Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 90 (T.4.7)
Title: Divinarvm Institvtionvm Libri VII
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Lvcii Caecilii Firmiani Lactantii, Divinarvm Institvtionvm Libri VII.
Lactantius' Institutes:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-14): F [blue] IRMIANI . L [blue] ACTANTII . DE | VERA . ET . FALSA . RELIGIONE . LI | BER . PRIMVS . INCIPIT . FELICITER . [rubric] | ... TI . IN | ... IO . VI | ... M | ... CTRI | ... ENI | ... E | ... ENT | ... PO | ... atis et | ... atis studi- | um contulerunt . Existimantes multo essi pre
Ends (27, 4 [f. 263 (264)] recto lines 13, 14): et premium uirtutis quod ipse promisit a domi- | no consequamur. Amen. LAVS DEO amen. | [These last three words in a somewhat later hand, which has added an index of chapters extending to 27, 6 [f. 265 (266)] verso line 42: vii [rubric] paragraph mark [blue] Quod in uia erroris est species sapientie et uirtutis et quod uia ueritatis et sapientie est simplex et ardua et deum habet ducem.]
Remarks: On i, 3 recto top, there is a pencilled note by Dibden (?): "Wants the first leaf and the initial letters cutt out." Under this a name, probably, has been excised, then the price: 1 = 11 = 6.
The first folio is mutilated by having a hole cut, about 4 inches square, to remove the illuminated initial. The page is exquisitely floreated and has a shield at the bottom, dexter half gules, sinister vert, from which the charge has been carefully obliterated. Under this is an autograph: Roberti Koenigsmanni. | 1629 | Pridie Idus Februarias | Genevć. [This former owner of the book was probably Robertus Königsmann (1606-63), Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric at Strassburg].
On the top margin in a late XVII. Cent. hand: No. 31.
Each of the seven books had an illuminated initial which in every instance has been ruthlessly cut out. In the case of the second book the entire folio has been excised.
On ii, 1 recto is a pencil note of the folios so mutilated, which are as follows: 1, 1; 4, 9; 8, 2; 12, 1; 15, 10; 19, 5; 23, 8.
Portion of a Gothic character MS (with green capitals) has cast off on the verso of the last folio, where the list of chapters ends with chap. vii. of Book VI., an extra sheet, probably, containing the remainder, viz.: Bk. VI. cc.viii.-xxv.; Bk. VII. cc.i.-xxvii. has gone.
The foliation (nearly all cropped) preceded the mutilation.
[Formerly S.5.2; S.5.60]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 10 7/8 x 8 1/8, ff. 265, originally ff. 266, exquisitely written in Roman character in single cols. of 31 lines, each 6˝ x 4, ruled and margined with plummet, no signatures, catchwords, foliation (contemporary), large illuminated initials (all cut out), first page floreated, numerous marginalia (Greek and Latin), fol. sec. dirigantur. Late Cent. XV.
Binding: Pasteboard, covered vellum, vellum back straps, title (gilt): LACTANTIUS | Ms. | PULCHERRIM: Late 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. 97.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: 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. 97-98.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Lucius Caelius Firmianus Lactantius c 240-c 320
Christian apologist and author. He taught rhetoric at Diocletian's school in Nicomedia and during the persecutions was converted to Christianity. His works, which …
provenance: Robert Königsmann 1606-1663
Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric, University of Strassburg.
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