BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 157 Belgium, s. XIII/XIV, XIV^2
Aelred of Rievaulx, De amicitia, etc.
I.1. ff. 1r-6r Incipit liber beati augustini de amicicia.
Cum essem adhuc puer in scolis et sociorum meorum me gratia
plurimum...Ita a sancto illo amore quo amplectitur amicum ad
illum conscendens quo amplectitur christum spiritualem amicicie
fructum capit. Explicit liber de amicicia.
Aelred of Rievaulx, De amicitia. The treatise, an
abridged compendium of the De spirituali amicitia which
circulated from the 13th century as the De amicitia of St.
Augustine, is printed with spurious works attributed to him
in PL 40. 831-44. (See A. Hoste, Bibliotheca Aelrediana in
Instrumenta Patristica (Steenbrugg, 1962) p. 70; idem, "Le
traite pseudo-augustinien De amicitia," Revue des etudes
augustiniennes 6 (1960) p. 157.
II.2. ff. 6v-7r Liber siue Sermo sancti Augustinj de
humilitate et obediencia. Nichil deo sic placet quomodo
obediencia. Cayn maledictus fuit et post multa secula
manet...qui habet aures audiendi audiat in christo ihesu
domino nostro. Amen.
PL 40. 1221-24. This work may perhaps be attributed to
Geoffrey of Bath; see J. P. Bonnes, "Une des plus grands
predicateurs du XII^^e siecle," Revue Beneictine 56 (1945) p.
III.3. ff. 7v-22v Tulij Ciceronis Lelius. Uel de amicicia
liber incipit. Quintus mucius augur multa narrare de G. lelio
socero suo memoriter et vicunde [sic] solebat...amicicia esse
non potest ut ea excerpta nichil amicicia prestabilius
putetis. Finit liber ciceronis de amicicia.
Cicero, Laelius de amicitia; K. Simbeck, ed., Teubner
(1917) v. 14, 46c-86c.
Composed of three distinct sections, all of thick
parchment ca. 203 x 147 mm.
I: ff. 1r-6r (151 x 112) mm. 42 long lines; single
vertical and double upper horizontal bounding lines. Ruled in
lead; prickings visible in all margins except inner. Written
in informal gothic bookhand by one scribe who signed the
first sheets of the gathering with Roman numerals, in red.
Small initial, 4-line, blue with red penwork (beading) on f.
1r; other plain initials, alternating red and blue. Rubrics
throughout; many letters stroked with red.
II: ff. 6v-7r (151 x 105) mm. 2 columns of 42 lines;
single vertical and double horizontal bounding lines full
across. Ruled in crayon, same arrangement of prickings as in
Part I. Neat gothic bookhand, with simple initial and rubric
at beginning of text; first initial of each sentence stroked
III: ff. 7v-22v (140 x 95) mm. Written in 31 long lines;
frame-ruled in ink; remains of prickings on ff. 7-12 (as
established for gathering by first scribe). Gothic bookhand
by a third person who made marginal notations underlined in
I^^12, II^^10. Catchword (of third scribe) along lower
edge near gutter.
Binding: s. xx. Red velvet case.
Written in Belgium in three stages: Part I at the end of
the 13th or beginning of the 14th century; Parts II and III
were copied in the second half of the 14th century by or for
someone who already owned one treatise on friendship and who
wanted two additional works on the same subject.
Belonged to Guglielmo Libri; his sale (London, 28 March 1859,
no. 106) to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 16244; note on f. 1r);
his sale (London, 1897, no. 197) to Tregaskis. Collection of
Walter A. Copinger, Manchester (bookplate); sale by Sotheby's
(2 Aug. 1929, no. 1526) to Last. David Wagstaff (bookplate);
presented to Yale in 1944 by Mrs. David Wagstaff.
secundo folio: inde suscipiunt
Bibliography: De Ricci, v. 1, p. 1901, no. 2; Faye and Bond,
p. 36, no. 157.
Barbara A. Shailor