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Book of hours

  • MS105
  • Item
  • between 1470 and 1480

Manuscript is primarily in Latin with headings and saints names in French. The original description from the dealer indicated that it was 'composed in the style of the School of Tours'. However, the saints' days selected for inclusion in the calendar as well as textual variations in the Office of the Virgin suggest that it was produced for use in the Troyes region of France.

Biblia Sacra

  • MS106
  • Item
  • [12--]

Biblia Sacra. Produced in France in the first half of the 13th century. There are 45 double column lines to the page in a small gothic hand on fine vellum, ornamented with 63 illuminated and 73 historiated initials. Most of them have red and blue decorative columns extending to the head and foot of the text. The text is in Latin.

Liber Visionum

  • MS107
  • Item
  • 29 November 1461

Manuscript is in Latin, partly on vellum and partly on paper. The text consists of prayers and supplicatory rituals dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is followed by the Office of the Angels, commencing at leaf 85, in a different hand. Nicholas Watson suggests in his essay in Clare Fanger's book Conjuring Spirits: Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic (1990) that the manuscript is a partial copy of the Liber Visionum by Jean de Morigny, with the first part likely having been composed between 1304 and 1307 and the second part composed before 1315. Manuscript is bound in reinforced vellum with "Codex" stamped on spine and slipcased with "Prayer book. c 1460" stamped on spine.

Manuscript contains 12 illustrations and decorations executed by an amateurish other hand, all near the front.

Various works / Boethius

  • MS108
  • Item
  • ca. 1150

Latin manuscript in a transitional Gothic script showing some vestigial Carolingian features. The opening leaf contains an illuminated initial "C"; there are rubricated initials throughout. At leaf 41 there is a diagram of the 4 elements and their innerconnections. On the verso of leaf 42 there is an illuminated initial "O". Extensively annotated throughout in at least two subsequent Gothic hands.

Manuscript is bound in tooled leather dating from the 19th or early 20th century. Stamped on spine: Boetius. Sever. ms. sec XII. This expands to: Boethuis Severini. Twelfth century. Manuscript is slipcased with "Boetius. c1150" [sic.] stamped on spine.

David Macbeth Moir fonds

  • MS109
  • Fonds
  • before 1852

The fonds consists of a bound volume containg six manuscripts by Moir. They are:
The bride of Lochleven. -- Manuscript, 21 p.
The lunatic of love. A fragment. -- Manuscript, 16 p.
The Norman captive. -- Manuscript, 17 p.
The Revenge of Sir Edmund. -- Manuscript, 19 p.
Isabelle or the maid of Damascus. A Syrian tale. -- Manuscript, 29 p.
The exile of Novogorod. -- Manuscript, 76 p.

Three different hands appear to have been used. Different paper was used for the last manuscript. Stamped on the front cover is the delta symbol. Stamped on the back cover are the initials of his wife: C.E.M. 1852.Written inside the front cover is the inscription: Jane Moir from her mother, July 1853.

Moir, David Macbeth

Astrology and cosmology / Family history

  • MS111
  • Item
  • 13-?

Persian manuscript written in black and with illustrations in red ink. It is the work of a scholar. It possibly dates from the 14th century. It contains astrological and cosmological charts and diagrams of stars, moon, suns, and the seasons, giving the auspicious times for prayer. It gives the auspicious times for prayer and also mentions the name of an Emperor Jalaludin Mallik. The manuscript is incomplete: beginning and end pages are missing, as well as portions of pages are excised.

On the front fly leaf, there is writing in a different and unsophisticated hand, unrelated to the main manuscript. It relates some family history and is written in Persian with two words in Arabic. There is a number, 782, at the top of this page. If it is a year, it also dates back to the 14th cebtury.

1766 Madrid riots and Instruction Against the Jesuits

  • MS112
  • Item
  • 1760-1766

Indice. Tumulto de Madrid del anno 1766 .... Instruccion a Principes an malos Jesuitas.

