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MS. 4 Josephus historia

JOSEPHUS.                                                                                          Haenel 3.

Vellum, 143/4 x 101/2, ff. 213, double columns of 45-49 lines.

Cent. xii, in several excellent English hands.            2 fo. et quantum.
On f. 1 at upper R. corner is :

Lib. fratris Willelmi de monkeland.

Monkland is in Herefordshire. There was a priory there, cell to Conches, granted to

Windsor at the suppression.

There seems to be an inscription on the recto of a vellum leaf now stuck to the cover.

Collation:

18 28 (wants 6) 38-238 (wants 1) 248-278 (wants 8).

Contents:

Title in green and red capitals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f. 1

Eusebii Ieronimi Presbiteri Laus qua Iosephum computat inter Aeclesiasticos scriptores.

Josephus Mathie filius ex Ierusolimis

—uocabulum non deficit (De Virr. Illustr.).

Initial with medallion of fiddler.

Flavii Iosephi in descriptionem historiarum Antiquitatis Iudaice Prologus inc. . . . . . . . 1

Historian conscribere disponentibus

—ita conscripsi.

Finit prologus.

Inc. capitula libri primi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f. 2
Expl. capitula libri primi.

Flavii Iosephi Historiarum Antiquitatis Iudaice liber primus inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Text (2 b).

In princ/ipio / creauit / deus ce/lum et ter/ram.

These words occupy two-thirds of a column. They are in large red, blue and green capitals,

and have a fine initial full of dragons in good early English style.

The first leaf of Lib. II is gone. There are excellent initials to the other books. Lib. IV has a tall

nimbed figure standing on a contorted man. The first leaf of Lib. XVII is gone.

Ends f. 213 b : aliud prohibemus. Colophon in red, blue andgreen capitals :

Flavii Iosephi Historiarum Antiquitatis Iudaice liber vicesimus explicit.

© N.J.R. James

 

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