Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 331 (U.7.25)
Title: Historia Britonvm
Date of Creation: Between 1199 and 1299
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Galfridi Monvmetensis, Historia Britonvm.
Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of Britain:
Begins (1, 1 [f. '1'] recto line 1): C [blue initial with red gestures] Um mecum multa et de multis sepius animo Prologus: [last word rubric]
Ends (8, 11 [f. '82'] verso line 28): adiuit peanda regem et quisiuit ab eo cur oswi solus aberat = Giles' Ed. p. 222, line 4.
Remarks: On i, 1 recto in a XVI. Cent. hand: Perdite pierides. This is repeated on iii, 7 verso: Perdite pierides librorum (?) nunc (?) spoliantes (?)
On i, 2 recto in a XV. Cent. hand: De reditu arthuri ad suos | De Responsu heoli | De Responsu Anguselij | regis albanie. | De congregacione regis arthuri | De Edicto lucij hiberij. | De itinere arthuri contra romanos.
On i, 3 verso in an early XVIII. Cent. hand: Ro Thoresby antiquissimum hoc Manuscriptum D.D.C. Josephus Hill.
Probably these are the names of Joseph Hill (1625-1707), editor of Schrevelius' Lexicon, and of Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725), the antiquarian. See Dict. Nat. Biog. xxvi. 402 and lvi. 282.
On the same page in a XVI. Cent. hand: In primis de situ et de regibus brytanie. Underneath this is a name (carefully erased) in a XV.-XVI. Cent. hand.
On 1, 5 [f. '5'] recto a vellum patch has come off, causing the loss of several words on both sides of the folio.
iii, 1 recto-2 recto contain the continuation of the text in a late XV. Cent. French hand = Giles' Ed. p. 222, line 4-p. 224, line 10, and ending abruptly (line 24): fuerat eam memoratus rex cadwallo.
The lost quire = Giles' Ed. p. 112, last line but one: Vortegirnus, quo... miranda audire. p. 140, line 21, or vi. 15-viii. 10.
On iii, 8. (inverted) is: T. Astle. i.e. Thomas Astle (1735-1803), the antiquary and palĉographer, author of the Origin and Progress of Writing, and original founder of the "Stowe" Collection, now in the British Museum. See U.2.6 (Remarks).
Dr. Young refers to a "leaf of paper (inserted) on which parts of the prologue are transcribed in Dr. Wm. Hunter's hand; and a note added 'Galfridi Monemutensis Historia Britannica ex vetustissimo autore in latinum sermonem versio'", now shelved at MS Hunter H245.
Other copies are press-marked U.3.1 and U.7.26.
[Formerly Q.8.22; Q.8.160]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 7 3/4 x 4 3/4, ff. 83, originally ff. 98 (or 100), well written in single cols. of 28 lines, each 5½ x 3 3/8, signatures and catchwords on the last versos of quires, foliation, modern, in pencil (1-82), blue and red initials (alternately) (the first with gestures, all the others without, but with prolongations), rubrics, initials touched with vermilion, place-finding tabs, margined and ruled with brown crayon, numerous marginalia, fairly well preserved, fol. sec. eneas cum. Cent. XIII.
Binding: Original (?), oak boards (last covered fair sheep-skin), now recently re-covered with pig-skin. Cent. XIII?
[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. 267.]
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. 267.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Geoffrey of Monmouth 1100?-1154
Bishop of St Asaph.
provenance: Thomas Astle 1735-1803
provenance: Joseph Hill 1625-1707
Presbyterian minister.
provenance: Ralph Thoresby 1658-1725
Yorkshire antiquarian.
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