[English devotional miscellany].

Manuscript, Book
  • Middle English (1100-1500)
  • Latin
[England] ; [14--].
51 leaves : parchment ; 140 x 95 mm


Former owner
Getty AAT genre
Summary note
A compilation of English devotional treatises in prose and verse, beginning with the Ten Commandments.
  • Ms. composite codex.
  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Script: Textualis semi-quadrata.
  • Decoration: blue 2- to 3-line initials with red flourishes at the beginnings of texts and sometimes sections within texts.
Binding note
Bound in England in the 19th century by Francis Bedford in brown morocco over pasteboards; 5 raised bands; binding title: "A treatise on the ten commandments. MS."
Language note
In Middle English and Latin.
  • fol. 1r-21v: "Decem precepta euangel[iorum]
  • fol. 21v-26v: "Hit(!) incipiunt septem mortalia peccata"
  • fol. 26v-29v: "Here begynnyþ þe fyve bodili wittus
  • fol. 29v-34r: "Here begyneþ þe ten commandementis and telliþ hoo brekeþ hem
  • fol. 34r-35r: "Here begyneþ þe seuen werkes of merci
  • fol. 35r-35v: "Here begyneþ þe seuen werkes of gostli merci
  • fol. 36r-36v: "How a man schulde haue in his hert fyue þynges þat desiryiþ to loue god
  • fol. 36v-38r: "What is þe kynde of a man in bodi and in soule
  • fol. 38v-44v: "Here begyneþ seint gregories trentel
  • 44v-46v: "Here begynneþ þe songe of saing þe best
  • 47r-49r: "Here begynneþ þe songe of þonkyng god of al
  • fol. 49r-51v: "Here begynne þe songe of amendis makinge".
Early provenance unknown; marginal notes in a 17th century hand court hand on fols. 13v and 26r, respectively, refer to Walter Baynton, Esq. ("Precipe Waltero Baynton Armigero") and to the Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral, Somerset County: ("Ad Curiam manerij Commorum Ceta[nis?] et capit[a]lis Ecclesie cath[edralis] Wellen[sis] tent[um] apud Chittelham"); later owned by the British book collector Sir Henry Hope Edwardes (1829-1900), 10th baronet of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, whose armorial bookplate is on the front pastedown; sold at his sale at Christie's, London, on 20-23 May 1901 and acquired by the London antiquarian bookseller Bernard Quaritch; Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript from Quaritch on 20 September 1902 and gifted it to the Princeton University Library in 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift; of Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
  • Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, pages 332-334
  • Ricci, S. de. Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, volume, page 894
Cite as
Garrett MS. 143, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other title(s)
A treatise on the ten commandments. MS.
Robert Garrett Collection
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