Spanish and Portuguese manuscript bound in vellum. Notation on spine almost illegible but appears to read "PAPEL NARROS". 342 unnumbered pages. The first approx. half of the ms. is in Spanish. It concerns the 1766 riots in Madrid and consists of sections in various hands. The second section, ("Instruccaõ a Principes, sobre a Politica dos Padres Jesuittas") a translation from Italian into Portuguese, consists of instructions to rulers against the Jesuits, apparently in a single hand, dated Lisbon, 1760. The manuscript is in fragile condition: some leaves have become detached from the spine.

George Marshall fonds

  • MS113
  • Item
  • [1771?]-1777

The fonds consists of a bound manuscript titled "A Series of Letters from Brother to a Sister". It begins with a poem titled "George Marshall to Miss Eliza Marshall, London, August the 22nd, 1777". This is followed by an account of Marshall's voyage on The Charlotte, from England to Bombay, commencing on 20 February [1772?] and ending 21 January [1773?]. The ship sailed from Gravesend and visited Bonavista, St. Jago, Porto Praya Bay, Mayo, Rio de Janeiro, St. Sebastian, Santa Cruz, Tristan de Cunha, Apularia, Cochin, Malabar Coast, Mangulore, Goa and Bombay. There are very full accounts of the towns, customs, birds and animals and other aspects of the settlements visited. There is a map tipped in to face page 11: A View of Porto Praya Bay in the Island of St. Jago. Stamped on the spine in gold is "Voyage to the E. Indies."

Accompanying the manuscript is a letter to Mrs. S. Siwek (presumably a former owner) from A.W.H. Pearsall, Custodian of Manuscripts at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, dated 22 February 1963. The letter indicates that the Royal Charlotte was an East India Company ship and notes that their records show that the voyage began 1772. The manuscript contains only one date during the voyage, that of 1 January 1772. It is possible that Marshall wrote 1772 when in fact he should have written 1773, as is often the case when the year changes.

Marshall, George

Extract from Comiers' Pratique Curieuse, ou Les Oracles des Sibylles

  • MS114
  • Item
  • [17--?]

Item consists of a manuscript copy, written into a blank book, of an extract from the printed work by Claude Comiers entitled Pratique Curieuse, ou Les Oracles des Sibylles, Sur Chaque Question Proposée, the first edition of which was published in 1693. Subsequent editions were published into the late eighteenth century. It is unclear which edition is represented in this manuscript copy. An edition of 1750 matches this manuscript in terms of content and page numbering.

His book Pratique Curieuse uses tables and keys to determine the fortunes of the reader, based on calculations made through numbers associated with various elements. No description of how to make these calculations has been included in the portion contained in this manuscript copy.

Foliated [1], 1-170, [1], the final page being blank. These numbers were derived from the page numbers of the edition used to make the copy. The blank book was imposed in quarto format and bound with six bands. It is certain that this was a blank book, since, for example, the lines written on the first page transferred to the inside of the front cover before they dried. The original pale blue paper cover was at some point itself covered over, likely due to the apparent cracking of the spine, with a slightly thinner red wavy striped paper cover cut slightly too large, now also cracked and chipped along the spine. Paper has the watermark 'MI' with what appears to be a bell and an oak leaf surmounted by a crown. The only illustration is on p. 73 and depicts an angel's head with wings, drawn perhaps with the same pen and ink used to transcribe the book. Italic hand. Relatively modern and consistent orthography.

Comiers, Claude

Genaelogy and Lineage Chart of the Lords of Gera [Genealogia und Stammen-Tafel der Herren von Gera]

  • MS115
  • Item
  • [1727]-[after 1755]

Item comprises a manuscript codex, bound but without covers, completed by a single unidentified scribe sometime after 1755. It contains selections concerning the lords of Gera copied from Johann Georg Adam von Hoheneck’s printed books on the genealogy of Austrian lords, with scribal additions from an unknown source.

