Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
EL 9 H 9
AEGIDIUS ROMANUS; NICHOLAS TREVET1. ff. 1-97v: [Aegidius Romanus, De regimine principum] //opera faciamus. Quarto etiam ipsi mores opera diversificare videntur…pacem illam habebunt eternam, in qua est summa requies quam deus ipse promisit suis fidelibus qui est benedictus in secula seculorum. Amen.
England, s. XIV2
Begins defectively in Book 1, chapter 2. Several early editions; see Glorieux 400q, Zumkeller, n. 54, and G. Bruni, Le Opere di Egidio Romano (Florence 1936), especially 83-90 for a list of manuscripts, EL 9 H 9 not included. 2. ff. 97v-103v: Avarus, nota narracionem ibi de uno avaro, libro primo capitulo 7 parte 1a; Avaricia peior est prodigalitate, libro 1 capitulo 19 parte 2; Avaricia est morbus incurabilis, ibidem…De vasis repletis pice, sulphure, libro 3 capitulo 21 parte 3; De velis vanium, libro 3 capitulo 23 parte 3; De uncis ferreis, ibidem. [Rubric, s. XV:] Explicit tabula secundum ordinem alphabeti composita super tres libros Egidii de regimine principum. [f. 104r-v, blank]
Subject index to the De regimine principum, alphabetical often only through the first letter, with the lemmata entered in the outer margin; the quire has been disordered since the fifteenth century and the sequence of folios is corrected by notes from that time. 3. ff. 105-192: Incipit commentum fratris Nicholai Tryvet super quinque libros Boeicii de consolacione philosophie, [First prologue:] Explanacionem librorum Boeicii de consolacione philosophica aggressurus…[f. 105v, Second prologue:] Consolaciones tue letificaverunt animam meam…[f. 106, Text:] Anicii mallii severini Boeicii exconsulis ordinarii patricii de consolacione philosophie liber primus incipit, Carmina qui quondam studio florente…[f. 106, Commentary:] Volens igitur Boecius agere de consolacione philosophica…[f. 190, End of text:] cum ante oculos agitis iudicis cuncta cernentis…[f. 192, End of commentary:] cum acciones vestre sint in conspectu iudicis cernentis cuncta. Qui est dominus noster ihesus christus Cui est honor et gloria in secula seculorum. Amen. Et sic terminatur liber quintus continens prosas 6 et metra 5 et sunt universaliter in libro toto prose 39 et metra totidem id est 78 capitula.
See R. J. Dean, “The Life and Works of Nicholas Trevet,” unpublished D. Phil. dissertation, Oxford 1938. Kaeppeli, SOPMA 3143. 4. ff. 192-198v: [Unidentified treatise on metrics:] Ad designandas metrorum diversitates utile est scire quia sit tempus et que species temporis et quid pes et cetera dubitalia…Dux pars priamides. Ablativus in e correptam desinit ut infra, vexatus tociens rauci theseide cordri [sic]. Nominativus// [note, s. XVII:] desunt caetera. Parchment, ff. ii (early modern paper) + 198 + i (contemporary parchment) + ii (early modern paper); 345 × 245 (247 × 157) mm. 112(-1, 7) 2-312 412(-3) 5-812 912(the fifth and sixth bifolia were reversed at an early point; a leaf is missing at the end, possibly the 11th) 10-1612 1712(-11, 12). Catchwords in frames in lower right corner; quires and leaves signed with letters and roman numerals in purple ink through quire 9, thereafter in red. 2 columns of 56 lines except for the main text of Boethius on ff. 105-192, written in 38 lines. Ruled in scratchy brown crayon with single bounding lines; pricking visible in all 4 margins. Written in anglicana formata; on ff. 105-192, the main text in a textura larger than the glossing hand. Opening initial for art. 1 missing; ff. 31v and 60v, 8-line, parted red and blue, the first with a void leaf pattern against a solid red ground, the second against cross-hatching, both with extensive marginal penwork. Opening initial, f. 105, 6-line, parted red and blue with red cross-hatched void leaf design as infilling, similar cross-hatching on the extensions of the initial, with some penwork in purple, and a red and blue cascade the length of the text; similar initials on ff. 123v, 160v, 179v; the initial “I” for the third book, f. 137v, in blue with a void floral pattern, and red penwork in the margin enclosing a grotesque face. Opening initial, f. 192, 10-line, parted red and blue, with cross-hatched void leaf pattern, and extensive marginal penwork, some of it in purple. Secondary initials throughout the entire book, 4-line, blue with red cross-hatched infilling and void designs; 1-line initials in blue with red decoration. Alternating red and blue paragraph marks; rubrics, and running headlines for the second text, in red. On the first text, the running headlines added in a noting hand on the recto. The second text is broken into lettered sections for reference purposes, usually up to “g,” but in the latter portions up to “n.” Notes added, s. XV, on the back flyleaf, “In omni opere memento finis” and a 4-line note: “Omnibus enim non mea sompnia dicere possum…” Bound, ca. 1840, in faded red morocco with the Bridgewater crest stamped in gold on both covers; marbled endpapers; gilt edges. Written in England in the second half of the fourteenth century. Apparently belonged to the house of the Boni Homines (“Bonshommes”) at Ashridge. See Ker, MLGB, 4-5, H. C. Schulz, “The Monastic Library and Scriptorium at Ashridge,” HLQ 1 (1938) 305-11, E. Searle, “The Calendar, Martyrology and Customal of the Boni Homines of Ashridge,” Mediaeval Studies 23 (1961) 260-93 (which refers principally to EL 9 H 15, but gives a brief history of Ashridge), and provenance of EL 7 H 8. The last rector of Ashridge, Thomas Waterhouse, surrendered the house to the Crown at the Dissolution in 1539; the land and buildings of Ashridge were subsequently leased by Waterhouse’s nephew, Richard Combes. Barely visible under ultra-violet light on f. 1 is the inscription: “liber Fra. Combe ex cenobio Ash <?> ex dono Avunculi ibidem Abbatis Domini Thomas Waterhouse,” presumably written by Francis Combes (1583-1641), grandson of Richard Combes (d. 1595). The same inscription continues: “1. Egidii de regimine principum; 2. et fratris Nicholai Triveti commentarium in Boetium de consolatione et cetera.” Also on f. 1 the note “ex dono Richardi Combe Armigeri,” written by John Egerton (1622-86), 2nd Earl of Bridgewater; in Egerton’s hand are the note on f. 198 “desunt caetera,” the numbers 1 and 2 in the upper margins of ff. 1 and 105 designating the 2 main texts, and the Bridgewater pressmark, “L:CC:B:2/13.” Acquired with the Bridgewater Library by Henry E. Huntington in 1917 (see pp. 5-7).
Secundo folio: [f. 1] opera faciamusBibliography: De Ricci, 130. Aspects of Medieval England, n. 22 open at f. 161.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
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