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Marston MS 74 Southern Germany or Austria, s. XV 2
Jacobus de Vitriaco, Historia Hierosolymitana
ff. 1r-151v [Prologue:] Postquam diuine propiciationis munificencia
exercitus christianj longa in [?]itatem et pacienciam clementer
respiciens. et eiusdem diuturnos...manifeste poterit perpendere Explicit
prologus Explicit Prologus. [table of contents, f. 3r:] Incipiunt
Capitula. Cur dominus terram sanctam varijs flagellis et subalterius casibus
exposuit. Capitulum secundum. De varijs [hon crossed out] generibus
hominum bonorum et malorum...[text, f. 5v:] Terra sancta promissionis deo
amabilis et sanctis angelis uenerabilis. et vniuerso mundo...et a sancta
Romana ecclesia consolationem et subsidium de die in diem expectantes.
ff. 152r-156r ruled but blank (ff. 156-157 pasted together)
Jacobus de Vitriaco, Historia Hierosolymitana Abbreviata, book 1 (the
"Historia Orientalis"), ed. J. Bongars, Gesta Dei per Francos (Hannover,
1611) v. 1, 1047-1124; for the edition of book 2 (the "Historia Occidentalis")
and for a study of the life and writings of the author see J. F. Hinnebusch,
The Historia Occidentalis of Jacques de Vitry, Spicilegium Friburgense 17
(Fribourg, 1972), with bibliography. In the present manuscript later hands
have added chapter headings and running headlines; some marginal annotations,
Paper (watermarks: Piccard, Ochsenkopf XII.749, XIII.771, and similar
to XI.226), ff. ii (paper) + 156, 215 x 155 (138 x 90) mm. Written in 29
long lines. Double outer and single inner vertical bounding lines; single
horizontal bounding lines. Ruled in lead or crayon. Prickings in upper,
lower, and outer margins.
I-XIII 12. Catchwords (often trimmed) along lower edge near gutter,
Written in a well formed hybrida script by a single scribe.
One illuminated intial, f. 1r, 18-line, dark green with stylized
foliage in light green with yellow shading against red with gold filigree
and gold ground edged dark and light grey. Foliage serifs, blue, green,
pink, red, and grey with gold balls and gold accents extending into the
upper, inner, and outer margins to form a partial border of attenuated and
stylized curling leaves. One flourished initial, 5-line, blue with red
penwork, f. 5v. Plain initials alternate red and blue. Headings in red
for table and a few chapters; most spaces left unfilled by rubricator.
Binding: Southern Germany or Austria, s. xv. Original wound sewing
on three tawed skin, slit straps laced through tunnels in the edges to
channels on the outside of flush beech boards and pegged twice. The spine
is lined with vellum between supports.
Covered in brown calf, blind-tooled with a rope-work flower in a
central panel which is divided in three, the upper and lower sections
divided into triangles; the whole panel within a rope interlace border.
Spine: bands outlined with triple fillets. Two fastenings, now wanting,
the lower board cut in to accomodate them.
Written in Southern Germany or Austria in the second half of the 15th century.
Early 18th-century inscription of Samuel Schoeneck on front pastedown:
"Donum ornatissimae foeminae Knolliae 1708. D. 26. Sept. Samuel Schoeneck."
Bookplate with initials "H. S." and dated "1780" was identified by T. E.
Marston as that of Hieronymus Schultz (attribution unverified). Armorial
bookplate with motto "Ars longa vita brevis" of Conde de Mansilla.
Belonged to the Honorable William Robertson, "One of the Senators of the
College of Justice" (bookplate; 1753-1835; DNB, v. 16, p. 1315). From the
collection of Nicholas Toke, of the Toke family of Godinton (bookplate with
motto "Militia mea multiplex;" for the family see J. Burke, Genealogical
and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland
[London, 1846] v. 2, pp. 1401-02). Belonged to the lawyer and legal historian
Eyre Lloyd (d. 1895; Alumni Cantabrigienses, Pt. 2, v. 4, p. 187).
Miscellaneous notes on front pastedown and f. i recto. Purchased from
C. A. Stonehill (inv. no. 3039) in 1954 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
secundo folio: quam futurorum
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 73, no. 74.
Barbara A. Shailor