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DUL MS Cosin V.V.2 A. de Insulis, etc. s. xv 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.


11/4/90 AJP revision of AJP


This manuscript is described M. T. Gibson & N. F. Palmer, "Manuscripts of Alan of Lille, Anticlaudianus in the British Isles", Studi Medievali 3a serie, 28,ii (1987), pp. 951-2.

1 (paper, s. xvii) + 2 (medieval flyleaves) + 208 + 2 (medieval flyleaves) + 1 (paper, s. xvii), and, stuck to f. a, a paper slip with notes by Thomas Rud; foliated a, i-ii, 1-211. Membrane (0.12 mm.; some flaws and natural edges; quires with fleshside outermost), 172 x 110-114 mm. Outer and lower edges cropped.

Collation: (A: ff. 1-124) 112 wants 1, 212 wants 6-7 after f. 16 and 11 (blank) after f. 19, 312, 412 with 2-3 (ff. 34- 35) and 10-11 (ff. 42-43) singletons [apparently following the removal and replacement of the original 2-3, judging by the traces on the stubs of 10-11, but not those of 2-3, of the horizontal frame-lines drawn across the full bifolia], 5-612, 712 wants 12 (blank ?) after f. 79; 812, [one quire12 (?) missing], 9-1012, 1112 wants 10-12 (blank ?) after f. 124; (B: ff. 125-160) 12-1412; (C: ff. 161-208) 1512, 16- 188, 1912. Catchwords on quires 9 and 16, also on ff. 41-42 for singletons in quire 4 (see above). Quires 1-5 signed in red, + a-d; quires 3-9 and 12-14, in ink, b-g j m-o, with f as well as e on leaves 4-6 of quire 6, and g as well as f on leaf 2 of quire 7.

No evidence of pricking. Written space 107-112 x 70-74 mm., with a single prick at each corner; ruled in soft brown. 27- 30 lines.

Written in cursiva formata of somewhat French style, expertly, by 3 hands: (I) (A) and quires 16-19, sloped, with 8-form g, and final s either textura, or, ff. 17-92, 6-form; (II) (B), more upright, with secretary g giving way to 8- form g, and textura final s; (III) quire 15, somewhat sloped, with 8-form g much more often than secretary g, final s 6-form much more often than textura or kidney- shaped, and r more often anglicana than secretary.

Decoration: text-capitals lined with red, ff. 1-24. Paraphs or virgules, in red, ff. 1v-3v and 171v, or, in items 3 and 5, in blue. Initials: (i) to subsections of item 1, 1-line, alternately blue and, ff. 4-28v, red; (ii) to sections of items 1, 3 and 4, 2- or 3-line, blue, up to f. 22v and for (iii) and (iv) with infilling and flourishing in red; (iii) to item 4, 4-line, as (ii); (iv) to items 1 (f. 4), 3 and 5, 7-line or more, as (ii).

Contents:

For flyleaves, see item 7 below.

f. iiv List of contents, s. xv2.

(A)

1. ff. 1-78v (Prose prologue, opening missing: Cum fulminis impetus ...) appetunt veritatem: ne sanctum datum canibus vilescat ne porcorum pedibus ... (f. 1v Summarium) Qvia igitur in hoc opere agitur de quattuor artificibus ... (f. 3v) dicitur antiruffinus quasi contrarius ruffino (f. 4) Avctoris mendico stilum phaleras que poete | ... Et sibi iuncta magis nature dona resultent | ... ... Et famam delere cupit. laudes que poete | Supplantare nouas. saltem post fata silebit.