The first and largest portion of the copied text replicates title page and ff. 139-148 of Johann Georg Adam, Freiherr von Hoheneck, The Laudable Lords, Noble Houses of the Arch-Duchy of Austria on the Enns, as Prelates, Lordships, Knights and Cities, or, Genealogical and Historical Description ... First Volume [Die Löbliche Herren Herren-Stände Deß Ertz-Hertzogthumb Oesterreich ob der Enns Als Prälaten, Herren, Ritter, und Städte, oder, Genealog- und Historische Beschreibung ... Erster Theil ...] (Passau: Gabriel Mangold, 1727). This portion appears in the manuscript [1r-11v] under the title “Genealogy and Lineage Chart of the Lords of Gera from the Time They Came into this Land” [“Genealogia und Stammen-Tafel Der Herren von Gera von der Zeit, Sie in die es Land kommen”].

The second portion comes from the addenda printed in the same book, the first volume of Die Löbliche Herren Herren Stände, on f. 695. It appears in the manuscript [12r] under the title “Additions and Correction” [“Addenda et Corrigenda”].

The third and final portion derives from f. 15 of Johann Georg Adam, Freiherr von Hoheneck, Supplement or Addendum to the First Part of the Genealogical and Historical Description ... continued until the End of 1732 [Supplementum oder Anhang, zu dem ersten Theill, der Genealog- und Historischen Beschreibung ... continuirt bis Ende 1732] (Passau: Gabriel Mangold, 1733). It appears in the manuscript [12v-13v] under this title, sub-titled “Gera.” At least one addition from a source other than Hoheneck has been made by the scribe in this section, as the last entry mentions the death of Johann Ernst von Gera in 1755, the year after Hoheneck's own death.

The remaining leaves [14r-20v] are blank.

The manuscript is inscribed on laid paper, bearing two separate watermarks, “MI” and a floral motif, and has been arranged in folio format and bound with string. There are no covers. The pages bear folio numbers taken from the printed originals on the recto of each leaf. With full colour painted illustration of the coat-of-arms of Gera [2r]. The text is written in High German. The manuscript bears a title page which replicates the title page of the first volume of Hoheneck’s principal book, suggesting that there was no original intention to append the text from the supplemental volume. This is, however, contradicted by the fact that the ink and penmanship are consistent throughout, suggesting that the whole manuscript was accomplished together at one time.

Hoheneck, Johann Georg Adam, Freiherr von

Antiphonal and Breviary Miscellany

  • MS116
  • Item
  • [15-?]-[17-?]

Item consists of six groupings of texts, Fragments A-G, removed from one or more antiphonals and one breviary. These original books likely originated in the vicinity of Catalonia and Aragon, were perhaps associated with the Franciscan or Dominican orders, and were probably produced during the sixteenth to early seventeenth centuries. The fragmentary nature, haphazard selection and non-chronological arrangement of the removed texts suggests that, in their current state, they were not arranged for liturgical use.

The scribal hands are in Gothic textura rotunda. Fragments A, D, and F, in which the letterforms are less rounded and more vertical than in the other fragments, come from a single codex, with the same hand and illumination style. One portion of text in Fragment C has been erased, with the same text rewritten over it in a later hand, dating to the eighteenth century. The quality of lettering varies between fragments. There are several illuminated or historiated initials, but in general the scribal and illumination work is often simple, rough or incomplete, especially in Fragments B and C.

The covers consist of contemporary wooden boards covered with deteriorated leather, fitted for five cords. Nothing remains of the spine, but remnants of the cords and traverse spine linings are extant. A metal clasp hinge remains on the front cover at the centre of the foreedge, and a wooden boss is nailed to the back cover in the same spot.

