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The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: O.4.1
  • Manuscript Title: ALEX. NECKAM DE NATURIS RERUM.
  • James Number: 1232  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xiii.
  • Physical Description: Double columns of 38 lines. Finely written. Flourished initials in red and blue.
  • Provenance: 

    From Barnwell Priory, just outside Cambridge. On the verso of the flyleaf in red is
    Liber Ecclesie sancti Egidii de bernewelle (xiii).

    On the verso of the 2nd flyleaf a xvth cent title
    Alexander de naturis rerum.

  • Religious House:   Barnwell, Cambridgeshire, Augustinian Priory
  • Donor: Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. Marked F. 5 [There is no number F. 5 in Gale's MS. Catalogue.] (F. 7. No. 267) and at top of f.1, No. 60.
  • Size (cms): 35.5 x 25
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin
  • Century: 13th century
  • Folio: 169 ff.
  • Collation:  2 flyleaves, 110-1710 (wants 10).
  • The second flyleaf has a good deal of xiii-xivth cent. pencilwriting, seemingly a sermon.
    f.1 Inc. opus magistri Alexandri de S. Albano de naturis rerum
    Forma decens admiratione dignis.
    See the Rolls edition, Neckam de naturis rerum ed. T. Wright.
    f.28 Liber II.
    f.81 Liber III. de uanitate humane fragilitatis
    Superfluo detinerer labore.
    This is the Exposition of Ecclesiastes, not printed by T. Wright.
    Ends f.168: deo omnium bonorum largitori cui honor et gloria per infinita sec. sec. Amen.
    On ff.169b, 170 in a very close and contracted hand of cent. xv are notabilia S. Thome super libros ethice.
    f.170b is a good deal stained and very difficult to read. The notes go down to Lib. IV.

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