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Sermons: MS McClean 104

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  • Sermons

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii modern paper flyleaves + 163 fols. + ii modern paper flyleaves, 260 x 178 mm (189 x 112 mm), 25 (quire 1), 27 (quires 2-6), 31 (quires 7-20) long lines, ruled in plummet (apart from quire 8, fols. 57-64, ruled in brown ink), written above top line, quire marks.

BINDING: early nineteenth century, gold-stamped mottled brown-green calf over pasteboards

SECUNDO FOLIO: nostrum. Quando

SCRIPT: Early Gothic bookhand

fols. 1r-9r Augustine, Sermo ad catechumenos de symbolo (PL 40, cols. 627-636; CCSL 46, 185-199, CPL no. 309)
fols. 9r-52r Quodvultdeus (ascr. to Augustine in this MS), Sermones I-III de symbolo (PL 40, cols. 637-668; CCSL 60, 305-363; CPL nos. 401-403), Sermo VI de ultima quarta feria (PL 40, cols. 685-694; CCSL 60, 395-406; CPL no. 406), Sermo VII de cataclysmo (PL 40, cols. 693-700; CCSL 60, 409-420; CPL no. 407)
fols. 52v-120v Augustine, Sermones XV de lapsu mundi, with Capitula
fols. 121r-163v Augustine, Jerome and Ambrose, Twenty-one sermons on the Old Testament

Red or blue initials [3-10 ll.] with foliate or geometric contours, infill or extensions in blue, red or yellow, including arabesque finials (e.g. fols. 1r, 123v, 151v), reserved straight or wavy lines (e.g. fol. 101v), beads with pairs of short strokes or curved ‘horns’ (e.g. fol. 53r, 65v), and yellow fern-like motifs (e.g. fol. 26r), for sermons; one-line red or blue penwork initials for Credo (fol. 1r) and capitula (fols. 52v, 121r).

Made at the Cistercian Abbey of Pontigny and preserving its twelfth-century ex libris with anathema on fol. 163v: Liber sanctae Mariae Pontiniacensis. Quicumque illum furatus fuerit anathema sit (Peyrafort-Huin 2001, 135, fig. 5); recorded in the abbey’s catalogues of the third quarter of the twelfth-century (Peyrafort-Huin 2001, 37, 512); still there in the eighteenth century, as revealed by two ex-libris inscriptions, L[iber] Bibliothecae Pontiniacensis on fol. 1r by Dom Depaquy (d.1800) and ‘De la Bibliothèque de l’abaye (sic) de Pontigny’ on fol. ii verso probably penned by him when he re-catalogued the library c.1778 (Peyrafort-Huin 2001, 206); transferred to Auxerre in April 1791 at the start of the Revolution and incorporated into the newly founded public library, as suggested by the ‘no. 228’ (fol. 1r) written by P. Laire (whose catalogue was compiled after the transfer to Auxerre) and replaced with ‘no. 219’ by the revolutionary commissioners (Peyrafort-Huin 1984, 96-99, 101-104; Peyrafort-Huin 2001, 214, 235, 512); Jean Baptiste Joseph Barrois (1780-1855); acquired by Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878) in 1849; Bertram, fifth Earl of Ashburnham (1840-1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10-14 June 1901, Barrois Collection, lot 34 (sale catalogue cutting pasted to fol. i recto); purchased by Frank McClean (1837-1904); his bequest, 1904.

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Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank McClean

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bequeathed
  • Dates: 1904


Materials used in production

Components of the work

  • Support composed of parchment
  • Text measuring: Height by mm by 189 by Width by mm by 112
  • Page measuring: Height by mm by 260 by Width by mm by 178

Techniques used in production

Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

  • Accession number: MS McClean 104
  • Primary reference Number: 207640
  • Project ID: 611
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  • Created: Monday 18 January 2016
  • Updated: Friday 30 April 2021
  • Last processed: Saturday 1 May 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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