct. T. 2. 26

Summary Catalogue no.: 20632

Physical Description

Composite: fols. 1-32 || fols. 33-145 || fols. 146-78
Dimensions (leaf): c. 235 × 183 mm.

Layout

30 lines.

History

Origin: The archetype of fols. 33-145 (providing a terminus post quem) can be dated 435 or 442, depending a whether a leaf now lost before fol. 145 (but known from descendants of this MS), which referred to 442 C.E., was in the original hand or a later addition. Fols. 146-78 can be dated to after 548 since the text ends abruptly in that year. Lowe suggested an Italian origin perhaps because the descendants of the MS. are Italian, but none is earlier than the 15th century.

Provenance and Acquisition

In southern (?) France by the fifteenth century when part 1 was added.

Jean de Tillet (d. 1570), bishop of Meaux: borrowed from him by Arnaud de Pontac (Pontacus) for his edition (published 1604).

Paris, Jesuit college of Clermont: no. 638 in the sale catalogue of 1764.

Bought by Gerard Meerman (1722-1771).

His son, Jan Meerman (1753-1815).

His sale, 1824, lot. 54, purchased by the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from Watson and Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Availability

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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (25 images from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

    A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 64
    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 684 [fols. 1-32]

    Online resources:

MS. Auct. T. 2. 26 - Part 1 (fols. 1-32)

Contents

Eusebius, Chronicon (tr. and continued by Jerome)

Die Chronik des Hieronymus / Hieronymi Chronicon, ed. R. Heim, Eusebius Werke, 7, 2nd. ed. (Die Griechischen Christlichen Schriftsteller der Ersten Jahrhunderte 47) (1956, repr. 1984) (siglum 0); Eusebii Pamphili Chronici canones latine vertit, adauxit, ad sua tempora produxit S. Eusebius Hieronymus, ed. J. K. Fotheringham (1923) (siglum O).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

Preface (fols. 1r-5r) in 2 columns, otherwise in 1 column

Decoration

Good border, initials (supplement to the 5th-century core). (P&A i. 684)

History

Origin: 15th century, first half ; French, South (?)

MS. Auct. T. 2. 26 - Part 2 (fols. 33-145)

Contents

Eusebius, Chronicon (tr. and continued by Jerome)

For editions, see above.

Final leaf (after fol. 144) missing, text ends 'per auaritiam Maximi'. Fol. 145 is a supplement, 'A Troiae excidium...apud Durostorum', partly pr. Chronica minora II, ed. T. Mommsen, MGH Auct. Antiq. XI (1894), p. 49, referring to events of 435 C.E.; descendants of the MS. indicate that text on the lost leaf referred to events of 444.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (written): c. 170 × c. 130 mm.

Layout

1 column

Hand(s)

Uncial. One hand, in three sizes dictated by the requirements of the text. Marginalia and fol. 145 in a sloping uncial by the same scribe.

Decoration

Rubrics (some in minium), year numbers in red.

History

Origin: 5th century, middle (after 435 or after 442) ; Italian (?)

MS. Auct. T. 2. 26 - Part 3 (fols. 146-178)

Contents

Marcellinus comes, Chronicle

Ed. Chronica minora II, ed. T. Mommsen, MGH Auct. Antiq. XI (1894), pp. 37-108; the present MS. = siglum T, described pp. 48-50.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (written): c. 170 × c. 130 mm.

Layout

1 column

Decoration

Rubrics (some in minium), year numbers in red.

History

Origin: 6th century (after 548) ; Italian (?)