Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 446 (V.5.16)
Title: Expositio Svper Epistvlas Catholicas
Images: [ MS Hunter 446 fol.30v-31r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1099 and 1199
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Venerabilis Bedae, Expositio Svper Epistvlas Catholicas.
Bede's Commentary on the Catholic Epistles:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-3): INCIPIT PROLOGVS VENERABILIS BEDE PRESBITERI . | SVPER . VII . CANONICAS EPISTOLAS . [rubric] | I [blue and green initial with gestures] ACOBVS . PETRVS . IOHANNES . iudas septem epistolas edi- = Migne, 93. 9.
Ends (15, 4 recto lines 20-22): secula seculorum. Amen. | EXPLICIT EXPOSITIO BEDE PRESBITERI . IN EPISTOLA | IVDE APOSTOLI. = Migne, 93. 130.
Remarks: On 1, 1 recto in a XVII. Cent. hand: Henricj Spelman Lib.
On 15, 4 verso in an early XV. Cent. hand are 16 lines of quotation, beginning: De uita sancti Thome martiris hec lex capitula sumpta sunt | Animadvertit uir sanctus hoc esse studium regis | ut ecclesie libertas in ius regni redigeretur. Et ut palam and ending: Quod laici. seu rex. seu alii tractent causas de decimis | uel ecclesiis.
These lines are diagonally crossed out, and in the same coloured ink is written in a nearly contemporary hand: Thomas peckam filius praxatoris anten eutus (?)
[Formerly Q.5.22; Q.5.85]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 10 x 7, ff. 117, well written in single cols. of 30 lines, each 7 x 4, margined and ruled with bodkin, no catchwords, no signatures, foliation (XIII.-XIV. Cent.) in brown crayon, capitulation in ink (early XV. Cent.), ornamental coloured initials, rubrics, running titles, rubricated quotations, sub-titles green and blue, marginalia much cropped, otherwise well preserved, fol. sec. Incipit. Late Cent. XII.
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson morocco, gilt-tooled inside margins, edges, sides (elaborate floral border with bees and birds) and panelled back, gilt edges, title (gilt) on green morocco shield: VELLUM | MANU= | SCRIPT. Cent. XVII.-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. 370.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Commentary
Archival History: Provenance: Sir Henry Spelman (1564?-1641): manuscript autograph "Henrici Spelman Lib." In upper margin of leaf [1r] above incipit, suggested by Young and Aitken to be that of the historian and antiquary. Ebenezer Mussell: possibly to be identified with Lot 270 in the sale of the library of Ebenezer Mussell in London, 30 May 1766, where the manuscript is described as "Venerab. Bedae Expositio Epistolar. Canonices, or Bede's Exposition of the seven Canonical Epistles"; Margaret Connolly (in 'The 'curious and valuable' library of Ebenezer Mussell' Book Collector, Vol 62, no 1, Spring 2013) ascribes MS Hunter 446 to Mussell (see appendix, no. 6), suggesting that it was sold bound with another Bede manuscript (now MS Hunter 438). John Ratcliffe: Ratcliffe is recorded as purchasing lot 270 for £2.2.0 according to the digitized copy of the Mussell sale catalogue (annotated with prices and buyers' names) at the Houghton Library, Harvard University; possibly to be identified with lot 1592 in Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana (27 March, 1776) where the item is described, among quartos, as ""Bede expositio in epistolas apostoli, a MS on vellum, 2 v m[orocco] g[ilt] l[eaves]"; N. R. Ker (in 'William Hunter as a collector of medieval manuscripts' ([Glasgow]: University of Glasgow Press, [1983]), p. 16) supports the suggestions that MSS Hunter 438 and 446 were sold as one unit at the Mussell sale and suggests that the manuscripts were bound separately by Ratcliffe, commenting that "The two volumes are the same size and look as if they came from the same twelfth-century English scriptorium. The best evidence that that they once formed thick volume comes from the late medieval chapter headings which appear to be in the same hand throughout. They are in arabic figures in the top right hand corner of each recto and also opposite the point on a page where a new chapter begins. MS 446 ... must have stood first, since it bears Spelman's name on the first leaf and only it is mentioned in two catalogues of Spelman's manuscripts ...". Lot 1592 (i.e. both MS Hunter 428 and 446) purchased by Hunter for £6.16.6 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated BL copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue - shelfmark 822.d.6.
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. 370.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Bede The Venerable, Saint 673-735
provenance: Thomas Peckam fl 1400-1499
provenance: Sir Henry Spelman 1564?-1641
Historian.
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