MRJ number
College classmark

    Vellum, 10.25 x 6.625, ff. 111 + 1, double columns of 48, 59, and 55 lines, two volumes.  11th cent., (Garrod thought 10th), in a sloping hand, and 13th cent.

    Donor, T. C. S.   Priced 20s.

    From Dover Priory.  On flyleaf is:

              In isto uolumine monachorum de douorria continentur subscripta

                              Stacius magnus 1o a 2J.  III

                              Glose super precianum 51a

                              Commentator libri elenchorum 80a

(Ancient Libraries, p. 523, no. 391).

    Collation: 1 flyleaf, 18 - 58 610 | 78 - 98 106 (1 canc.) | 118 - 148.

    The flyleaf is part of an account roll of Dover Priory.  A line at the

 top is mutilated:

   .. ….die…prox. post festum S. Michaelis anno r. r….xiiimo (probably 13 Richard II,

=1389).  Et Lib. (i.e. Liberat.) ffratri Thome Stake tunc sacriste.

     It contains a list of vestments and church ornaments, a copy of which

is appended.


    I.    1.  Statii Thebais    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .       f.    1

                In capitals: Statii Papinii Surculi Liber primus inc.

                Below this is written (xiv) Boicius magnus (by mistake for


                Fraternas acies, etc.

                Some account of the text of this MS. is given by Mr H. W.

                   Garrod in the Classical Review (vol. 18, pp. 38 sqq.: Feb.

                   1904).  He assigns it to the 10th cent.  I should put it in the 11th cent.

                The following leaves are badly stained with galls, possibly     

                   applied by or for Beaupré Bell, who collated it in 17301 for


                ff. 17b, 18a: 18a is the worst of the two, but is partly legible.

                     19b, 20a: 19b the worst.

                     20b, 21a: 20b the worst.

                     23b, 24a: both legible.

                     24b, 25a, 25b, 26a: all fairly legible.

                     32 b, 33a: legible.

                     40b, 41a: legible.

                     49b, 50a : fairly legible.

                     50b: fairly legible.

                At the bottom of 3a is the full Dover press-mark:

                : 2J : III: Stacius magnus…. ecce autem antique….111…3.

                A good initial to Lib. X in black and white on f. 38a, almost the

                    only one that has been finished.

                Lib. XII ends near the bottom of col. 1 of f. 50b:

                papinii surculi…..TEBAI/ DOS Liber…explicit.

                Some 12 lines follow in a smaller hand, which I cannot decipher.

                Col. 2 contains (as Mr Garrod notes) Ausonius, Idyll. xx.

                Clio gesta canens, etc.,

                and also (not noted by Mr Garrod) the Lament of Oedipus

                    (see Edelestand du Méril, Poésies du moyen âge, and my

                    Catalogue of Trin. Coll. MSS. II, p. 263):

                Diri patris infausta pignora.

 II.    2.    Glosae super Priscianum   .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .           51

                Circa hanc artem primo considerandum est

                    -namque erant (?) etc. hi ca'l. copulatiue.

                f. 79b blank.

III.    3.    Commentum super Sophisticos elenchos       .         .         .         .         .            80

                Inc. primus liber sophisticorum elencorum.

                Sicud ad disserendum in arte disciplinatiua (?).

                The first page in single lines.

                There is a break at f. 106b: in sophisticis di(s)putationibus

                    dictum est.

              ..eresponsio. perfeccio uniuscuiusque disputationibus.

              Ends imperfectly IIIb.


    The list of vestments, etc., on the flyleaf is as follows:


Top line cut.

                                    prox. post fest. S. Michaelis anno r. r.

         -xiijmo.  Et Lib. ffri Thome Stake tunc Sacrist.

principal' et secundar' ·xv· Jnde liberatur ·i· ad Ecclesiam b. Martini per Priorem.

Cape simplices ·ix·/   pro Noctibus iiijor.  Casule principal. et secundar. v. Casule

pro ·xii· lectionibus ve. quarum una in Capella Prioris/   apud Sybert.  Et ·ij· in

custod. sacriste. Et una Casula de sancta Mar' Tunic. et Dalmatic. pro festis principa/

    secundariis iiijor paria.  Item pro ·xij· lectionibus ·iij· par. Albe bone cum parur'

et amict' xxij· Jtem due albe bone que/ . .  Thome de Mar' Item alie Albe debiliores

·xviij· de quibus predecessor non Respondit de vque ad plenum.  Et de quibus/   vj(?)

modo · amictus et ·v· sine parur' et sine amict'.  et alie ·v· cum paruris sine pann' pro

amict' Item iiijor Albe pro pueris /   principal' cum manipulis iiijor. Et vnus manipulus

de Cerico textus.  Jtem stole cum manipulis de ·iij· lectionibus ·iij· Jtem/   dekin ·vj·

de quibus vnum (de do)no Radi Coupere.  Jtem parur' ad amict'.  Item panniculi de

Cerico pro paten' tened./   Et vnus de sindone.  Jtem duo Panniculi Linei pro offertor'.

