Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library

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France, s. XIVin
1. ff. 2-92v: Incipit prologus in librum eruditionis principum, Cum pars illustris ecclesie sit cetus principum et multum ab eis dependeat vita minorum…; [f. 2v, Chapter list:] Incipiunt capituli primi libri, Quod potestas terrena pocius est timenda quam appetenda, i…; [f. 5, Text:] Incipit liber primus quod potestas terrena pocius est timenda quam appetenda, Cum inordinatus amor potestatis terrene multum noceat…eo quod corpori dominico ad modicum tempus fuit associata. Liber eruditionis principum explicit. Benedictus deus qui incepit et complevit. Amen.
For attribution to Guillelmus Peraldus, see Kaeppeli, SOPMA 1626; printed several times among the works of Thomas Aquinas, including Opera Omnia (Parma 1865, repr. New York 1950) 16:390-476. Two quires and 15 leaves missing with loss of text as follows: after f. 3, Chapter list, Book 5, 21 to Book 7, 5; after f. 16, Book 1, 7 to 1, 9; after f. 24, Book 1, 15 to 2, 1; after f. 26, Book 2, 3 to 2, 6; after f. 30, Book 2, 10 to 2, 11; after f. 32, Book 2, 13 to 3, 3; after f. 34, Book 3, 4 to 3, 5; after f. 36, Book 3, 7 to 3, (?); after f. 37, Book 3, (?) to 3, 9; after f. 42, Book 4, 5 to 4, 7; after f. 54, Book 5, 10 to 5, 12; after f. 66, Book 5, 25 to 5, 38; after f. 77, Book 5, 50 to 6, 1.
2. f. 93: [former pastedown] List of authorities, mainly the books of the Bible, but also Bernard, Augustine, Seneca, Isidore and Aristotle with appropriate abbreviations; f. 93v, ruled, but blank.
Parchment, ff. i (modern parchment) + 93 (of which the first and last, although part of the quire structure, were formerly used as pastedowns) + i (modern parchment); 269 × 180 (185 × 126) mm. 112(-4, after f. 3) 212(-6, 7 after f. 16) 310(-4, 7 after ff. 24 and 26) 410(-2, 5, 6, 9 after ff. 30, 32, 34) 512(-2, 4, 10 after ff. 36, 37, 42) 612(-11, 12 after f. 54) 712 one quire missing here 812(-1 after f. 66) one quire missing here 98 108. Catchwords in lower right margin; quires signed in lead on last leaf verso in early form arabic numerals. 2 columns of 31 lines, ruled in ink with double bounding lines at left and right of written space, with top and bottom 2 lines full across and with additional sets of double rules in the upper margin (used for the running headlines) and in the lower margin. Written in a well formed book hand. Parted red and blue initials, 6- and 5-line, with filigree infilling, tendrils and cascades in both colors; alternating red and blue initials, 2-line, with similar decoration. Alternating plain red and blue initials, 1-line, in the chapter list at the beginning of the book and in those that remain before the individual Books (for Books 4, 5 and 7). Running headlines across the opening, alternating colors. Rubrics throughout. Scattered marginalia. Bound, s. XV, in leather over wooden boards, with diagonal rules, horseshoe and dot tooling; 4 corner and 1 center brass bosses (2 missing on the back cover); 2 fore edge straps closing to pins on the front; on the front cover, 2 paper labels: “Liber eruditionis principum” and “B” or possibly “8”; rebacked and repaired in 1972. Written in France in the first third of the fourteenth century. Belonged to Isham Keller of Redlands, California who may have removed the missing quires and leaves before selling it to Dawson’s Book Shop, Los Angeles, in April 1947; acquired from Dawson’s by Mrs. Mary W. T. Dickinson. Received by the Huntington Library in April 1953 as a bequest from Mary Dickinson (d. September 1952).
Secundo folio: [f. 3] est vanitas; [f. 6] non adducet
Bibliography: Chronica, 4.
J. Preston, “Medieval Manuscripts at the Huntington: Supplement to De Ricci’s Census,” Chronica: a Newsletter Published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific 21 (1977) 2-9
Kaeppeli, SOPMA
T. Kaeppeli, Scriptores ordinis praedicatorum medii aevi (Rome 1970- )

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.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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