Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 322 (U.7.16)
Title: Tragoediae
Images: [ MS Hunter 322 fol. 1r ] [ MS Hunter 322 fol. 138v ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Lvcii Annaei Senecae, Tragoediae.
Seneca's Tragedies:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-5): Tragidia. I. [rubricated title] | LVCII ANAEI SENECAE : CORDVBENSIS | HERCVLES FVRENS TRAGEDIA PRIMA | INCIPIT | H [small gilt illuminated initial] Hieronymi balbi argumentum in herculem furentem
Ends (36, 7 verso lines 6, 7): Fulmina mictes. | Finit foeliciter = Peiper and Richter, p. 454, l. 2006.
Remarks: On iv, 1 verso a name has been completely erased.
On iv, 4 verso in a XVII. Cent. hand: Joannes Balesdeus dono | dedit Clarissimis Typographis | Joanni et Theodoro | Maire in amicitiae symbolum. The same hand has written (on the same line as INCIPIT on 1, 1 recto): Joannis Balesdeus Aduoc.
On i, 1 recto inner margin: Ex libris Cæsaris De Missy: Londini: Anno M.DCC.XLV. The illuminated initial (S) which begins the text (line 15 of the first page) is historiated and contains Hercules in full armour and with a spiky club over his right shoulder and lion-skin worn as a surtout, leading the three-headed hound Cerberus (white) with a blue rope round its neck. The style resembles that of the illuminations in the Vita Christi (T.1.4-7).
The floreated margin (here and at the openings of other tragedies) also resembles that Flemish style, with birds and monstrous grotesques, &c. In the bottom margin a winged (green above, red beneath) white (argent) Pegasus breathing fire, dexter, rampant, bears a shield supported by a blue baldrick buckled round his neck charged thus: on a field (gules) between three cumulus clouds (?) (arg.) two pilgrim's staves (or) in chevron, motto in red on a blue and silver ribbon STIMVLOS DEDIT AEMVLAT VIRTVS. This shield occurs at the beginning of every tragedy but the VIIth (Medea).
On 36, 7 verso after one line space (in the same hand as the rest of the MS.): Karolus fernandus lectorem alloquitur [rubric] | Qui legis altiloqui veneranda poemata vatis | Musa coturnato cui dedit ore loqui. | Hactenus antiquo nimium spoliata nitore: | Nunc tamen ad priscum visa rediisse iubar | Te balbi meminisse decet: qui codice multi | Collato. hec tribuit munera tanta tibi. | Multaque vuolfgango debetur gratia: cuius | Hec nitet artifici lictera pressa manu. | Ite alacres igitur paucis ne parcite nummis: Quando potest minimo maximus auctor emi.
Another copy is U.6.15.
For César de Missy (1703-1775), see V.3.3 (Remarks).
Jean Balesdeus (died 1675) was a French jurist and author.
[Formerly Q.7.11; Q.7.124]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 7 5/8 x 5¼, ff. 288, well written in a fine Roman hand, in single cols. of 21 lines, each 4 7/8 x 3¼, signatures (traces), catchwords almost all cropped, no foliation, floreated pages (beginning each tragedy), gilt illuminated initials (one historiated on the first page), rubrics and rubricated running titles, paragraph marks red and gold, few marginalia and interlinear notes, clean and well preserved, fine vellum, ruled and double margined with red, much cropped, fol. sec. retinere. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson grained Russia (faded to brown), richly gilt-tooled sides, edges and inside margins, a double-crowned stamp in the centre of each board, gilt panelled back, vellum leaves, gilt-edged, paper fly-leaves saffron edges, title (gilt) on black morocco shield: SENECAE | TRAGOEDIAE | MANUSCRIPTAE. Early Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 258.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989.
Bibliography: Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 63; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 257-258.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca 4 B.C.-65 A.D.
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
provenance: Jean Balesdeus d. 1675
Jurist.
provenance: César de Missy 1703-1775
Theologian. Chaplain to George III and scholar of the New Testament.
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