The Parker Register

1. Description by M. R. James

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Haenel 9.

Paper, 73/8 x 53/4, ff. 83, 27 lines to a page.

Cent. xvi, neatly written.

Arms of Parker on the binding. A chevron between 3 keys (2 and 1) bearing three stars of 6 points.

Inside the cover a woodcut 411/16 x 4 of the arms of Corpus Christi College.

Below, written :

Signat auis Christum qui sanguine pascit Alumnos: Lilia Virgo parens intemerata refert.

Above :

ye meetynge at Benett Coll. 6° Augusti vel infra tres aut quatuor dies ante vel post praedictum diem ad extremum.

On the flyleaf :

ffor Trinitie halle.


1. Of the Bookes:

Abp Parker’s Indenture concerning his library, in Latin, occupying 91/2 leaves.

On blank page:

Note in English by John Parker, Aug. 6, 1593, of books not found by him.

2. Inventarium librorum in maiore Bibliotheca, with coloured initial B, containing the arms of Parker and of Trinity Hall.

The form of entry is:

Biblia Latina Castalionis, 1 vol. fo. lig. 1554.

The books are classed according to subjects.

Then follows:

A. Libri in minore Bibliotheca.

Homerus grece Odisse et Jlias. ‘Me:nin aeide thea.’

These are all MSS. arranged in classes from A to W.

Then :

On the grounde, under B.

Under C.

Bokes in parchment closures as they lye on heaps. Mostly printed Books : 23 “heaps” are enumerated.

Then : Standyng on the shelves within the Lockes as here directed by seuen figures.

Printed books, in seven classes.

Miscellanea A.

These are volumes of MSS. of miscellaneous contents. The items and pages are given. They run from A to Z.

At top : Theis to be kepte within the little Library.

The first is :

Epistole Martini Buceri.

A further list of 35 MS. volumes beginning with Epistole principum clarorurn et proborum hominum,

and ending with Rotula in pergameno de anglia terra in Corio Rubro.

Parker’s Indenture concerning his Plate, in English.

List of “Bookes to remayne within the under Chamber of the xth Chamber on the East side for the common use of all vi Norwiche schollers”

(nine in number: prices given).

Implements to remayne within the under Chambers of the ixth, xth and xith Chambers on the easte side for the vse of certen Norwiche scholers nowe founded in Corpus Christi College in Cambridge.

© N.J.R. James

2. Supplementary Description

Language: Latin and English
Origin: England, Cambridge
Date: 16th c., ca. 1574
Material: Parchment
Physical Description: 83 folios (foliated by cataloguer i, 1 – 82), 180 x 140 (130 x 100) mm, 23 – 24 long lines, ruled in plummet and crayon
Rubric: Of the Bookes
Incipit: Hac indenture quadripartitia facta primo die Anno Domini 1574
2o folio: Illi visum fuerit
Explicit: Summa totalis x li. vii s.
Contents: Fols. 1r – 10v, Copies of a quadripartite indenture concerning the care of the books and manuscripts bequeathed by Matthew Parker (1504 – 1575) to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; fols. 12r – 77v, List of the books and manuscripts bequeathed by Matthew Parker to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; fols. 80r – 81v, Copy of a tripartite indenture concerning plate bequeathed by Matthew Parker; fol. 82r, List of books to remain in the ‘under chambre’ for the common use of the Norwich scholars at Corpus Christi College; fol. 82v, Inventory of the chambers of the Norwich scholars
Script: Documentary cursive (clear secretary hand)
Decoration: 1 historiated initial [B, ca. 10 l.] in pale yellow with a foliate motif for start of List of Books and Manuscripts, fol. 12r [two shields of arms; Parker, Trinity Hall]; large italic script with cadella for main sections of text
Provenance: MS made for Trinity Hall to record the Parker bequest
Binding: 16th c., (late) lace cased on green ribbon, brown leather over paste boards, blind-tooled centre (arms of Matthew Parker) and edge design, gold-tooled open panel design, remains of two clasps (closing front to back); rebacked, and modern repairs
Notes: Two almost identical registers are held by Corpus Christi College (MS 575) and Gonville and Caius College. Same scribe as main scribe in Corpus Christi College MS 575. ‘For Trinitie Hall’ written on fol. i recto; a similar note is to be found on Corpus Christi College MS 575, presumably written as the Registers were being sent out. The MSS recorded in the Register are to pass first to Gonville and Caius and then to Trinity Hall if there is a failure to adhere to the provisions of the indenture regarding the care of the books. Note by John Parker, son of Matthew Parker, dated 6 August 1593, of certain books not found by him during the annual inspection of Corpus Christi College. Late 16th and 17th c. annotations throughout.
Bibliography: M. R. James, Catalogue of Manuscripts in Trinity Hall (Cambridge, 1907), 43 – 45; M. R. James, Catalogue of Manuscripts in Corpus Christi College. 2 vols. (Cambridge, 1912), I, xiv; S. R. Jayne, Library catalogues of the English Renaissance. (Berkeley, 1956), 76, 78


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