Alan of Lille, Anticlaudianus, with summarium. PL 210,483- 574; ed. T. Wright, The Anglo-Latin satirical poets and epigrammatists of the twelfth century ii, [Rolls Series 59,ii] (London; 1872), 268-426; ed. R. Bossuat, Alain de Lille, Anticlaudianus, (Textes philosophiques du moyen age 1, Paris; 1955). Gibson & Palmer place this copy among the deteriores of the English recension. The amount of text lost at the beginning is the equivalent of a little less than one folio; two folios lost between folios 16 and 17 contained 111 lines (II,213-323). On two leaves, ff. 34-35, that appear to be replacements (see above Collation), the text on f. 34v (IV,278-306) is repeated on f. 35r-v/1. Lines omitted: III,125-126, 141; IV,339, 352; V,321b-322a; VII,50- 52, 302; VIII,61; IX,74-76, 293, 350. Blanks remain for a number of individual words, presumably where the scribe had problems with the exemplar. Divisions, marked by a coloured capital, which do not co-incide with those in Bossuat, at: I,109, 119, 124, 187; II,185, 188, 191, 194; III,489; IV,83, 341; V,109, 128, 243; VI,50, 58, 284; VII,20, 28, 34,68, 77, 83, 92, 102, 110, 221, 237, 245, 248, 303, 315, 356, 419, 439, 458; VIII,75, 221, 243, 249, 255, 260, 267, 280, 283, 288, 291, 296; IX,14, 41, 257, 294, 329. One line left blank between VIII,349 & 350, VIII,369 & IX,1, IX,13 & 14, 379 & 380, 409 & 410.

2. (added, s. xv2, in three hands):

(a) f. 78v (lower margin) Consentit. necligit. suadet. iuuat atque tuetur | Hic minus. hic que minus. luit hic. equaliter hic plus.

(b) f. 79 Insurgunt miles pastor pugil in cocadrillum | lance pedo claua forat hic trahit is ferit ille. | Hic pastoralis numquam vidi talis | Qualis est ille qui pugnat cum cocadrille.

(c) f. 79 Qui dictare putet semper pars prima salutet | Altera blanditur per ternam res aperitur | Quarta petit votum claudit conclusio totum | Partes epistole.

(a) PSLMA no. 3125, from Oxford Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson 384 f. 116v [s. xv].

(c) ICV no. 15470, listing five copies, one in England: London British Library MS Royal 11.A.xi fol 89 [s. xv].

f. 79v blank.

3. ff. 80-124v In lacrimas risus. in luctus gaudia verto In planctum plausus in lacrimosa iocos ... ... in sompnio prior mistice apparicionis dereliquit aspectus etc. Explicit alanus Munum [gap] capelle de conquestu seu planctu nature in prosa et metro etc.

Alan of Lille, De planctu naturae. PL 210,431-441, 452-482; ed. T. Wright, The Anglo-Latin satirical poets and epigrammatists of the twelfth century ii, [Rolls Series 59,ii] (London; 1872), 429-447, 467-522; N. M. H"aring, Studi Medievali xix (1978), 806-823/V.6, 838/166-879. The loss of text (PL 210,441/19-452/26 'matrem') between ff. 91 and 92 amounts to almost exactly the same as that covered by the twelve leaves of quire 8 (ff. 80-91). H"aring, "Manuscripts of the De Planctu naturae of Master Alan of Lille", Citeaux: Commentarii Cistercienses xxix (1978), 93- 155, lists this copy as no. 20, and includes it (p. 99) among ten, seven of them English, describing Alan as 'minimi capelle', corruptly rendered in the explicit here.

(B)

4. (quires 12-14) ff. 125-160 Papa stupor mundi si dixero papa nocenti | Acephalium nomen tribuam tibi si capud addam ... ... Crescere (non) poteris quantum de iure mereris | Explicit galfridus.

Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria nova; ed. E. Faral, Les arts po'etiques du xiie et du xiiie si`ecle, (Biblioth`eque de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes - Sciences historiques et philologiques fasc. 238, Paris; 1924), pp. 197-262. In its divergences from the main text this copy most frequently accords with MS G. It has extra lines: 1 between 1473 & 1474; 2 between 344 & 345 (as MS C), 468 & 469 (ABCDG), 475a & b (ABCDG), 1264 & 1265; and 4 between 922 & 923 (as A's replacement for 923). Lines 290-291 are between 303 & 304 (ABG), and 1077-1083 between 1018 & 1019; lines 49 & 50, 889 & 890 (G) are reversed. Lines omitted: 79-86 (BCDG), 327b- 329a (G), 515-526 (G), 651b-652a (G), 675 (BCG), 678 (BCG), 735-736 (G), 1151, 1407-1410 (AG), 1511, 2081-2098 (G); lines omitted but added later: 21, 117, and 262. Divisions, marked either by a coloured capital or by a space for one, which do not co-incide with those in Faral, at: 50, 213, 386, 397, 412, 437, 640, 645, 650, 718, 778, 800, 807, 813, 850, 855, 902, 913, 916, 938, 969, 1098, 1252, 1280, 1325, 1334, 1345, 1366, 1391, 1411, 1423, 1434, 1559, 1622, 1745, 1831, and 1888. Divisions in Faral omitted in this copy at: 71, 77, 151, 158, 206, 455, (line 515 om.), 687, 830, 908, 936, 949, 966, 1117, 1124, 1132, 1139, 1169, 1531, 1538, 1545, 1560, 1563, 1580, 1584, 1588, 1602, 1651, 1699, 1764, 1781, 1803, 1842, 1853, 1883, 1917, 1943, 1960, 1969, 2009, 2017, 2066, (line 2096 om.).

f. 160v blank.

(C)

5. (quires 15-19) ff. 161-208 Uniuersis christi Fidelibus ad quos tenor presentis scripture peruenerit. Ricardus de Bury ... (f. 163) philobiblon amabiliter nuncupare Explicit prologus incipiunt capitula Quod thesaurus sapientie potissime sit in libris / 2m ... (f. 163v) pro nobis suffragia diuine pietati Quod thesaurus sapientie potissime sit in libris Thesaurus desiderabilis sapiencie et scientie quem omnes homines per instinccionem ne desiderant ... ... primordiale [gap] ac eiusdem concedat perpetuum fruibilis faciei conspectum Amen. Explicit philobiblon Domini Ricardi Almgeruile de Buri quondam episcopi Dunelmensis.

Richard d'Aungerville of Bury (?), Philobiblon; ed. A. Altamura, Riccardo da Bury - Philiobiblon, (Naples; 1954). This copy is Dh, described (p. 34), and classified (pp. 61- 62) with two other English copies in group z of family b, although it has almost all the distinctive readings listed (p. 51) for copies in the superior family a. There is a similar discrepancy in the classification of Oxford Bodleian Library MS Lyell 63, see A. C. de la Mare, Catalogue, (197XX), p. 194.

6. (added on flyleaves, s. xv ex.)

(a) f. 209 artis et assimenis (?) humiles (sup)portat in altum.

(b) Ypocras. R 33 albi boni ... Pome aumbre. R Lapdani ...

(b) Two recipes.

7. ff. i-ii and 209-210 are medieval flyleaves, made from parts of two (?) leaves, from which the Latin text has been effectively erased.

Annotation:

A few Greek words in margins, s. xvii (?), by at least two hands, e.g. ff. 69v, 70, 208.

Written in England, to judge by the text-recension of item 1 and scribe (III)'s use of anglicana r, but in a somewhat French style.

Secundo folio: appetunt (f. 1).

List of contents, s. xv2, in an English hand, f. iiv. 'Pertinet R Langley' in red, s. xv ex., f. iiv. 'Johannes Heyham Johannes Hay good', 'Iste liber constat Thome ... Testantibus (?) Denbarowe (?)', s. xv/xvi, f. ii. 'Liber psalmorum teste psalterio quod Jacke my bwoye', s. xvi, f. 108v. 'By me Michael Lart', s. xvi/xvii, f. 209v.

Belonged to George Davenport: his notes on the texts and their authors, ff. iiv, 125 and 160.

'Tho. James edidit Philobiblon Oxonii 1599 - v. P.IV.39', s. ??, f. iiv, refers to WHAT COPY ??????



Binding: hole/mark three-quarters down outer edge of ff. i- ii, as from fixing of one of a pair of clasps. Red and blue offsets on ff. i and 210v from former marbled flyleaves or cover. Sides covered with brown leather, s. xvii ex., with a pair of blind fillets round edges and vertically c. 15 mm. in from spine. Rebacked, s. xix med.; 1 clasp.