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DUL MS Cosin V.I.6 P. Lombardus, Sententiarum libri iv s. xiii med.

These incomplete draft descriptions of medieval manuscripts in Durham University Library are copyright, and may not be quoted without the permission of the University of Durham Library.

Owing to inconsistencies with the source software, accented characters appear in varying compound forms. This has not yet been rationalized.

7/2/90 AJP revision of AJP + AID

[1] + 202 + [1]; foliated, s. xviii/xix, 1-200, repeating 57 and 147. Folios or openings numbered, in soft brown, s. xiii/xiv, at the top left of versos, ff. 1-138: 37-172, repeating 63 (ff. 27v and 28v) and 103 (ff. 68v and 69v). Membrane (0.11 mm., supple; a few natural flaws, e.g. ff. 4, 148, and edges; quires with fleshside outermost), 310 x 205 mm.; outer edges cropped. Tear repaired f. 38.

Collation: 1-1112, 1212 wants two (blank ?) of 10-12, probably 10 and 12 before and after f. 141; 13-1712. Catchwords on quires 4 and 14-16. Quires 4 and 7 numbered in soft brown at the lower left of the first recto: vj and ix. Before the first quire, that would have been numbered 'iij', the medieval leaf-numbers, see above, indicate the loss of 36 leaves and the amount of text missing at the start can be calculated as requiring approximately this amount of space; therefore, either one at least of quires 'j' and 'ij' was larger than those that follow, or, more probably, three regular quires of twelve are missing, the first of which was not numbered.

Pricking remains in outer margins of ff. 158-164. Written space 185-190 x 114 (52.8.52) mm.; ruled in greyish brown. 2 columns. 40 lines.

Written in gothic minuscule, expertly, by three hands, changing at ff. 88r/b and 189, with the poor quality hairside of the central bifolium of quire 13 (ff. 147 and 147*v) written rather larger. Punctuation by punctus and punctus elevatus.

Decoration: text-capitals filled with red. Initials: (i) in chapter-lists, 1-line, alternately red and blue; (ii) to divisions, 2-line, as (i), with infilling and flourishing of the other colour; (iii) to books, 6- or 7-line, red and blue divided in steps, with infilling and flourishing in red and blue.

No running-titles.


ff. 1-200v .i. si persona essentie tantum intelligentiam facit? ... ... illi deus imputaret ad continentiam si non sue

Peter Lombard, Sententiae, imperfect (I,d.25,c.4 - IV,d.32,c.2.). PL 192,589/11-923/6. This copy not listed by Stegmller. The amount of text lost at the beginning is the equivalent of approximately 34 folios, and at the end, the equivalent of approximately 26.

Bk I cap. 131 has the uncorrected reading but Bk III cap. 38 has the revised reading with one phrase from the unrevised text (sapientia genita que tantum modo filius est): see ed. 1971-81, I, 143*. The prologues to Books II and III (ff. 32v, 84v-85) are as ed. 1916 pp. 306, 550. The first sentence of IV,d.24,c.11 is repeated after the second sentence, f. 189. The lists of capitula (ff. 30v-32v, 85-86, 142-144) do not correspond with the text, but are close to those ed. 1916 pp. 295-305, 543-549, 735-744.

In numbers of places the divisions diverge: no rubric or break at e.g. I,xxx,2, II,ix,9, III,iii,2 or IV,i,6; breaks at e.g. PL 192,590/67, 704/30, 800/42 and 900/19. The divergences mostly co-incide with those in Cosin MS V.I.5 above.

f. 142, between Books III and IV, blank, except for abundant early notes in soft brown.

Correction and annotation

Correction of omission in main hand, f. 75v margin. Corrections and supplies of omissions in brown ink, also by a smaller anglicana.

Book and distinction numbers added in soft brown or occasionally ink at head of rectos and, from f. 175 onwards, the latter also on versos; also sporadicaly in margins and in ink, more frequently in Books I and II, many when book was less tightly bound. Many marginal notes, citing Hugo, by the smaller anglicana corrector, s. xiii/xiv. Lengthy marginal notes of similar period in soft brown, difficult to read, possibly including, f. 156, occasionaly English words, e.g. 'kyng'. Ink notes by one or two English hands s. xv2.

Written in France.

Secundo folio missing.

The late medieval annotations resemble those in printed books belonging to the monks of Durham but have not been identified with any.

Pen-trials in margins, all seemingly by one hand, s.xvi2, some upside-down, include snatches of songs: 'saye on swyete berd on bryare saye as symth the how hath a thang so dere as my loue is on to me saye on swyet de beord', f. 13; 'frend John norhantone were do ye dewell now at Collyberene [Collabear, Devon ?] in the grene my good', f. 13; 'This belle mad the xxiii and day of febeararye In the Fourth yere of the Ragne of Elyabath that I harry norcaok (?) doth ought', f. 46; 'Rechard Londone after my moste Hartily Commendacions ...', f. 64; 'John Rede', thrice in various spellings, f. 96; 'John Read at asshell [Devon ?] wyth in the par parishe of Pcolmmp (?) [Uffculme or Cullompton, Devon ?] ...', f. 138v; 'Sir Jening of norlye'; 'What shall I suye synce faeth is dead | and truth away from vs is Fled | shall I be lead with doublyes | naye naye myssteres', f. 141.

Note of content, s. xvii in., f. 1.

'Geo. Davenport. 1664.' on slip stuck to front pastedown.

Binding: standard, s. xix med.; 2 clasps.