Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 57 (T.2.15)
Images: [ MS Hunter 57 fol. 4v-5r ]
Date of Creation: Between 898 and 1099
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Sedvlii, Epistvla ad Macedonivm.
Tvrcii Rvfi Asterii, Carmen.
Sedvlii, Carmen Paschale.
Bellęsarii Scholastici, Carmen Acrostichvm.
Sedvlii, Hymnvs Abecedarivs.
On ii, 1 verso in red crayon: LA.
On 1, 1 recto, in a later hand than the body of the book, are 28 lines of Latin verse, elegiacs and riming doggerel beginning: Terque quaterque parit iusto lux una ruinam Sed redit uti (?) ruit . et stat ut ante stetit. | Cogitat et loquitar . ignorat . non memoratur. Afficitur stimulis . subripitur uiciis. | Per que necesse cadens . hec septem deuia uadens. Negligit . opprimitur penna (?) erigitur. ... and ending: Crux . rex . infernus . mors . orbis . uita supernus. | Stat . subit . artatur . flet . ouat . surgit . dominatur (?). In the margin is a pen and ink diagram (?charm) containing and surrounded by gibberish in Greek and Latin characters. Under this, in a contemporary hand, is a hardly decipherable medical (?magical) receipt for "fluxus sanguinis."
On the top of the same page is a mark 22' (like two 2s followed by an apostrophe) which, as Dr. James says, means that it is from the abbey of S. Adalbert, of Egmont in Holland.
On 1, 4 recto, lower margin, a name has been obliterated.
On 1, 4 verso, after Turcius Rufus' Ode, there follow in the same hand these four lines: S [rubricated initial] edulius uersificus primo laicus | in italia philosophiam didicit postea cum aliis metrum | eroicum macedonio consulante in achaia libros suos | scripsit in tempore ualentini et theodosii.
On 5, 10 verso, in a later hand, with a rubricated initial to each, are 20 elegiac lines of a hymn on the Nativity (? by Venantius Fortunatus), beginning: Salue festa dies . toto uenerabilis aeuo. | Qua deus illuxit lux et imago patris;... and ending: Cui sine matre pater . cui patre manet sine mater . | Dixerat ut Gabriel . nascitur emmanuel.
Under these lines follow, in double cols., 18 lines of doggerel Latin verse in still later hand. These have also rubricated initials. The first col. of 8 lines begins: Ecce tuus pro te moriens homo ne moriare | Rex est (?) dico deus uiue (?uite) redempte meus. ... and ends: Imperitat mundo . celis herebique profundo. | Substratus penis . alapis . sputis que uenenis. The second col. of 10 lines begins: Agnus ades christe. cui mundus subditur iste. | Quattuor hi fluuii de fonte sacro paradisi... and ends: Fulgida misteriis cernitur ethereis.
In the bottom margin are three diagrams rudely and imperfectly imitating that on 1, 1 recto, but without visible lettering.
The lacuna of the two missing quires comprises nearly half of the first book, the whole of the second and third books, and the first twelve lines of the fourth book, thus:-
I. 198-368 = 170 lines.
II. 1-300 = 300 lines.
III. 1-339 = 339 lines.
IV. 1- 12 = 12 lines.
821 lines.
The average number of lines contained in a folio is 51. 821÷51 = 16 fols. See Collation.
[Formerly Q.1.18; Q.1.18].
fol. 1 recto... honorificabilitudinitafibus... Cf. Love's Labour Lost. (ex inf. Prof. B. Bischoff, 28/5/59).
This is lot 1232 in the sale of Burmann's MSS, 1779. Ker, Wm. Hunter, p. 17, XIX, 1232
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 11 3/4 x 7 3/4, ff. 26, originally ff. 42, well written (?in a Saxon hand) in Holland (?), in single cols. of 27 lines, each 8 x 4 (4 5/8), ruled and margined with bodkin, no catchwords, signatures, or foliation, illuminated initials, rubrics and rubricated initials (of each line), marginalia, contemporary or later, corners worn off, very coarse vellum untrimmed, fol. sec. arbitrii cultum. Cent. X.-XI.
Binding: Vellum-covered pasteboard, open back. Vellum back straps (gone), the antique grey paper cover into which the quires are stitched is pasted on the two boards which appear to have been taken from a larger work, title, vertical (ink) in early XVIII. Cent. hand: SEDULIUS MS. Antiq. Cent. XVII. (?)
[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. 62.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Poem
Notes: This manuscript 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); 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 62-63.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Turcius Rufus Asterius
author: Bellaesarius Scholasticus
author: Sedulius fl 400-499
author: Venantius Fortunatus
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. …
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