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The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: R.15.22
  • James Number: 944  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xii, early.
  • Physical Description: 27 and 30 lines to a page. In a rather large and thick variety of the Christ Church hand. With fine ornaments.
  • Provenance: 

    From Christ Church, Canterbury. On f.1 is MVSICA BOECIJ ·ET MVSICA GVIDONIS IMPERFECTA [de claustro cant'.] Also the mark EE.

    On f. 140v this ys John hills bok wrytte the second day of Aprill 1564

  • Religious House:   Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine Cathedral Priory (Christ Church)
  • Donor: Given by Willmer.
  • Size (cms): 31 x 23
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin; Music
  • Century: 12th century
  • Folio: 137 ff.
  • Collation:  i8-x8 (7 canc.)-xvi8 xvii10.
  • Second Folio:    dictum est
  • In our oldest (fragmentary) catalogue it is marked as EE Musica Boecii in as(seribus).

    It is also in Edwards, p.158, Musica Boecii (prima) . musica Guidonis imperfecta

    1. Table in red and green capitals.
    f.1(3) Auicii Manlii Boetii Seuerini de musica id est armonica institutione. Liber primus incipit
    Fine initial in white, green, red, and purple, of a man in cloak, tunic and round cap, seated marking a graduated scale with compasses, on a table on L.
    Omnium quidem perceptio sensuum.
    On f.2b is a long passage in Greek written in red capitals, with an interlinear Latin gloss.
    f.4b Capitula
    f.5b. A fine initial the length of the page, with purple ground, containing figures of men and dragons.
    After quire 1 the writing is rather closer.
    There are very many diagrams, in green, red, and yellow.
    f.28 Liber II
    Good initial: man with sword and bow, girt with quiver, and other figures of men and beasts.
    f.49 Lib. III
    Initial S. Men catching beasts by their tails, and fish.
    f.66 Lib. IV
    Initial E. A man (horizontal), his legs gnawed by dragons. He looks upward, and pierces another dragon's head with a sword.
    f.92 Lib. V
    Initial P. Stem full of figures of men and beasts.
    Ends f.101b
    Diatonic equal'. ptholomei clinisio.

    2. Inc. Epistola Widonis ad Theodaldum aretine Episcopum super musicam suam.
    (Title in red, purple and green capitals.)
    Divini timoris tociusque prudentie fulgore.
    f.102 Initial D. On L. a woman in red holding two palms. Within, Samson rending the lion's mouth open: he is astride its back.
    This is by a different hand, but still English.
    Prol. ends
    Ordine me scripsi primo qui carmina finxi.
    Expl. prol.
    f.103 Capitula
    f.103 Inc. Micrologus Domini Widonis in musicam
    Quid faciat qui se ad disciplinam musice parat.
    Igitur qui nostram disciplinam petit (purple capitals).
    The writing is sometimes in double columns. There are specimens of music.
    Ends f.140a (imperfect)
    De iiiio tono quinto sexto nil tale inuenitur.
    There is a note (original) in green just before this: Deest.

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