Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 258 (U.4.16)
Title: De Preparatione Animi ad Contemplationem
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Richardi A Sancto Victore, De Preparatione Animi ad Contemplationem. [Benjamin Minor.] Anglice. (The Studie of Wisdom.)
Unknown Author's abbreviated English version of Richard of S. Victor's Treatise Of the Preparation of the Mind for Contemplation - Benjamin the Less or Study of Wisdom, cc. vii-lxxxiv:
Begins (1, 1 recto [p. '167'] lines 1-4): A [blue and red illuminated initial with red gestures] gret and a worshipful clerke whom men | callen Richarde of seint victory . in a | boke that he makith of the studie of wis= | dom witnessith and saith . that too mightes are = Migne, 196. 6.
Ends (2, 7 verso [p. '190'] lines 17-19): adolescentulus in mentis excesso . that is . there beniamyn | the yonge childe in rauisshinge of mynde. | paragraph mark [blue] Hic expicit libellus Studium sapiencie vocitatus. = Migne, 196. 60.
Remarks: On i, 1 verso: Tho: Martin. (under this autograph): 99.
On i, 2 recto in an early XVIII. Cent. Hand: Studium Sapiencie by Richard of St. Victor; in the left hand top corner: c; in pencil in the right hand top corner: 10-6.
On 1, 1 recto top margin (by the scribe): ihesu mercy.
On 2, 7 verso in a XVI. Cent. hand: Here ye may lerne wisdom ful good | In which places ye shall lete blode | Both in man woman and childe | For euelles [th]at ar bothe wikked and wilde | Veynes [th]er been xxx and two | That for sundre euelles most be vndo | Sixteen [th]er been in the hede ful right | And sixten byneth I you [th]ere plight | And in what place [th]ey shalbe founde | I shall you tell in lityle stounde.
For Thomas Martin of Palgrave (1697-1771), see S.1.3.
[Formerly R.4.12; R.4.46].
English verses in late 15th century hand: per A.I. Doyle, Durham University Library, June 1954.
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. 88-91).
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 10 x 7, ff. 12, originally ff. 16, well written in a bold English hand, in single cols. of about 31 lines, each 7 3/8 x 4 3/4, ruled and margined with brown crayon, signatures (k iiij-l iiij), catchwords, and (late XVII. Cent.) pagination (pp. 167-190, illuminated initials, red and blue, with red gestures, rubrics (marginal), red and blue paragraph marks, proper names and emphatic words with the renderings of the rubrics all underlined with rd, no marginalia (except rubrics), margins of pp. 188, 189 filled with pencilled scribbling, otherwise well preserved, fol. sec. and bringith furthe. Late Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered brown spattered calf, blind and gilt (lines) tooled, an oblong crimson morocco panel inlaid in the centre of the front board with title (gilt): MS. ST. VICTO | STVDY . OF | WISDOME, title (ink) on a modern buff paper slip: STVDM SAPIENTIAE. 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. 210.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Treatise
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 209-210.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Richard of St Victor
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