Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 136 (T.6.18)
Title: Imitatio Christi
Images: [ MS Hunter 136 fol. 1v-2r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1501 and 1502
Place of Creation: England
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Extent and Medium: 1 volume
Content: Thomae A Kempis, (Thomas Haemmerlein von Kempen), Imitatio Christi. Anglice. (Mvsica Ecclesiastica.)
First (Unknown Author's) English Translation of the Imitatio Christi:
Begins - after an index beginning (1, 1 recto lines 1-3): "Here begynneth the tretise callid Musica ecclesiastica [rubric] | O [small ornamental initial] ff folowing of crist and | dispyng of all worldly vanites capitulum primum" [last two words rubricated] and ending (1, 1 verso line 3): "of the iuggement and of the peynes of synners, xxiiij [number rubricated] - (1, 1 [f. 1] verso lines 4-7): Of folowyng of cryst and dispysing of | all worldly vanites. Capitulum primum [rubric] | O [small gilt illuminated initial with marginal adornment] ure lord sayth, he that folowth me
Ends (15, 6 [f. 118] verso lines 4-7): directe hym by the wey of pes to the cuntrey of | euerlastyng clennes. Amen [therefore] | Here endith the boke of ynward consolacion | Deo gracias. [rubric].
Remarks: On i, 1 verso in late XVII. Cent. hand: Donum Amicissimi | Thome Clarke de | de Saxmungham | Generosi. [Under this in pencil, the price:] 2. 2 - [opposite these figures:] Tho. Martin.
At the foot of this page in XVI. Cent. hand: "O vos omnes Sorores et ffratres presentes et | futuri orate queso pro venerabili matre nostra | Elizabeth Gibbis huius almi Monasterij Abbessa | cuius cura hic liber conscriptus est Anno dominice | Incarnacionis Millesimo quingentesimo secundo.
This scribal note is repeated in a more clerkly hand (with gamboged capitals) at the top of the next page, thus: O vos omnes Sorores et ffratres presentes | et futuri orate queso pro venerabili matre | nostra Elizabeth Gibbis huius almi Mo= | nasterij Abbessa . necnon pro deuoto ac religi= | oso viro Dompno Willielmo Darker in artibus | Magistro de domo Bethleem prope Shene | ordinis Cartuciensis . qui pro eadem domina Abbessa | hunc librum conscripsit . Anno dominice incarna= | cionis Millesimo quingentesimo secundo:-
At the foot of this page, carefully erased, the same autograph (late XVI. Cent. hand) as appears on 1, 1 recto: "Willielmus Vownynge."
On i, 4 verso in Dr. Wm. Hunter's hand: First Part: Musica evangelica | IIde Part: Admonicions drawing ynwards | III. Part: ynward consolacion | written by Wm. Parker A.M. | Anno 1502. [Hunter has written Parker for Darker?]
On the verso of f. 68 in a XVI. Cent. hand: Robart Smythe.
On ii, 2 recto in a XVI. Cent. hand: by my freind Robart Smythe?...
The mutilated folios 90-93 have been carefully mended.
For Thomas Martin of Palgrave (1697-1771), see S.1.3.
[Formerly Q.9.14; Q.9.177].
Commentary: Doyle (2011) describes the script as 'fere-textura' (ie predominantly littera textualis with some anomalous forms.)
Physical Description: Vellum, 8╝ x 5 3/8, ff. 120, beautifully written in single cols. of 23 lines, each 5╝ x 3 1/8, ruled and margined with ink, signatures, catchwords, foliation (XVIII. Cent. and recent), one floreated page (1, 1 verso), illuminated and ornamental initials (red and blue), rubrics and rubricated paragraph marks, running titles, marginalia (rare), well preserved except for stains and holes gnawed by rats (ff. 80-93), fol. sec. the trinite. Early Cent. XVI. (1502).
Binding: Original, bevelled oak boards, covered (faded) crimson, sheepskin, vellum straps pegged, originally bossed and clasped (three clasps), recently re-backed. Early Cent. XVI.
[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. 124.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: A I Doyle, 'William Darker: the work of an English Carthusian Scribe', Medieval manuscripts, their makers and users, Viator (University of California: 2011) pp 200, 202; Brendan Biggs, 'The language of the scribes of the first English translation of the Imitatio Christi', Leeds studies in English, new series, 26 (1995), pp 79-111 (especially pp. 81, 94); Brendan Biggs, 'The style of the first English translation of the Imitatio Christi', The medieval translator: traduire au moyen age, ed. Roger Ellis and RenÚ Tixier, v. 5 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1996), pp 187-211 (especially p. 188); John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 124.
Accession Number: 2482
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Location of Copies: Negative microfilm in stock.
Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Thomas Ó Kempis 1379-1471
provenance: Thomas Clarke fl.c.1675
Of Saxmundham.
provenance: Elizabeth Gibb fl 1500
Abbess of the Brigittine monastery of Syon in Middlesex.
provenance: Thomas Martin 1697-1771
Of Palgrave. Antiquary.
provenance: Syon Monastery 1415-1539
Monastery of the Brigittine order. Founded in 1415 at Isleworth (Middlesex). Dissolved in 1539 under Henry VIII. Part of the monastery church appears to have been …
provenance: William Vownynge fl.c.1500
scribe: William Darker d 1512/13
Scribe. Produced work for the Brigittine monastery of Syon, Middlesex and possibly others. Reported as dying at Sheen, Surrey.
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