Collation Models

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    Collation Model for Oversize Ms. Codex 1081: De consolatione philosophiae [manuscript].
    (2022-07-27) Porter, Dot
    Philosophical dialogue in five books between a narrator and Lady Philosophy which deals with ideas of fate, fortune, and the relationship between free will and divine omniscience, and which was one of the most important philosophical texts of the medieval period, includes marginal notations drawn from Nicholas Trivet; and a list of books in a personal library being taken to Salamanca (f.86v).
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    Collation Model for Ms. Codex 236: [Biblia sacra manuscripta].
    (2022-11-08) Porter, Dot
    Vulgate Bible with prologues by Jerome and illuminations. The biblical text is prefaced by the Interpretationes nominum hebraicorum (f. 2r-27r), attributed to Jerome in the Middle Ages, and the apocryphal Prayer of Manasseh (f. 27v), attributed to Solomon in its rubric. The Prayer of Manasseh more commonly appeared at the end of 2 Chronicles, where in this Bible a rubric (f. 163r) directs the reader to the prayer's location. The biblical text is followed by a calendar of the Church year (f. 400v-401v), a missal (f. 402v-420v), including the ordinary from the canon through the communion and propers for Sundays and feasts throughout the year, and a breviary (f. 421r-458v), with nine lessons for major feasts, so not for a monastic context. The manuscript also includes a table of Epistle and Gospel incipits (f. 460r-462v), which is a later addition.
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    Collation Model for Ms. Codex 107: [Cartulary]
    (2022-07-01) Porter, Dot
    Collation model of a cartulary of the monastery of San Andrés de Fanlo in Aragon (Spain). Ms. Codex 107 contains 13th-century copies of documents that date between the 10th century and the 1250s. The documents cover a wide variety of topics, including wills, donations, royal endowments, regulations governing vineyards (some leased by Jews), inheritances, etc. In general, the documents deal with the economic life of the community ruled by the monastery.
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    Collation Model for Ms. Codex 1077: [Alexander] ...[etc.]
    (2022-09-08) Porter, Dot
    A German poem in rhymed couplets on the life of Alexander the Great, based on the Latin prose work Historia de preliis, by Archipresbyter Leo. The second work in the codex, Grisardis, is a prose narration of the Griselda legend, a moralistic tale about a virtuous prince (margrave) and a humble maiden, here named Grisardis; Erhart Gross's tale is an adaptation of the version of the story related in the last novella of Boccaccio's Decameron (La novella di Griselda). This manuscript of Grisardis was formerly attributed to Albrecht von Eyb. The third work in the codex, Eurialus und Lucretia, is Niklas von Wyle's German translation of the tale of the two lovers Eurialus and Lucretia (De duobus amantibus), composed in Latin by Pope Pius II (Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini).
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    Collation Model for Oversize Ms. Codex 76: De sacramentis ... [etc.]
    (2022-08-26) Porter, Dot
    Text of De sacramentis by Guillermus Parisiensis (f. 1r-229v), followed by De poenitentia, by the same author (f. 230r-257v, with a register on f. 258r-260v); De interdictis, etc., by Georg Pfeuffer (f. 261r-307r); and two works on the Waldensians, Tractatus contra errores Waldenses (Cum dormirent homines), by Peter Zwicker (f. 308r-345v), and Refutatio errorum (f. 345v-362r).
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    Collation Model for Ms. Codex 1248: [Liturgical miscellany].
    (2022-07-27) Porter, Dot
    Miniature manuscript of music and prayers from a monastic context. The manuscript has a pedagogical slant, beginning with the seven tones and some of the ordinary chants (Kyrie, Gloria, Ite missa est) written out repeatedly in different tones. It ends with a diagram of a Guidonian hand, a tool attributed to the 11th-century musical theorist Guido d'Arezzo and used in the 12th through 16th centuries for teaching sight-singing, and a ladder diagram of the gamut. Most of the content of the manuscript consists of brief chants for the liturgical cycle, with more extensive chants for Holy Week, including part of the Lamentations of Jeremiah (f. 54v-58r), and for the Office of and Mass for the Dead (Officium defunctorum, Missa pro defunctoris). The only antiphons indicated from the sanctoral cycle are for the Finding of the Holy Cross (May 3, f. 30r) and the Apparition of Saint Michael (May 8, f. 30v). Beginning of musical notation (primus tonus, secundus tonus) now lacking, perhaps 1-2 leaves; a catchword on the last leaf of musical notation suggests that at least one more gathering is missing between the last two. The musical notation is followed by prayers to Saint Michael, Saint Helena, and Saint Katherine of Alexandria, and a number of prayers for the death and burial of different categories of people, including priests, parents, and members of the order, with brief rubrics.
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    Collation Model for Ms. Codex 1156: Epithome artis epistolaris ... [etc.] [manuscript].
    (2022-08-23) Porter, Dot
    Epithome artis epistolaris, the predominant work, is a treatise on rhetoric and letter writing based on authors and sources ranging from classical antiquity to the Renaissance. Rhegius draws strongly on Cicero, Quintilian, and Poliziano, but also references Aristotle, Plutarch, Pliny the Younger, Ovid, Juvenal, Terence, Vergil, Horace, Lucretius, Caesar, Livy, Augustine, passages from Psalms and Exodus, Albertus Magnus, Erasmus, Giorgio Valla, Ermolau Barbaro, Heinrich Bebel, Franciscus Niger, and Ulrich Zasius; many of these references are noted in the margins. The treatise explores the classical tenets of rhetoric, including inventio, dispositio, exordium, and elocutio; marginal annotations also make reference in Greek to various tools of rhetoric, including metaphor and periphrasis. Although the authorship of Epithome artis epistolaris was originally uncertain, it has been attributed to Urbanus Rhegius early in his career (Rhegius' name appears multiple times throughout the manuscript in both Hebrew and Roman letters: see f. 6r-v, 8v, 9r, 16v). The predominant work is preceded by an excerpt from a medieval comedic poem, several pages of which have been removed, and several brief writings concerning rhetoric and philosophy.
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    Collation Model for Oversize Ms. Codex 94: [Transaction dated July 4, 1447...]
    (2022-09-09) Porter, Dot
    Transaction relating to the disagreement between the clergy of the cathedral Church of Arles and the vicar Dr. Jean Albalet over administrative jurisdiction, especially of the "mensa communis," brought to terms by the intercession of the papal legate Cardinal de Foix. Written in Arles, France (f. 1r), 4 July 1447 (f. 1r).
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    Collation Model for Ms. Codex 1048: Comptes Adrien de le Borve
    (2022-09-22) Porter, Dot
    Accounts received from the provinces of Viane and Morbecque in Flanders. Written in Flanders, 1484-1485 (f. 2r).
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    Collation Model for Ms. Codex 1020: Lectiones ex[i]mi philosophi...
    (2023-03-28) Porter, Dot
    Lectures on the first, second, and fifth books of Aristotle's Physics.