Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
ALBUMAlbum composed, s. XIX1, of approximately 65 items, of which the following are of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries:
England, s. XV2, s. XVI1, s. XVIex
I.1. ff. 1-2: //autem illum honorant eternam vitam hereditabunt perpetuum cuius ipsi hereditabunt paradisum sicut amenissimum ortum. Mortuorum vero resurrectio erit…dominus venturus est vaticinando intonuit dicens. [27 verses:] Iudicii signum tellus sudore madescet/ E celo rex adveniet per secla futurus…Et coram hic domino reges sistentur ad imum/ E celo recidet ignisque et sulfuris amnis. [Prose:] Tunc iudicabit dominus secundum uniuscuiusque opus et ibunt in gehennam ignis eterni…Et ipsi regnabunt cum eo in secula seculorum amen.
Prophecy of the Tiburtine Sibyl, see E. Sackur, Sibyllinische Texte und Forschungen (Halle 1898), here beginning defectively and corresponding to Sackur’s edition only on pp. 180-87, from the interpretation of the 5th Sun on; what remains here of the 4th Sun (most of the first column) is expanded with respect to Sackur. For the verses, see Walther, Initia 9907. 2. f. 2r-v: Anselmus cantuariensis archiepiscopus et pastor anglorum coepiscopis suis salutem et benedictionem. Conceptio veneranda sancte dei genitricis Marie fratres dilectissimi quemadmodum multa signorum experimenta in anglia et in francia ceterisque cosmi climatibus olim sit declarata me narrante audiat dilectio vestra. Helsino ramensis ecclesie abbate…utramque sacratissimam eius conceptionem spiritualem videlicet et humanam ut ipsius suffragio a terrenis contagiis exuti conceptioni in sinu abrahe mereamur ascribi Annuente filio virginis unico domino nostro ihesu christo cui cum patre et spiritu sancto est honor et gloria in secula seculorum amen.
Abbreviation of the sermon, Ps. Anselm, “De conceptione beate Marie”; PL 159:319-324. 3. f. 2 [added in the lower margin in a contemporary hand] [T]empore illo quo divine placuit pietati anglorum gente de malis suis corrigere…et que viderat et audierat quibus potuit notificavit.
Miracle of the Virgin in saving Elsinus, abbot of Ramsey, so that he could honor the feast of the Immaculate Conception; excerpt from the same sermon as above (this section not abbreviated); PL 159:319-320. 4. ff. 2v-3v: Narratio ex libro qui grece vocatur Suda quem composuerunt viri sapientes isti Eudemus rethor, helladius qui tempore Theodosii iuvenis, Eugenius Frigius, Zosimus, Gazeus…, Temporibus pissimi Imperatoris Iustiniani fuit quidam princeps iudeorum Theodosius…Sed vere ut familiari amico philippo apud iudeos absconditum secretum propalavit.
Grosseteste’s translation of the second article of Suidas’ Lexicon on Ἰησοῦς or “De probacione virginitatis beate Marie”; see S. Harrison Thomson, The Writings of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln 1235-53 (Cambridge 1940) 64-65. 5. f. 3v: How schal a mann in pes abide/ Hy hert and enuy set aside…Eche man wel beholde his degre/ For this worlde is but a vanyte. Quod hichecoke. [On f. 4, a modern leaf, 2 transcriptions of the poem, one imitating the fifteenth century script of f. 3v, the other in a modern hand by Joseph Haslewood; f. 4v, blank]
IMEV 1261. R. H. Bowers, “Hichecoke’s ‘This Worlde is but a Vanyte’,” MLN 67 (1952) 331-33 from this manuscript, taking the signature “quod hichecoke” to be that of the author; Hichecoke may also, or only, be the scribe. Some previous printed texts have mistakenly supplied the initial “W.” for “quod.” Another transcription by Joseph Haslewood of this poem is London, Brit. Lib., Add. 11307, f. 120r-v. 6. f. 5: As I walkyd vppon a day/ To take þe aere of feld and flowre…And withyn his gloryus blysse thatt we all may dwell/ And geve vs there licence to lyve yn ese.