Folio format. The fragments are generally disbound and were likely not ever bound to the present covers. There are remnants of an original seven-cord binding on the spine edge of many gatherings, and wear on the leaves is also inconsistent with the present boards, which might have been employed more as an unattached protective case than as a binding proper. Fragments B and C are affixed to each other by an adhesive at the spine, as are Fragments E and F. A group of leaves, from part-way through Fragment B to the end of Fragment C, have been bound more recently at the upper margin with metal wire. Ink has transferred from portions of text on the first leaf in Fragment A and the last leaf in Fragment F to the front and back covers respectively, and black residue from the covering leather has been deposited on the same leaves, showing that the fragments have been kept in the present arrangement within the unattached boards probably for a considerable time. Some leaves have been cut or otherwise damaged, especially in the leaves bound by the wire, which have a cut from the spine edge inward into the text. The fragments have not been foliated as a single item, but, for the purposes of this finding aid, they have been treated as such [fols. 1-14, 15-38]. Fol. 9 is detached, and fol. 15 is at present completely lacking.

Book of Isaiah, leaf

  • MS117
  • Item
  • [13--?]

One leaf from a bible, portion, in Latin, from the book of Isaiah with illuminated letter 'C'. Possibly made in France.

Manuscript fragment, possibly Celtic

  • MS118
  • Item

One leaf, fragment of Celtic (?) ms., in Latin, with illuminated capitals on each side of the leaf. The leaf has been used as printer's waste inside the binding of another book - the marks of the paste down are clearly evident.

Mnemonic Guide to Gratian's Decretum

  • MS119
  • Item

A mnemonic guide to Gratian's Decretum, in 101 numbered lines, followed by 35 numbered "causa"; reference on the verso of the final leaf to the first letter of Blessed Jerome, on 4 large sheets of vellum. Marks of being used as paste down clearly visible. Custodial marks of a previous repository present on each leaf. Rubrication of some capitals and marginal drolleries.

Leaf from a Book of Hours, [use of Rouen?]

  • MS120
  • Item
  • [14--?]

With illuminated letter "D" and red marginal ornamentation on one side, ornamented letters "E" and "I" and red and blue marginal ornamentation on the other side. Leaf is enclosed in double sided white board mount.

Two leaves from a Book of Hours

  • MS121
  • Item
  • [14--?]

Leaves from a book of hours originating in France. One leaf has an illuminated letter "Q" on one side and an illuminated "H" on the other, both highlighted with gold and with trailing floral ornamentation. The leaf is enclosed in a double sided white board mount. The second leaf has an illuminated letter "S" and has been enclosed in a single sided white board mount.

Leaf from a Bible

  • MS122
  • Item
  • [1280?]

One leaf from a bible. Encased in a custom portfolio with string ties. Portfolio is marked "Latin Vulgate Bible, Italy, 1280 A.D." and bears the initials "G.T.W."

Page from an antiphonal

  • MS123
  • Item
  • [after 1264]

The manuscript is the first page of the Lauda Sion Salvatorem, one of the sequences from the Roman Catholic Mass of Corpus Christi. This sequence was written by Thomas Aquinas in 1264, providing the dating parameters for the manuscript. With illuminated letter "L" and ornamented letters "Q" and "L" on the recto, and two ornamented "Q"s on the verso.

Collectanea ex Rot. Pat. Reg. R2 in Arce Londonensi

  • MS124
  • Item
  • 1683 or later

Translated title: Collected from the Patent Rolls of King Richard II in the Tower of London. Late 17th century manuscript. The manuscript contains information copied out of the Chancery Patent Rolls which were recorded during the reign of Richard II (1377-1399). The entries are summaries, written in Latin, of those contained in the Rolls and are a selective collection of the material. The county associated with each entry has been noted in the margin throughout and occasionally references “m.#” possibly to the Membrane it was from or as a reference to a different record.

Physical description: Folio. Binding is from the 18th century, full-leather, calf, which has been blind tooled with a Cambridge panel. The spine was later re-backed in sheep skin in the 19th century, likely February 1860, when the manuscript was sent for repairs by Bellamy Burton (repair slip has been sewn in between pp.8-9).

The manuscript is written on laid paper with a couple of different watermarks, see pp. 57 and 211.

Included with the manuscript is pp.181-182 of The Graphic, from 3 August 1912.

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