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A supplement to Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon

  • N. R. Ker (a1)

I list newly found additional leaves of six manuscripts already described in 1957 (12, 73, 79, 81, 139 and 332). New leaves of 12 were to be expected: probably there are still more to find. The other five are all ‘principal manuscripts’ (Catalogue, pp. xv–xix), but the new leaves of 139 do not contain any English. 73, 79 and 81 are binding fragments: new fragments like this are likely to turn up from time to time. On the other hand the new leaf of 332, also a binding fragment, is a surprise. How does it come to be associated with a leaf of 73 inside a binding made not earlier than 1636? Were these leaves taken over from an earlier binding, the work of the binder of SP. 4 and SP. 260 at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, who used the strips of 73 now at Corpus (Catalogue, p. 122) ? And does 332 have some connection with Archbishop Parker? Neither supposition presents difficulty. 332 remained at Worcester until the seventeenth century, but it is more than likely that John Joscelyn, Parker's Latin secretary, examined it at Worcester (cf. Catalogue, p. lii). Did he excise the leaves containing this sermon for the common of a confessor and convey them to Parker and were they then abandoned as being mere duplicates of what Parker already had in 41 and 43?

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Page 121 note 1 Ker N. R., Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford, 1957).

Page 123 note 1 The ‘front’ (unattached) cover of Vet.E.1 b.10 at the time of the sale was actually the back cover of some other book. It bears Oldham's rolls DI.a.9 and FL.a.6. Both covers are now kept separately as Vet.E.1 b.10*.

Page 125 note 1 Quotations are from a letter from Miss Alexandra Mason, 10 July 1961. The leather and the paper leaves have been preserved, but not the pieces of pasteboard.

Page 126 note 1 British Library, Harley 625 8B would be a candidate for this supplement if I were able to agree with the dating, second half of the twelfth century, suggested by de Vriend H. J. (The Old English Mtdicina de Quadrupedibus (Groningen Dissertation, Tilburg, 1972), p. xxviii). It seems to me a good deal later.

Page 127 note 1 The Augustinian priory at Chich, Essex, was dedicated to SS Peter, Paul and Osyth.

Page 129 note 1 Letter, 2 December 1974. The identification of the binding in which these leaves were used became possible after the publication of Robert S. Matteson, ‘Archbishop William King's Library: some Discoveries and Queries’, Longroom 9 (1974), 7–16.

Page 131 note 1 Printed Raine James, Catalog! Veteres Librorum Ecclesiz Catbedralis Dunelm., Surtees Soc. (1838), p. 6, but without the word ‘anglice’.

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