Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 217 (U.2.8)
Title: Historia Ecclesiastica Tripartita
Images: [ MS Hunter 217 fol. 2r ] [ MS Hunter 217 fol. 54v ]
Date of Creation: Between 998 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Magni Avrelii Cassiodori, Historia Ecclesiastica Tripartita.
Cassiodorus' Tripartite Ecclesiastical History:
Begins (1, 1 verso lines 1-3): INCIPIT PREFATIO CASSIODORI SENA | TORIS IN HYSTORIAM TRIPARTITAM :·: [rubric] | U [red, twisted pattern initial] TILITER nimis in capite libri prefatio ponitur ubi futu
Ends (21, 12 (8) verso line 37): dispensatione diuinitatem . Qua propter ueteres interpretes hoc ipsum desig [= 21, 8 verso line 19 = Migne, 69, 1206.]
Remarks: On 1, 1 recto in a XV. Cent. hand, ff. 3. | Hystoria tripertita | [an earlier hand?] De Inuentione crucis lib. ij.
On 1, 2 recto lines 4-6 have been erased to admit of the XV. Cent. inscription: liber monasterij Sancti Pauli in Traiecto Inferiori. The same hand has added a press-mark on the top margin, F 3 copied from 1, 1 recto.
Between the first and second folios of this quire come two half sheets fastened together, beginning with the inscription of 1, 1 verso and containing the text of the first two original folios. The same XV. Cent. hand has supplied on two sheets of similar vellum, inserted between what were originally the 7th and 8th folios of the 21st quire, the text of the latter and also the missing conclusion which occupied some five or six folios. As 21, 12. shows traces of having been long attached to bossed wooden boards, the text must have become incomplete early. 21, 11 recto ends (line 36): augusti et maxentij maximam herculei filij per constantinum magnum deiectione Et de constantini magni | patre constancio.
The initials [I's] at the beginning of Bk. IX. and Bk. XII. contain respectively miniatures, in red and black, of the Emperors Gratian, Theodosius I., and Valentinian the Younger in the former, and, in the latter, in a circle at the top of a Celtic knot, Theodosius the Younger.
[Formerly P.1.8; T.1.8].
Lot 1224 in the sale of Burmann's MSS, 1779 (Ker, p. 17).
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 13½ x 9¼, ff. 174, originally ff. 168 (six folios are adventitious), written in single cols. of 37 lines, each 10 5/8 x 6 5/8, ruled with bodkin, margined with brown crayon, signatures (in Roman numerals on last versos), no catchwords or foliation, historiated and red initials (each book beginning with a twisted tracery initial), rubrics, red capitals, marginalia (erased), cut and torn leaves sewn with silk, fol. sec. Quomodo contra. Late Cents. XI. and XV.
Binding: Stout oak boards, ½ inch thick, replacing original boards, covered rough calf, title (ink): CASSIODOR . | HIST . TRIPAR. 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. 161.]
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: Walter Jacob, Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der sogenannten Historia Tripartita des Epiphanius-Cassiodor (Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur, 59, V. Reihe, Band 4, Berlin. 1954), no. 93, p. 40 & pp. 135-140; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 5; 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 161-162.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Flavius Magnus Aurelius Senator Cassiodorus 487-ca.580
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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