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MS. 2 Ralph of Flavigny on Leviticus

Haenel   5.

Vellum, 173/4 x 111/2, ff. 182, double columns of 46 lines. Cent. xii late

or xiii early, in a very fine hand, with some admirable ornaments.

From St Alban's. At the top of f. I b is:

Hunc librum fecit dominus symon abbas sancto albano quem qui ei abstulerit

aut titulum hunc deleuerit anathema sit.

On the recto in a good imitation of a xvth cent. hand, very large and black,

Liber Roberti Hare precium .x. solid'. anno christi m.d. lxx.

and the title Radulphus flaviensis super leviticum.

Collation:

18–xxiii8 (wants 7, 8).

Contents :

Inc. capitula sequentis operis in unam seriern digesta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f. I b
In triple columns. capitula of the xx books.

Inc. prologus domni Radulfi flauiacensis monachi in tractatu leuitici . . . . . . . . 2

Cum inter socios aliquando (Bibl. Pat. Lugd. XVII. 47).

—quam perfidia iudeorum. Expl. prol.

Item alias prol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 b
Tercius in moysi libris

—tradit despernanda.

Expl. item prologus.

Inc. capitula libri primi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 b

Inc. liber primus in explanatione leuitici . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 b
De holocausto bouis.

Vocauit autem dominus moysen.

Ends imperfectly f. 182 in c. vi of lib. xx.

Decoration:

There are at the beginning of the book some admirable decorative initials in gold

and colours. These have a green edging. They should be compared with two MSS.

at Trinity College, B.5.3 and O.5.8.

The initials in question are on f. 2 a, 3 b (this is a pink initial with gold filling, and

inside ground of gold, on blue ground. Within it is Moses, with red nimbus, white

beard, pink mantle over white, kneeling. On R. in green medallion a bust of Christ

with red nimbus holding a scroll which has been inscribed in cent. xv. (Hutton Ricardo

Ihesu miserere memento), f 13 e (Lib. II), f. 21 b (Lib. III), f. 3o b (Prol. and text of

Lib. iv). After this the initials have no grounds, and no gold is employed.

© N.J.R. James

 

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