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The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220

Elaine Treharne

Cambridge, Trinity College, R. 9. 17 (819)

Cambridge, Trinity College, R. 9. 17 (819)

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220

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English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 |

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Ælfric's Grammar, Dicts of Cato and Glosses

Date: s. xi/xii

Summary:

A composite manuscript made up of four booklets:

Booklet A (s. xvi) contains replacement material for text missing at the beginning of Booklet B.

Booklet B (s. xi/xii) contains Ælfric's Grammar 'in an abbreviated form and without the prefaces and glossary' (Ker 1957, p. 134) (fols 3r/1-44v/4), beginning acephalously 'PARTES. ORATIONIS. SVNT OCTO. æhta dælas synd' and ending 'oðre syndon englisce inter | iectiones', followed by the beginning of Ælfric's Grammar (fols 44v/5- 45r/13), 'SECUNDUM DONATUM. Omnis uox aut articulata est', ending imperfectly 'uocales. | ˥ þa six'; an Old English translation of Distichs of Cato (fols 45r/15-48r/26), 'NE beo þu to slæpor ne to idel', ending 'scúfan ðeah simle ðone | hláford beforan'; and an Old English apophthegm not based on the Distichs of Cato (fols 48r/27-48v/22), 'AC sanctus agustinus sæde swiðe swutul bispell by ðy', ending 'ðeah | he mónigne fót hæbbe' (Treharne 2003, pp. 65-85).

Booklet C (s. xiv/xv) contains Richard de Bury, Philobiblon and Alain of Lille, De Plantu Naturae.

Booklet D (s. xii/xiii) contains papal decretals and letters of Alexander III in Latin.

There are numerous contemporary glosses in English and in French throughout Ælfric's Grammar.

Manuscript Items:

  1. Item: fols 1-2

      Title (B.1.9.1.9.EM): Ælfric's Grammar [Preface]: Preface

      Incipit (Latin): (fol. 1) EGO ÆLFRICUS ut minus sapiens has excer | ptiones de prisciano minore

      Explicit: (fol. 2) Gyf he nele his who gerihtan

      Text Language: Latin and English

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  2. Item: fols 3-44

      Title (B.1.9.1.10.EM): Ælfric's Grammar [Glosses]: Glosses

      Incipit: (fol. 3) æhta dælas synd

      Explicit: (fol. 44) Oðre syndon englisce inter | iectiones

      Text Language: English and Latin

      Bibliography:

  3. Item: fols 44v-45r

      Title (B.1.9.1): Ælfric's Grammar: First part

      Incipit (Latin): (fol. 44v) SECUNDUM DONATUM. Omnis uox aut articulata est

      Explicit: (fol. 45r) uocales | 7 þa six (ends imperfectly)

      Text Language: Latin and English

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  4. Item: fols 45r-48r

      Title (B.7.1): Proverbs: Distichs of Cato: Free translation, partial.

      Incipit: (fol. 45r) NE beo þu to slæpor ne to idelgeorn

      Explicit: (fol. 48r) Scúfan ðeah simle ðone | hláford beforan

      Text Language: English

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  5. Item: fols 48-65

      Title (B.7.1.1.EM): Proverbs: Distichs of Cato [excerpts]: Second paragraph translation of some of the Distichs of Cato.

      Incipit: (fol. 48) AC sanctus agustinus sæde swiðe swutul bispell by ðy

      Explicit: (fol. 65) ðeah | he mónigne fót hæbbe

      Text Language: English

      Note: New paragraph but connected in subject to item 3.

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Form: Codex

Support: Parchment. Fols ii + 46. Fols 1, 2 are supply leaves, s. xvi.

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Foliation and/or Pagination: Foliation is in brown ink, and has been corrected from fol. 41 onwards, as '40' was written twice.

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