Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 444 (V.5.14)
Images: [ MS Hunter 444 fol. 50v-51r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1199 and 1399
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Johannis de Saxonia (?), Kalendarivm Novvm Correctvm.
Johannis de Garlandia, Tabvla Principalis.
Johannis de Garlandia, Contratabvla.
Petri de Dacia, Tabvla de Loco Lvnae.
Johannis de Saxonia, Compotvs Novvs.
Incerti Avctoris, De Diebvs Criticis, etc.
Gvlielmi de Conchis, Dialogvs de Mvndo.
On ii, 4 verso all but the first word in Dr. Wm. Hunter's hand: compotus novus, editus a Johanne de Saxonia. | Tractatus primus Dialogi Magistri Gulli de | Chonchis, qui est de constitutione mundi.
On p. 17 is the 'set off' of a floreated page, but not of p. 51. A similar remark applies to p. 50. There is also a set off on 5, 12 verso.
On 5, 12 verso is in an early XVIII. Cent. hand: Josephus Letherland.
For William of Conches in Normandy (born 1080), who was a grammarian and philosopher, see V.2.14.
There is a copy (XIV. Cent.) in the British Museum of No. 4 of this MS. Add. MS. 35,317, 1.
In the Kalendar under August 25 in a XIV. Cent. hand: Sancti ludovici.
In No. 5 the author enumerates many authorities including Dionysius [Exiguus], Beda, Garlandus, Johannes de Sacro Bosco, Baldwinus, Ferrandus, Johannes de Meldis etc.
The astronomical and astrological diagrams are interesting.
[Formerly R.5.5; R.5.55].
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 (first quire), 9 7/8 x 7 (quires 2-5), ff. 48, originally more (see Remarks above), in French hands, in double cols. (except the Kalendar and Tables) of 39 lines, each 7 x 2, ruled and margined, signatures (in quire 4, rubricated), catchwords, pagination (XVIII. Cent., faulty, pp. 1-97, 10 and 21 omitted), two partially floreated pages (1, 1 recto; 4, 1 recto), gilt illuminated initials, red initials with violet ornament and gestures, blue initials with red ornament and gestures, rubrics, red and blue (alternately) paragraph marks, numerous tables, diagrams, etc., in red and black, marginalia (contemporary), initials of sentences touched with vermilion, much cropped, stained in places, the first leaf has the top margin nearly all cut off, text intact, fol. sec. ciclus ciclorum. Cent. XIII.-XIV.
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson morocco, gilt-tooled inside margins, edges and sides, recently re-backed, title (gilt), modern, on crimson morocco shield: CONSTITUTIO | MUNDI. 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. 367.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Archival History: Provenance: Possibly sold as Lot 3539 in the sale of Joseph Letherland's library, 1765. Not noted as having been purchased by William Hunter in the annotated British Library copy of the Letherland sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 6 (2), but noted by N. R. Ker (in "William Hunter as a Collector of Medieval Manuscripts" Glasgow: 1983) as an acquisition by Hunter at the Letherland sale.
Conservation: Repaired May 1954 by Douglas Cockerell & Son. Resewn and rebacked in red native niger morocco: lettered in gold on dark green labels: "Kalendaria. De constitutione mundi/MSS."
Bibliography: Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 20; 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 367-368.
Exhibitions: 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.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: John Garland fl.1230
Alchemist and grammarian.
author: John of Saxony
author: Peter of Dacia fl 1280
Possibly the astronomer and mathematician who died in 1303. There are a number of 13th century individuals identified as 'Peter of Dacia'.
author: William of Conches b.1080
Guillaume de Conches.
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. …
provenance: Joseph Letherland 1699-1764
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