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R.15.32


  • Shelfmark: R.15.32
  • Manuscript Title: Hyginus etc
  • Simplified Title:   Astronomical and computistical texts
  • James Number: 945  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xi early.
  • Physical Description: Varying number of lines to a page. In a fine minuscule.
  • Provenance: English. Probably from Winchester. See the notes on the Kalendar under Contents. On p.218 : Alexander Baker (xvi)
  • Religious House:   Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine Abbey (St Augustine's); Hyde, Hampshire, Benedictine Abbey
  • Donor: Given by Willmer.
  • Size (cms): 21.5 x 16.5
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin; Old English
  • Century: 11th century
  • Folio: 217 pp. (so numbered).
  • Collation:  16 210 (10 canc.) 34 48-138 144 158.
  • Second Folio:    esse locatum
  • Title in rustic capitals.
    f.1 IN NOMINE DOMINI INCIPIT INUOLUTIO SPERAE
    Duo sunt extremi uertices mundi quos appellant polos.
    -effusionem urnae aquarii quae ad ipsum usque decurrit accipiens.
    f.2 SENTENTIA ABBONIS DE DIFFERENTIA CIRCULI ET SPERAE
    Studiosis astrologiae primo sciendum est
    -Si uero Nota est: aliquis planetarum est.
    With a diagram in red.
    f.3b DE CURSU · VII · PLANETARUM PER ZODIACUM CIRCULUM
    Denique Luna totius Zodiaci signa
    -ad quas sol numquam accedit.
    By Abbo.
    f.6b CURSUS LUNAE PER XII SIGNA
    Diagram.
    f.7a (p.13) HORALOGIUM HORARUM INCHOAT
    p.14 Tables connected with Kalendar
    p.15 Kalendar, in red, blue, green, and black
    Each month has a headline, e.g. for January
    Hebraice · Tebeth · Grece Eidyneos · Aegyptiace Thybi.
    p.27 Paschal tables follow
    p.37 Verses in a larger hand on the dies Aegyptiaci
    KL. IAN. Iani prima dies et septima fine timetur.
    KL. DEC. Dat duodena cohors septem inde decemque decembri.
    p.38 Another Paschal table with diagram
    p.39 HIGINUS MAGISTER FABIO PLURIMAM SALUTEM
    ET SI TE STUdio grammaticae artis inductum
    -et initium rerum demonstrabimus.
    EXPL. PRAEFATIO.
    p.42 INC. LIBER HIGINI
    Mundus appellatur is qui constat ex sole luna et terra et omnibus stellis.
    It is the Poeticon Astronomicon.
    Nos autem omnium corporum deformationem dicere instituimus.
    FINIT DE HYSTORIIS OMNIUM SIGNORUM.
    p.92 INC. DE FIGURATIONE OMNIUM SIGNORUM
    Igitur incipiemus a polo boreo.
    Blanks are left for pictures of the signs: but the only ones inserted (in outline) are:
    p.102 Signum equi Pegasi. A demi-horse winged
    p.104 Taurus in a medallion
    p.109 Pisces
    p.114 Piscis Nothius
    Ends p.135
    ccctos. lxta. v. dies suo cursu transigit
    FlNIT HIGINUS DE...
    p.136 MARTIANI . MINEI . FELICIS . CAPELLAE . CARTAGINENSIS DE ASTROLOGIA LIBER . INC. IN NOMINE D.N.I.C.
    Quae dum geruntur et deorum sacer senatui.
    With some interlinear glosses, seemingly all in Latin.
    The last page erased and rewritten in cent. xii (p.165).
    The old hand ends p.164
    Cum ultra · xii · partes.
    p.166
    xii . cos matutini radii non presserint solis
    -aut in latitudine declinare aut retrogradari tacit.
    INC. EXPOSITIO COMPOTI [helperyci] 166
    Cum quibusdam fratribus nostris adolescentulis
    -illa deinceps facilius assequantur.
    FlNIT EXCERPTIO UEL EXPOSITIO COMPOTI HERIRICI (written above is helperici: xiii) UIRI DOCTISSIMI.
    p.200 INC. EXCERPTIO ABBONIS EX IGINO DE FIGURATIONE SIGNORUM
    Denique ut dicit plinius inter omnia sunt · lxxii · signa.
    There are a few Greek words, fairly well written.
    -Quae diabolicus error confirmauit . sed christus dominus saluator mundi euertit (p.212).
    p.213 Ciceronis Aratea (without heading)
    Written in double columns: in the same hand.
    Quinque solent stellae simili ratione notari (l.227(472)).
    On p.214 a heading
    DE CURSU SOLIS ET LUNAE.
    Quod si solis habes ueros cognoscere cursus (l.341(587)).
    Ends p.216
    Hanc autem totam properant depellere pisces (l.480(728)).
    On the fly-leaf are scribbles: probatio penne bone (xii).

    The Kalendar has the following notable entries.
    Jan. 9. Transl. S. Iudoci (at, not to, Winchester).
    19. S. brannualatori C.
    Feb. 1. S. Brigide V.
    13. Tr. S. eadƿeardi R. Et S. Eormenhilde V.
    28. Dep. S. osƿaldi Arch.
    Mar. 1. S. Ceadden Ep. (spelling probably peculiar to Winchester).
    12. S. Gregorii pp. et S. Aelfheagi Ep. (the latter only found in Winchester books).
    18. S. Eadƿeardi R. et M.
    20. S. Cuthberhti Ep.
    Ap. 13. S. Leonis pp. et s. guðlaci.
    21. S. Aelfhegi ep. et M.
    30. S. erkenƿalde Ep.
    May 18. Sanctae... (erased: probably Elfgivae).
    19. Dep. S. Dunstani Arch.
    25. Urbani and Aldelm.
    26. Augustine Abp. and Bede.
    June 15. Dep. S. Eadburge V.
    21. S. Leufredi C.
    23. S. Aeðeldrythe V.
    July 2. Dep. S. Sƿiðhuni Ep.
    6. Sexburge V.
    7. S. Hędde Ep.
    8. S. Grimbaldi Sac.
    13. Added slightly later S. mildryþe V.
    15. Transl. S. Sƿiðhuni ep.
    17. S. Kenelmi M.
    18. Transl. S. Eadburge V.
    20. S. uulmari C.
    Aug. 1. Dep. S. aðelƿolde Ep.
    5. S. osƿaldi R. et M.
    Sept. 4. Transl. S. Birini et Cuthberhti.
    5. S. Berhtini Abb.
    10. Transl. S. Aðelƿolde Ep.
    17. S. Landberhti M.
    Oct. 8. S. iƿigii C. (=Iwygii: peculiar to Winchester)
    10. S. Paulini Ep.
    12. S. uuilfridi Ep.
    17. S. Aeðeldrythe V.
    Nov. 4. S. Byrnstani Ep.
    20. S. Eadmundi R. et M.
    Dec. 3. Dep. S. Byrini Ep.
    13. S. iudoci C.

    The Rev. H. M. Bannister, to whose kindness I owe the above note, adds that the omission of the Transl. of S. Grimbald (4 Non. Sept.) may perhaps mean that this is not a Newminster book; that the octave of S. Denis (17 Kal. Nov.) is in England almost peculiar to Winchester: and that the spelling Machloni (17 Kal. Dec.) points to the same place.

 
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