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ADAM OF EYNSHAM, MAGNA VITA SANCTI HUGONIS, abbrev.1. ff. 1-95v: [Prologue of the abbreviator:] Incipit prologus abbreviationis vite beati Hugonis Lincolniensis episcopi et confessoris, Inspecta serie descriptionis vite beati Hugonis quam composuit [followed by a blank space] de quo in salutacione…hic ad capitula alia transferuntur. Ad maiorem autem tocius operis evidentiam premittuntur. Hic ante libellum primum capitula per ordinem singulorum librorum. [Prologue of Adam of Eynsham:] Dominis et amicis in christo carissimis Reverendo priori et qui cum eo sunt sanctis Withamensibus monachis servorum suorum minimus frater A. vite qui nunc est et future gaudia. Silencium michi…[f. 2v, Chapter list of Book 1:] Incipiunt capitula primi libri, Qualiter Hugo genitricis solacio destructus et…[f. 3, Text:] Capitulum primum, Hugo genitricis solacio tum necdum etatis metas excessisset orbatus est…propter accessum confluentis populi magis congruere ab oriali [sic] ipsius edis regione ad gloriam dei qui vivit et gloriatur super omnia, deus benedictus in secula. Amen.
England, s. XVIin
The Long Abbreviation by an anonymous Carthusian of Adam of Eynsham’s Magna Vita Sancti Hugonis; the complete version by Adam of Eynsham printed in D. L. Douie and H. Farmer, eds., The Life of St. Hugh of Lincoln 2 vols. (London 1961); this manuscript, at the time untraced, discussed on pp. l-li. The Long Abbreviation printed in PL 153:943-1114, with variants from the Prologue and Book 1, chapters 1-7 from this manuscript printed by J. F. Dimock, ed., Giraldi Cambrensis Opera. RS 21 (London 1877) 7:237-42. The other known manuscripts of the Long Abbreviation are Toulouse, Bibl. Mun. MS 483 (s. XIV; belonged to the Carthusians of Toulouse) and Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, MS 9999, acquired by them in 1972 from the London Charterhouse (s. XIVin); see description in Ker, MMBL 1:9-12. 2. ff. 95-96v: Bulla specialis domini pape honorii tertii de canonizacione beatissimi et gloriosissimi Hugonis Lincolniensis episcopi, Honorius episcopus servorum dei venerabili fratri episcopo…, Non repulit Dominus plebem suam…Datum viterbii xiii kal. martii Pontificatus nostri anno quarto; Bulla generalis domini pape honorii de canonizacione et translacione beati hugonis Lincolniensis Episcopi, Honorius episcopus et cetera Universis christi fidelibus…, Divine dignacio pietatis…Datum viterbii xiii kal. marcii Pontificatus nostri Anno quarto; Item alia bulla de translacione eiusdem, Honorius et cetera venerabili fratri episcopo Lincolniensi…, Cum venerabile corpus beati Hugonis…Datum viterbii Pontificatus nostri Anno 4to.
Three bulls of Honorius III relating to the canonization of Hugh of Lincoln; A. Potthast, Regesta pontificum romanorum…(Berlin 1874-75) n. 6195; printed by Dimock, 243-46. 3. f. 97: O quam grata dei pietas pia gratia…; Deus qui beatum hugonem confessorem tuum…; [4 lines ending incompletely, added by a contemporary hand:] Postea mirabar tunc non sine litibus esset/ Prima dies caussam [sic] percipe famis ait…[f. 97v, ruled, but blank]
The two prayers printed by Dimock, 246-47. Parchment (monastic: thick and fuzzy on both sides), ff. ii (contemporary parchment) + 97 + ii (contemporary parchment); 274 × 204 (182 × 128) mm. 1-28 36 4-58 68(-7, with no loss of text) 7-128 134. Catchwords in the lower margin; quires and leaves signed in letters and roman numerals; the leaves also signed a-d in the first half of the quire. 32-33 long lines, ruled in rose-colored ink, the final quire in crayon; single vertical bounding lines, with the top and bottom 2 lines full across; pricking visible in the lower and outer margins. Written in a well formed bastard secretary hand with chapter headings in a smaller script; occasional large looped bottom-line descenders. Opening initials on f. 1 for the rubric and prologue with black strapwork, tinted in red; one top-line ascender, f. 58v, in similar style; 2-line red initials; initials within the text slashed in red. Bound after 1510, when the Dutch binder John Reynes immigrated to London, and apparently before 1519, when he discontinued use of his unsigned roll tool of a dog, a bird and a bee; see J. B. Oldham, English Blind-Stamped Bindings (Cambridge 1952) An.b(3) 556 used here in conjunction with his pineapple stamp, Oldham 437, and by the same author, Shrewsbury School Library Bindings (Oxford 1943) plate 9 of B:111.29, similar to the binding of HM 36336. Bound in brown calf over wooden boards with evidence of 2 fore edge straps dyed pink, closing to hooks (1 remains) on edge of back cover. Written in the early years of the sixteenth century, possibly at the London Charterhouse. The preparation of the parchment and the careful attention paid to quire structure, script, chapter headings and punctuation are concomitant with Carthusian origin. Its Reynes binding would point to the London house (although there is no sign of their ex-libris), or to Henry V’s Carthusian foundation at Sheen. Provenance unknown until it appears in the late nineteenth century at Belton House, Grantham, in the library of Sir Adelbert Wellington Brownlow (1844-1921), whose bookplate is on the front pastedown: Rietstap, vol. 1, pl. 332 but differenced by, on the first quarter, argent, a sinister hand couped at the wrist gules and, on the escutcheon, sable, a cross engrailed argent between 4 fleur-de-lis of the same; the motto “Opera illius mea sunt.” Exhibition label (of the Victoria and Albert Museum?) affixed to the front pastedown, Case 88, exhibited by Earl Brownlow. Brownlow sales, Sotheby’s, 15 April 1929, lot 785 and Sotheby’s, 6 December 1971, lot 15 with a plate of the binding. Acquired by the Huntington Library at that time.
Secundo folio: Nosse quippeBibliography: Chronica, 7.
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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