The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: O.2.31
  • Manuscript Title: Prosper, Cato, etc
  • Alternative Title:   Prosper of Aquitaine, Epigrammata etc
  • James Number: 1135  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. x.
  • Physical Description: 25 lines to a page. In two beautiful hands. There are admirable initials of two kinds; one, black outlines of interlaced work, with beasts' heads filled in in pink, the other (f.34) resembling enamel work, the interlacings being filled in with red, green and other colours.
  • Provenance: Both these styles [see physical description above] are found in B.14.3 (Arator), and the work in the two books is so similar that one is almost justified in assigning them to the same hand. The Arator is from Christ Church, Canterbury, and I assign this volume also to the house. In the oldest catalogue several Prospers are entered. Against this is the fact that at the top of f. 41a an xith cent hand has written a line with neumes almo uirgo aeþeldryða hac que die plena suscepit celestia which points rather to Ely. The same hand continues on f.42b In sanctitate fulgida et plena filicitate compleuit dies suos gaudia. Pulcra facie. The writing of f.34 is strikingly like that of B.4.27, also a Canterbury book: and on the margin of f.43 is a note in the Christ Church hand of cent xi, xii, unless I am much mistaken. [Ker (1964) rejects Canterbury but reassigns in Ker (1987).]
  • Religious House:   Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine Cathedral Priory (Christ Church)
  • Donor: Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. B. 11. No. 72 (77).
  • Size (cms): 22.5 x 14.5
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin; Old English; Music
  • Century: 10th century
  • Folio: 49 ff.
  • Collation:  18 (wants 1)-48 5? (two left) | 68 (wants 1) 7? (four left) 86 (wants 1, 6).
  • Second Folio:    nullaque
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  • 1. Prosperi Epigrammata. (P.L. LI. 497.)
    f.1 In red capitals
    In green and red and black capitals,
    Haec agustini ex sacris epigrammata dictis.
    Titles throughout in red rustic capitals. Initials to the poems alternately red and green. Initials to the lines in red.
    Ends with
    f.31b Versus Prosperi ad coniugem suam (l. c. 611)
    Age iam precor mearum comes in remota rerum.
    A red capital K is put in the margin at irregular intervals: it occurs eight times, (cf. O.1.18).
    Ends (f.33b)
    Vt caro non eadem tantum sed mens quoque nobis.
    A late hand (xvi) has added the last line, and Finis huius libri.
    There are a good many interlinear glosses, but I have seen none in English: on f.32a are a few in French.

    2. In another hand, resembling that of B.4.27: fine initial, Catonis Disticha.
    f.34 Inc. prefatio libri sequentis
    In green and red capitals.
    Cum animadverterem quamplurimos grauiter in uia morum errare.
    -libenter amorem ferto.
    With interlinear Latin glosses.
    Two xvith cent. notes on Cato follow.
    f.35 Liber primus
    Sideris est animus nobis ut carmina dicunt (in green and red capitals: a good initial).
    f.36b Liber secundus
    f.38a Liber tertius
    Four lines in this supplied by a later hand (xii) in the margin (f.39).
    f.39a Liber quartus
    Ends imperfectly f.40b
    Suspectus caueas ne sis miser omnibus horis.
    The hand of cent. xii adds nine lines in the lower margin.
    Nam timidis et suspectis aptisima mors est.
    Hoc breuitas fecit sensus coniungere binos.
    (See on this MS. Wiener Studien, V.166.)

    3. Then should follow the leaf now numbered 43.
    Versus Bedae presbiteri de Die iudicii. (P.L. XCIV.633.)
    Inter florigeras fecundi cespitis herbas.
    (In red and black capitals: fine initial.)
    Then follows f.42, then f.41. The poem ends imperfectly
    Candida uirgineo simul inter et agmina flore.
    The hand of cent. xvi adds the remaining thirteen lines, and also the beginning of the next article.

    4. f.46 Prudentii Tituli historiarum. (P.L. LX.89)
    Beginning imperfectly in the fourth section
    Risit sarra casa sobolis sibi gaudia sera.
    The title and opening lines supplied on a paper leaf of cent. xvi.
    The titles are in capitals.
    After f.49 should follow the leaf numbered 44 which completes the text, ending
    Et septem potuit signacula pandere solus.
    Expliciunt tituli historiarum.
    The verso is blank.


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