Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 205 (U.1.9)
Title: Opera
Images: [ MS Hunter 205 fol. 1r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1199 and 1299
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Lucii Annaei Senecae, Opera.
Seneca's Works:
Begins (1, 1 recto col. a, lines 1-3): Incipit liber primus Senece de causis |Seneca . novato senece mele filijs salutem [rubric] | E [historiated initial, showing teacher bearded, with a biretta(?), in a long red-sleeved garment and blue mantle, seated and addressing a crowd of young scholars in monkish barb at his feet] xigitis rem magis io
Ends (25, 8 [f. 191 (198)] verso col. a, lines 45, 46): sumus fostius loquamur . si minus | apertius . vale. (Haase, p. 245 end).
Remarks: On iii, 1 recto, in a XVI. Cent. hand, are 13 lines of doggerel rhyming Latin verse. beginning: Oppositum montem contendere cernis orontem. Under this is an autograph in XV. Cent. hand: Thomas feye prior. This name seems to recur on iv, 1 verso and to have been smeared out. iii, 2 recto has the following table of contents in late XIV. or early XV. Cent. hand, crossed through and having the last two lines obliterated. The same hand has written the index, 16, 1 recto [fol. iv r]: In hoc Volumine continentur libri senece qui sequntur primo liber senece de paupertate et eciam eiusdem de moribus [primo... moribus, in a later hand the same as on the next three pages] | Seneca De causis. libri . x . | Seneca De Remedijs fortuitorum liber vnus. | Seneca De prouidentia . libri duo. | Seneca De ira . libri . duo. | Seneca de tranquillitate animi . liber vnus. | Seneca De beneficijs et liberalitate libri vij. | Sentencie sen prouerbia senece. | Epistole . xij Senece ad paulum et pauli ad senecam. | Seneca De Clemencia . libri duo. | Seneca De quatuor virtutibus . liber vnus.
This list tallies as far as 11, 3 verso (= fol. 83). Then ff. 84-122 (11, 4 recto-15, 8 verso) repeat ff. 52 verso-68 verso (7, 4 verso-9, 4 verso) in a looser hand.
iii, 2 verso-iv, 1 verso [fol. iv v-v v] contain in a small contracted XV. Cent. hand: Seneca's De paupertate (Haase, pp. 458-461), Epitaph (Haase, p. 480), and De moribus (pp. 462-467). The margins of the first page of text are elaborately ornamented with grotesque lions, greyhound, etc.
16, 1 recto [fol. 123 r] contains a list of the following Epistles (omitting the last) in the same hand as on iii. and iv.
The same small XV. Cent. hand has added in the lower margin variant titles of Epp. 7, 4 verso col. a, line 1 = 11, 4 recto col. a, line 1 [De Beneficiis]. 9, 4 verso col. a, end = 15, 10 verso col. b, end.
Rebacked February 1961 by D. Cockerell and Son in brown morocco, corners repaired. Double gilt fillet of original continued in blind. Gilt title on black label as before. Original label mounted inside upper cover. Marbled end-papers retained. Job no. D.C. 4129.
fol 1r De causis
fol 24r De remediis fortuitorum
fol 26r De providentia
fol 34v De ira
fol 46r De tranquillitate animi
fol 52v De beneficiis
fol 68v Proverbia
fol 72v Ad Paulum
fol 73v De clementia
fol 81r De quatuor virtutibus
fol 84r De beneficiis
fol 123r [an index]
fol 124r Ad Lucilium
The letters to Lucilius are in a different order from that given by L. Reynolds in his edition; some letters in the edition are not present; viz nos. 49-51, 55-57, 67, 89, 100, 111, 112; the lacuna between fols 131 and 132 corresponds to letters 17.4 to 13.1 in the edition; letter 59 in the MS is an abridged form of De Clementia II, and letter 84 in the MS is from Nat. Quaert., VI, 32. 3-12.
See list titled 'Ad Lucilium: concordance between MS Hunter 205 and Reynolds edition.'
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 14 x 10, ff. 191 (strictly ff. 190), originally ff. 198+, well written in French (?) hand with jet black ink in double cols. of 46 lines (47 in first quire), each 10 1/8 x 3 (10 3/8 x 3 in first quire), double margined and ruled with brown crayon, signatures (pencil), antique and ink (later) on last versos, catchwords, pagination (modern), first page floreated, first initial historiated, illuminated initials, large and small with gestures, rubrics, rubricated running titles, paragraph marks blue and red alternately, initials of sentences touched with red, running titles, instructions to rubricator in lower margin, slightly wormholed at the beginning, vellum shows holes, originally patched, marginalia, fol. sec. natos omnes. Cent. XIII.
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson (faded to brown) grained Russia, gilt-tooled (lines) and edges richly ornamented, panelled back, Dr. Hunter's crest (a Hunter's Horn) on the lowest panel, title gilt on black morocco shield: SENECAE | OPERA. | M.S. 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. 147.]
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. 21; 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 147-148.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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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. …
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