Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 295 (U.6.13)
Title: Sesqvicentvmviratvs
Date of Creation: Between 1499 and 1599
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Johannis White, Sesqvicentvmviratvs.
John White's "Hundred and Fifty Witnesses to the Real Presence":
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-12):- within a double ruled margin, as a title page - IOANNIS WHITI . ANGLI. | SESQVICENTUMVIRATVS | In quo | CENTVM QVINQVAGINTA | virorum testimonijs adseritur | veritas Corporis et san= | guinis Christi | in Eucharis | tia. | Matthæi . 18 | In ore duorum aut trium | stet omne verbum.
Ends (25, 4 verso col. b, line 7): Wernerus.
Remarks: Between the boards and the first and last fly-leaves two scraps of a medical treatise on vellum (XV. Cent.), each about 8 x 3, are sewn in.
On 1, 2 recto and verso is a dedicatory poem by the author to Princess Mary Tudor (in another hand than the rest of the MS.).
The work proper begins on 2, 1 recto (lines 1-4): Johannis Whiti Angli Sesquihecatomartyrion [this word is struck out] | Sesquicentumviratus. | Matthæi. 26. | Christus, discipulis bissex coenantibus unâ, and ends (24, 3 recto line 10): Patribus hanc animam Christo cui debeo tradam. The remaining pages are occupied with a summary, "ANACEPHALEOSIS," (24, 3 recto-25, 2 verso), which ends: Edwardus 6us. Sera sit Edwardo sed certa incensio sexto, and an index (25, 2 verso-25, 4 verso).
This work would appear to be the original of his Diacosio-Martyrion (see Strype, Memorials, II. i. 423), printed and published in London in the end of 1553, bearing the dedication to "Princess" Mary, though she was then Queen.
For J. White (1510-1560), Bishop of Winchester, see Dict. Nat. Biog. lxi. 52.
[Formerly R.7.10; R.7.92].
Satin covering lost, and crude repairs (leather spine and corner pieces) carried out some time before 1950 - probably before 1930.
The Diacosio-Martyrion includes 75 new poems, about a dozen poems present in the MS. are deleted, and there were revisions of poems carried over. See correspondence with the Rev. L.W. Barnard of Winchester, March-April 1966
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 8 3/8 x 6¼, ff. 98, beautifully written in an Italic hand in single cols. of 18-27 lines, each about 6½ x 4¼, catchwords every page, no signatures or pagination, marginalia confined to floruits by the writer, and (in the "anacephaleosis") the names of authorities cited, running titles. Cent. XVI.
Binding: Original, pasteboards, covered purple satin, formerly fastened with silk tags, binding now loose. 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. 237.]
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), p. 237.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: John White 1510-1560
Bishop of Winchester.
dedicatee: Mary I Queen of England 1516-1558
Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII.
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