Item ·ij· panniculi linei consert' de Cerico pro reliquiis por /   Item Tuall' consut' pro

summo altari.  Et ·v· Tuall' benedicte pro summo altari.  Jtem una cum fruntello de

Cerico.  Item pro /  matutinal' ·iij· et ·iij· alie de .. Jtem ·ij· Tuall' pro lotura Prioris..

ij· orfres lata pro ·ij· cap'.  Jtem ·j· pixis argent'/   cellam argent. pro oblacionibus.

Jtem ·ij·textus Ewangeliorum.  Jtem ·vj· Calices · quorum unus in Capella Prioris. Et

alius/   'tare s. katerine.  Jtem ·iij· Corpralia cum ·iij· cassis.  Item Turibulum argent.

et deaurat.  Et unum vas argenteum/   car' ad incensum proditus per ffre'm Johe'm de

Sandwyco  iunior' prec. vjd.  Item ·ij· Turibula de Cupro.  Item ·i· vas de /   incens'.

Item ·iij· ffial. argent. quarum ·j· fracta.  Item fial de Stagno. xviij·  Item ·iiij· pelues

de Cupro.  Item ij/   aria de sindone.  Jtem ·j· crux processional. argent. deaurat.

Et ·ij· Cruces processional. quarum ·j· argent. et altera /   cupro.  Item ·i· crux  parua

de ligno sancte crucis.  Jtem ·j· Crismator' de Ligno.  Item aliud Crismator. cum ·iij·   

fial. coop./   de coreo.  Jtem ·j· Lucerna.  Jt. ·j· mortar. eneum cum pila non inuenitur.

Item ·ij· ferr. ad faciend. Encaust ·j· non /   tur.  Item ·ij· Libr. ad ponderand. cum

trabibus ferr.  Item ·ix· pectines de ebore de quibus in custod. Prior. ·j·  Item /   ar' ·v·

Item Puluinar' ·j· sancti Thome.  Item ·j· Crosa sancti Edmundi.  Item ·vij· Baculi pro

Cantoribus.  Item ·iij· Cande/   magna de stagno et ·iij· de ferro.  Item ·iiij·  

Candelabr. de Ere ad summum altare ammai'at'.  Item ·v· Candelabra Enea /   ia

matutinal'.  Item Tersor' pro magno altari ·ij·  Item Tapeta ·iij· ponend. coram altar'

et Cantoribus in choro /   s sollemnibus.  Item ·iiij· Tapeta pro formis in choro.  Item

·j· Tapeta de Reyns Nichi'. valentyn.  It. ·iij· parua Tapeta/   de Reyns.  Item ·ij·

sedilia quorum ·j· de ferro aliud de ligno.  Item superaltare de petra super quam

martirizatus est beatus/   s. Item ·i· vexillum de Lintheam'. beati Thome.  Jtem alia

·iiij· vexilla que ffr. Thomas de Cant' prouidit.  Item /    ord de Cupro deaurat' cum

maiestate et ·iiij· Ewangelistis quod portatur in processionibus.  Item ·i· situla pro

aqua /   ·iij· Amphore de stagno.  Item ·ij· Cortina in choro pendenc'.  Item ·j·

culcitra  in custod.  Prioris et ·v

j· pedenc' /   Item ·j· Cista cum Cortinis et panniculis

pendend coram altaribus et ymagin.  Item ·i· hanaperium in custodia sacriste. cum/

sacristarum.  Item reliquie specificat'.


1Not 1830, as inadvertently printed in Mr Garrod's article.

Manuscript extra information



Negative microfilm in St John's College Library.


R. D. Sweeney, Prolegomena to an edition of the scholia to Statius, Mnemosyne bibliotheca classica Batava, supplementum 8 (Leiden, 1969), p. 18.


B. M. Olsen, L'étude des auteurs classiques latins aux IXe et XIIe siecles, tome 3.


On item I. 1, H. W. Garrod, 'The St John's College MS of The Thebaid', The Classical Review 18 (1904), 38-42.


H. Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a list of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100 (Tempe, 2001) no. 151.


On item II. 2, K. M. Fredborg, 'Universal grammar according to some twelfth century grammarians', Historiographia Linguistica 7 (1980), 69-84, and Margaret Gibson, 'The early scholastic Glosule to Priscian's Instituitones grammaticae: the text and its influence', Studi Medievali, 3rd series 20 (1979), 235-54.


Item III. 3, S. Ebbesen (ed.), Anonymi Aurelianensis I commentarium in Sophisticos Elenchos (Copenhagen, 1979), copy in St John's College Library, and Irène Rosièr, 'Evolution des notions d' equivocatio et univocatio au XIIe siecle' in Irène Rosièr, Jacqueline Cerquiglini et al. (eds), L'Ambiguite: cinq etudes historiques (Lille, 1988), 103-66, particularly 144, n. 54 and 159-60.