[Expositio super novem lectiones mortuorum] / [Richard Rolle of Hampole].

Rolle, Richard, 1290?-1349 [Browse]
Manuscript, Book
[Oxford, England?] : [producer not identified], [between 1300 and 1400]
iv, 23, iv : parchment ; 369 x 239 (266 x 180) mm bound to 383 x 252 mm.


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Rare books genre
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Summary note
Commentary on nine readings from the Book of Job which form part of the readings for the office of the dead.
  • Incipit: “Parce mihi domine nihil enim sunt dies mei [Job 7:16]. Exprimitur autem in hiis verbis humane condicionis instabilis que non habet in hac miserabili valle manentem mansionem…”
  • Explicit: “Quem queris in iubilum tu christe corona Ricardum. Explicit tractatus Ricardi heremite de hampole super iob.”
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from printed catalog.
  • A few marginal notes. On spine: "Rich. Rolle Paroum Job. Engl. XIV cent." Anonymous sermon notes and brief commentaries on Gospel texts (Matt. 8:1, 8:23; Luke 2:1, 2:15; John 1:1, 1:9–13, 2:1) on folios 17v-23r. On fol. 18r is an extract from Peter Comestor (d. ca. 1178), Historia scolastica. In evangelia cap. 141 (De signis quindecim dierum ante judicium), which begins “Ieronimus in annalibus eborum invenit signa xv dierum ante diem iudicii inuenit sed utrum continui…”
  • Collation: Parchment ; fols. iv (modern French handmade paper) + 23 + iv (same paper) ; catchwords at end of quires ; modern foliation in pencil.
  • Layout: 41-42 long lines per page.
  • Description: One 14th-century scribe, probably in Oxford, was responsible for the main text. An early 15th-century scribe was responsible for the marginal annotations and second text.
  • Decoration: Chapters open with 2- to 3-line blue initials with red pen flourishes (fols. 1r-17v); guide letters were left for unexecuted 2-line initials at the beginning of brief notes or commentaries (fols. 17v-22v).
  • Origin: The manuscript was produced in England in the 14th century.
Binding note
England, late 19th century, Roger de Coverly. Later half-bound binding in brown leather and brown marbled paper over pasteboards (5 mm thick). Brown marbled paper pastedowns and flyleaves. Bound together with Garrett MSS. 66, 75, 85, and 86 until the late 19th century, when the volume was broken up into at least five separate volumes.
Language note
Intermediate provenance is unknown. Robert Garrett purchased the manuscript on 10 June 1926 from the New York antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich. Owner's or dealer's marks “M6145” and “H10749” (flyleaf, pencil). Garrett's gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 176-178.
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Also available in an electronic version.
Place name(s)
England Oxford.
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