Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 399 (V.2.19)
Images: [ MS Hunter 399 fol. 1r ] [ MS Hunter 399 fol. 120v ]
Date of Creation: Between 1499 and 1599
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Unknown Author [Sir Thomas More], A Dialogue (Between Anthony and Vincent) of Comforte agaynst Trybulation.
Incerti Avctoris (Eivsdem), De Perivrio.
Two strips, 11 5/8 x 3, of vellum from an illuminated Sarum Breviary (XIV. Cent.) in double cols., are inserted under the attached fly-leaves, the second slip contains St. Ambrose's Hymn "Veni Redemptor gentium", for Christmas Eve (not in the Roman Breviary). See Proctor & Wordsworth's Edition of the Sarum Breviary, Cambridge, 1882, Fasc. i. p. clxvi; Dictionary of Hymnology, J. Julian, London, 1892, p. 1211; Thesaurus Hymnologicus, H.A. Daniel, Lipsiae, 1844, i. 12, iv. 4. 353.
The foliator has noted, in the same red pencil, a number of passages, giving the number of the folio in each case, on i, 1 verso, and making marginal marks at the places.
[Formerly Q.10.1; Q.10.192].
Repaired January 1953 by D. Cockerell & Son. Re-backed in Hermitage calf, old lettering label replaced, name of author (Sir T. More) added. MS vellum joints removed and presented in separate folder.
Sotheby's 10 July 1986, lot 9: another contemporary MS of the Dialogue
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/8, ff. 342, well written in single cols. of 19-24 lines, each about 7 3/4 x 4, numerical signatures, cropped (see below), no catchwords visible, probably cropped, foliation, in red pencil (1-160), contemporary, continued to f. 200 in lead pencil (modern), f. 94 omitted (supplied in pencil), following numbers corrected to f. 112, the scribe numbered each sheet consecutively in the bottom corner low down, and these signatures are consequently all but entirely cropped, margined in red ink, ruled with brown crayon (the lines afterwards rubbed out), running titles, initials elaborately ornamented with pen and ink (crow quill work) grotesques, etc., no marginalia, cropped, clean, well preserved, a brassy pounce having been used by the scribe has caused discolouration of the first dozen quires or so (the use of this or similar substances is the probable cause of the corrosion of certain MSS.), fol. sec. Anthony. Cent. XVI.
Binding: Original, millboards, covered black calf, blind-tooled, in lozenge-shaped panels (surrounded by rectangular borders) enclosing (front board) Royal (Tudor) Arms crowned and (back board) Tudor Rose crowned, recently re-backed, originally fastened with silk ribbon ties. 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. 319.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
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: The complete works of Sr. Thomas More, vol. 12, A dialogue of comfort against tribulation, ed. L.L. Martz & Frank Manley (Yale 1976) - no knowledge of this MS; Ralph Hanna, Two new texts of More's 'Dialogue of comfort', Moreana 19, no. 74 (1982), pp 5-11 - i.e. MS Hunter 399 and B.L. Harley 1634; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987, no. 45; 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 318-400.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Sir Thomas More 1478-1535
Lord Chancellor and humanist. Executed at the Tower of London on 6 July 1535.
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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