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VIRGIL

MRJ number: 
205
College classmark: 
H.2

Vellum, 11.625 x 8.5, ff. 286 + 2, 24 lines to a page.  Late 15th cent., in a clear italic hand, written perhaps in Flanders.

 

Ex dono d. Shellotoe Atturniatorum Camerae Stellatae unius.  Dec. 17, 1624.

At the end:                                                                                         2 fo. et tibi.

                     Liber Ric. Nykke episcopi Norwicensis.

He died 1536.

The manuscript, Uffenbach says, was used by John Laughton for his anonymous edition of Virgil, 1701.

Collation : 1 flyleaf, 110 – 510 612 710 – 1210 1312 1414 158 1610 – 2510 268 – 288 296, 1 flyleaf.

 

Contents :

P. Virgilii bucolicorum liber inc. feliciter           .               .               .         f.    1

Border of Flemish work: at top a defaced shield: on L. shield gules,

    two keys in saltire arg.  On R. shield or, a double-headed eagle

    displayed sable.  At bottom a blank space for a shield, supported

    by two angels.  Good decorative initial.

P. v. maronis carmen bucolicon in quo theocritum uicit expliciter (!)

    feliciter.

P. v. m. in primum georgicorum lib. inc. pref. (Quid faciat – fenore

    reddi)  .               .               .               .               .               .               .               18b

Border with the same shields: that at top is azure defaced.

Exordium libri eneidos inc.  .               .               .               .               63b

Illo ego qui quondam

Origo troianorum et totius Enee uite decursus totiusque libri

    Eneidos pulcherima prefatio           .               .               .               .               64

Dardanus ex Ioue et electra

      -deus ingens nominatus est.

Origo – decursus totiusque eneidorum libri breuis epilogus pulcherima

    et compendiosa prefatio expl. feliciter.

Ouidii nasonis super duodecim libros eneidos pulcherime et com-

    pe(n)diose prefationis carmen inc. foeliciter                .               .               64b

Primus habet libicam ueniunt ut troes ad urbem.

                                  

Ultimus imponit bello turni nece finem.

Eneidorum libri primi prefacio inc. fel.               .               .               .               15

Primus habet, etc.

    (1)  Eneas odiis iunonis pressus inique.

                              

    (10) Excidium troie iussus narrare parabat.

Eneidorum liber primus inc. foeliciter                .               .               .               65b

Border with the same shields: that at top is azure 3 fleurs de lys or.

Each book has an argument in verse of ten lines.

Towards the end there occur peculiar borders of red and blue

    ornament down one side: by another hand.

Lib. XII end 270b. Expl. XII lib. eneid. P. V. M.

Inc. pref. in XIII eneid. Maphei Vegii poete clarissimi.  Lege feliciter.

Narrat hic enean post prelia facta beatum.

A laude vegius sua nomina dicta mapheus.

Argument (10 lines).

Uictori enee subdit se rutula manus.

                         

Diua parens Iouis imperio astra ad summa beatum.

Text.  Turnus ut extremo deuictus marte profudit           .               .               271

                                  

Indigetem apellat templisque imponit honores.

Maphei Vegii poete clariss. eneidos xiiius lib. expl. foel. deo gr.

Three lines follow.

    Iam plusquam mediam nox egerat humida cursum      .               .               283b

    Claraque seraphice referebat sabbata clare

    Postera lux caperem dum letus carmine finem.

Pref. libri precedentis (9 lines, an acrostic on Natalis)   .               .               284

                Nunc canit enean, etc.

                               

                Litteris in primis sed nomina nostra notabis.

                Brixia quem genuit tellus saturnia pinguis.

       Epigramma P. V. M.

                Mantua me genuit

       Aliud Epigr. eiusdem.

                Pastor oues et arator agros

       Aliud Epigr. Eiusdem.

                Pastor arator eques paui seui superaui.

                                               

                Nec lac nec segetes nec spolia uilia tuli.

Verses without title in another hand (34), attributed to Octavian                284b

    Ergo ne supremis potuit nox improba uerbis

    Tam dirum mandare nefas? ergo ibit in ignes

    Magnaque doctiloqui morietur musa maronis.

Ends 285a:

    Laudetur vigeat placeat relegatur ametur.

An English scribble on the flyleaf at end.

Supplementary information 

Inscription on flyleaf at end: Nicholas Everard est verus possess[or].

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