Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 520 (V.8.23)
Date of Creation: Between 1299 and 1399
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Unknown Author, The Pore Catif [Caitiff].
Unknown Author, The Mirrour of Synneris.
Unknown Author, The Thre Arowis that Schulen be Schett at Domys Day.
Unknown Author, The Foure Errouris.
S. Avgvstini, Meditationes. Anglice Versae.
Unknown Author, An Argument Aghens Wanhope.
Primer. (Extracts.)
Unknown Author, Bona Oratio. [Address and Prayer.]
Unknown Author, Alia Bona Oratio. [Hymn.]
Unknown Author, An Argument Aghens Wanhope.
On i, 2 verso in early XVIII. Cent. figures: 184.
On i, 3 recto in an early XVIII. Cent. hand: 0 . 19 . 6 | 1746 | Rt Honble Edward | Earl of Oxford & Mortimer | 1740.
On ii, 2 recto; 1, 1 recto (top margin), and 25, 8 verso in an early XVI. Cent. hand this name occurs: Gnatisiauton [i.e. [Greek characters]] foster.
On ii, 2 recto (in the same hand) and on 25, 9 recto in a XIV.-XV. Cent. hand: Ypocrita vero est omnis doctor qui non prius facit bona, et postea docet hec Crisostomus Omelie . 17a.
Under a scrawled design covered with x's in an obliterated name in a XVI. Cent. hand: Johannes Ruxton (?)...
On ii, 2 verso in another XVI. Cent. hand: Henry Cobham | 1573 [a Calvary cross patée on a two-stepped pedestal] | LL [in a later hand: 1635]. For Sir Henry Cobham (1538-1605), see Dict. Nat. Biog. xi. 154.
On iii, 2 recto is a late XVII. Cent. index by the paginator, beginning: A table of the contents | of this booke. Folio: | Vppon the Crede 1 | Vppon the ten commandements | 33 | and ending: Fiue thinges necessarie to loue christ 352 | Orationes bonæ | Finis; | Mi: Wigmor.
On iii, 4 verso in XVI.-XVII. Cent. hands, partly effaced: Samuele Wadham | James deare (?) | Imprimis | O Lorde of Whome | I doe | Nouerint vniuersi per presentes me Samuelem | | Wadham de Stratford in Comitatu | Wiltis Salutem prescrippimus (?) tibi quod | Capias | Sam: Wadham.
On iii, 5 recto in a XVI. Cent. hand: Master Grymston.
This may have been a relative of Edward Grimston (1528?-1599), M.P. for Ipswich. See Dict. Nat. Biog. xxiii. 255.
Under this name are pencilled four lines in a XVI.-XVII. Cent. hand, which are repeated lower in ink: it is not good to tell that truth | which seemeth lik unto a lie etc.
On iii, 5 verso in apparently the same XVI. Cent. hand as on ii, 2 recto are four quotations from the Vulgate (I. Cor. xvi. 14; Isaiah xxvi. 21; Romans xiv. 23; S. Matt. vi. 21), followed by this motto in French, which is repeated next page: Coment Je Troue causez.
On iii, 6 recto (in the same hand): Diuinum Auxilium maneat semper nobiscum | Vniuersis et singulis ministris domini Regis Anglie ad quos presentes littere peruenerint Collectoribus (?) Custume (?) | et Subiectis (?) dicti domini Regis in portu ville Cippeuici | Salutem Sciatis quod Robertus Canndy (?) Jud (?) pro quatuor | pannis lane (?) Curtis (?) siue grano Carcate In Nave vocata le christofer vnde Thomas marsshe est magister | ad partes exteras.
On iii, 7 recto in a XVI.-XVII. Cent. hand: Anglie Scocie (?) ffrancie et hibernie.
On iii, 7 verso in a late XVI. Cent. hand is a prayer of absolution, beginning: Dominus noster Jesus Christus te absoluat and ending: In nomine patris et filii et spiritus.
On iv, 1 recto in various XVI. and XVII. Cent. hands: O lorde my God haue | mersie vppon mee | mercie | [in pencil as on iii, 5 recto] Margt. Godwyn | [in same hand as above] for why within thy | cortes one day is beter to abide [repeated] (Ps. lxxxiv. 10) Thomas Wilson [thrice].
On iv, 1 verso in a XVII. Cent. hand: Georg Tishbourne (?Tichborne).
[Formerly Q.8.14; Q.8.152].
MS. is first half of 15th century, in 2 hands, second half ff. 337r-40v: Per A.I. Doyle.
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 6 3/4 x 4 5/8, ff. 195, well written in one hand, in single cols. of 22 lines, each 4½ x 3, ruled and margined with ink, signatures (mostly cropped), catchwords, pagination (late XVII. Cent., 1-389), illuminated initials (blue with red ornament and gestures), rubrics, rubricated running titles, red and blue paragraph marks, initials and upright strokes of letters in the first line of each page touched with red, marginalia, cropped, otherwise well preserved, fol. sec. grounde. Late Cent. XIV.
Binding: Millboards, covered spattered calf (replacing original brass-clasped wooden boards), gilt-tooled edges, sides (lines) and panelled back, spattered red edges, title (impress only, shield gone): DEVOTIONS IN | MANUSCRIPT. Late Cent. XVII.
[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. 422.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Archival History: Provenance: Edward Harley, second Earl of Oxford: inscription on i, 3 recto in an early XVIII. Cent. hand: "0 . 19 . 6 / 1746 / Rt Honble Edward / Earl of Oxford & Mortimer / 1740". Thomas Osborne (d. 1767), bookseller: purchased all the Harleian printed books; top corner of flyleaf (i, 3) cut off - as in many other Harleian volumes - probably by Osborne to remove his earlier price; lot 1191 ("A book of devotions in mss. on vellum") in the Harley sale of 17 February 1746. Ebenezer Mussell: lot 184 in the sale of the library of Ebenezer Mussell in London, 30 May 1766, where the manuscript is described as "Tractatus de Relig. Or a treatise on Religion &c very ancient and finely preserved" (NB Young and Aitken, p. 423, records number "184" corresponding to Mussell lot numberon a front flyleaf which has been lost in rebinding); Margaret Connolly (in 'The 'curious and valuable' library of Ebenezer Mussell' Book Collector, Vol 62, no 1, Spring 2013) also ascribes MS Hunter 520 to Mussell (see appendix, no. 3). John Ratcliffe: Ratcliffe is recorded as purchasing lot 184 for £0.11.0 according to the digitized copy of the Mussell sale catalogue (annotated with prices and buyers' names) at the Houghton Library, Harvard University; lot 1096 in Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana (27 March, 1776). Purchased by Hunter for £0.11.0 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), pp 422-424.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Augustine Saint
Bishop of Hippo.
provenance: Sir Henry Cobham 1538-1605
Diplomat.
provenance: Gnatisiauton Foster fl.c.1500
provenance: Grimston fl 1500-1599
provenance: Edward Harley 2nd Earl of Oxford 1689-1741
Collector.
provenance: Thomas Osborne d 1767
Bookseller. His father, also called Thomas and a bookseller, died in 1744.
provenance: John Ruxton fl 1500-1599
provenance: George Tichborne fl 1600-1699
provenance: Samuel Wadham fl.c.1600
signatory: Margaret Godwyn fl.c.1600
signatory: Thomas Wilson fl 1600
subject: Robert Canndy fl 1500-1599
subject: Thomas Marsh fl 1500-1599
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