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The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: O.4.34
  • Manuscript Title: OROSIUS ETC.
  • James Number: 1264  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xii early.
  • Physical Description: 39 lines to a page. In the Christ Church hand, not so characteristic a form as some. There are grotesque initials on f.1 in pen and ink outline, washed with red.
  • Provenance: 

    It is from Christ Church, Canterbury. On f.1 upper R. corner in red, is the mark BY.

    O.4.36, now destroyed, was the second part of this volume, as Mommsen had recognised. The contents of the whole occur together in the Catalogue of Christ Church Library, Edwards, Memoirs of Libraries, I.146.Orosius libri vii.In hoc uolumine continenturEthicus de cosmographia.Cronica Jordani Episcopi Ravennat. de origine et actibus gentis Gothorum.Itinerarium prouinciarum Antonii Aug. The three last articles were contained in O.4.36.

  • 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. Marked A. 57.
  • Size (cms): 32 x 23
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Latin
  • Century: 12th century
  • Folio: 100 ff.
  • Collation:  i10-x10.
  • Second Folio:    conclusione
  • Notes:    See also O.10.28
  • f.11. Orosii Historia
    Title in faint red capitals.
    Inc. prefatio in orosio.
    Orosius presbiter hispanus genere uir eloquens
    -extremo pene honorio imperium tenente.
    Item prefatiuncula in orosio.
    Orosius presbiter terraconensis hispanus genere uir eloquens...
    Sciendum est quod hec ars nominatur ormesta id est miserabilis uel gemitus eo quod miserias mundi continet...
    sancti stephani detulit ad occidentales plagas relliquias.
    Inc. liber sancti orosii de ormesta mundi.
    Preceptus tuis parui.
    f.12 Liber ii
    f.21 Liber iii
    f.32b Liber iv
    f.46 Liber v
    f.61 Liber vi
    f.77 Liber vii
    Ends f.100b: per te iudicata si deleas.
    Finit orosii liber Septimus.
    There are marginal notes of cent. xii, some in very obviously Canterbury hands.

    f.100b 2. Inc. cosmographia ethici
    Lectionum peruigili cura comperimus.
    Fifteen lines only remain, ending:
    Quia non solum uenenorum male altrix terre
    partem habet spatii uerum etiam et celi
    aduerso sidere plus destituta. Nam qui illam partem.
    The rest of the text was no doubt contained in O.4.36.

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