IMEV 373. C. Brown, ed., Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century (Oxford 1939) 273-77 from this manuscript. A transcription by Joseph Haslewood of this poem is Add. 11307, f. 121. 7. f. 5v: A dietorie, For helth of body couer fro colde þine hede/ Ete no raw mete take good heede þer too…And all sayntes reioisyng in þe trinyte/ Bryng vs to þat hy glorious towre Amen for charyte. [on f. 6, a modern leaf, a transcription by Joseph Haslewood of the 1618 edition of this poem; f. 6v, blank]
IMEV 824. John Lydgate, A Dietary, printed by J[oseph] H[aslewood] in Censura Literaria 7 (London 1808) 345-49 from the 1618 edition, from London, Brit. Lib., Harley 2251 and from this manuscript, noting the variants. A transcription by Joseph Haslewood of this poem is Add. 11307, ff. 124, 126.
II.8. 3 leaves mounted on ff. 7-9: The proverbes of Salmon do playnly declare/ That wysdome ys the vessell that longest will endure…When thowe spekest let men marvell at thy shamefacenes/ When thow spekest not let them wondre at thy sobernes. Withe leavinge honour to women I ende, quod Bryan.
R. S. Kinsman, “The Proverbes of Salmon Do Playnly Declare’: a Sententious Poem on Wisdom and Governance, Ascribed to Sir Francis Bryan,” HLQ 42 (1978-79) 279-312; “Bryan” may also, or only, be the scribe.
III.9. 1 leaf mounted on f. 11: Confession & honor to the Blessed Sacrament, Thou hidd & secret deitye I worshipp & adore/ I glorifye & honor thee devoutly more & more…with face reveled cleare & bright yat I may blessed bee/ As yat sweet light so glorious all glory be to thee. Amen. Blessed Thomas Aquinas. [on the verso of this leaf, upside down, accounts for stabling dated 1552; f. 12, a modern transcription of the poem, possibly not in the hand of Joseph Haslewood].
A verse translation of Thomas Aquinas, Adoro te devote latens deitas [RH 519]. Album composed of inset items (pt. I) and mounted items (pts. II and III), interleaved with modern paper. I. s. XV2. Paper (Ciseaux, similar to Briquet 3690, Genoa 1460/61), ff. 1-3, 5, (4 and 6 are modern paper interleaves); 380 × 265 (287-297 × 186) mm. 14(+4, 6). 2 columns of 43-55 lines, frame ruled in lead. Written possibly by one person (Hichecoke?), in different scripts and using different inks: i, ff. 1-3va, 5 (arts. 1, 2, 4, 6) in an English secretary script; ii, f. 3vb (art. 5) in a current hybrida; iii, f. 5v (art. 7) in a current hybrida; the added material at the foot of f. 2 (art. 3) probably by a different person in a hybrida with some humanistic influence. 4- and 3-line plain red initials; red paragraph marks. II. s. XVI1. Paper (Main, somewhat similar to Briquet 11369-11388 of northern European manufacture, used ca. 1526-1600, except that the thumb is parallel to the fingers and there are no initials on the gauntlet), 3 leaves (art. 8) mounted singly on modern ff. 7-9; 304 × 220 (230 × 108) mm. 32 lines of verse, with vertical bounding lines produced by folding. Written in a secretary script by Sir Francis Bryan (?). III. s. XVIex. Paper (no watermark), 1 leaf (art. 9) mounted on modern f. 11v; 210 × 148 (172 × 120) mm. 32 lines of verse, with a vertical bounding line in ink to the left of the text. Written in a secretary script; the stabling account on the verso also in a secretary script. Bound, s. XIX1, in quarter purple roan and red paper boards; paper sheets watermarked “Gater 1818.” Written in England, the three parts respectively in the second half of the fifteenth century, in the first half of the sixteenth, and towards the end of the sixteenth century. The album was assembled by Joseph Haslewood (1769-1833), who in publishing art. 7 in 1808 stated that it was “obtained from the Hawkins library at Nash Court” (Kent); there is no information on his sources for pts. II and III. Haslewood sale, Evans, 16 December 1833, lot 1328 to T. Rodd. Thorpe Catalogues of 1834, lot 509 (note in Library files; this catalogue not available to us) and of 1836, lot 425 to Sir Thomas Phillipps; his n. 8923, although the usual inscription has been erased from the title page of the album. Phillipps sale, Sotheby’s, 22 March 1895, lot 378 to Quaritch. Belonged to Robert Hoe; his sale, Anderson, New York, 1912, pt. IV, lot 2357 (see sale catalogue for further information on the other items in this album) to G. D. Smith. Precise source and date of acquisition by Henry E. Huntington unknown. Bibliography: De Ricci, 63.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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