Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, etc. IE TCD MS 631. Part 2, folios 22 to 90 Public Deposited
- IE TCD MS 631
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- Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
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- Date Created
- [between approximately 1563-1610]
- Physical extent
- 69 folios ; 21 x 15 cm.
- IE TCD MS 631, Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, etc., is a composite manuscript consisting of four parts that were produced separately in England, written between the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This second part, folios 22-90 (images 051-188), contains a collection of scientific and astrological texts: Folio 22: List of Roman consulships: C. Iulius C.F.C.N. Cæsar. / M. Calpurnius Biblius [two lines bracketed] - C. Iulius C.F.C.N. Cæsar. V.I.P. Cornelius Dolabella / M. Antonius M.F.M.N. [two lines bracketed]. Folio 22v: Geomantic figures with Latin names and descriptions for use in divination: 'In geomantia sunt 254 questiones'. Figures presented in four groupings, labelled as follows: Octo figure bonae; Octo male inferiores; figure exeuntes; Intrantes. Folios 23-27: Excerpts relating to the preparation of pigments, in three parts: (a) 23-24: Heraclius (attributed), De coloribus et artibus Romanorum (Book 1, chapters 2-7) in verse: Flores in uarios qui uult mutare colores - facies ursi cum dente fricari. Excerpt begins with title, 'Clauicula Mappae / De fluribus ad scribendum' (H. Roosen-Runge (ed.), 'Farbgebung und Technik frühmittelalterlicher Buchmalerei: Studien zu den Traktaten 'Mappae Clavicula' und 'Heraclius'' (Munich, 1967); M.P. Merrifield (ed.), 'Original Treatises Dating from the XIIth to XVIIIth Centuries on the Arts of Painting' 1, (London, 1849), 185-191; L. Thorndike and P. Kibre, 'A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin', second edition, Mediaeval Academy of America, (Cambridge, MA, 1963), 566). (b) 24-26v: Heraclius (attributed), De coloribus et artibus Romanorum (Book 2 onwards) in prose: Rogatus a te, frater A., de hedera dicam - De azure. Accipe uas uitreum' retrahe eum. Excerpt begins with title, 'De colore qui et auripigmento similis' (J.C. Richards, 'A New Manuscript of Heraclius', in 'Speculum', 15, no. 3 (1940), 255-371: 263-267; Merrifield, o.c., 199). (c) 26v-27: Mappae clavicula (excerpt of opening text), in prose: Si uis facere uermiculum, accipe ampullum uitream - De minio albo et rubro. Sic fac minium album et rubrum. Accipe plumbeas tabulas - refrigeratum sit dimitte. Explicit expliceat, ludere scriptor eat. Added by scribe: Cornu combure et quod ex eo adustum fuerit - colorem auri habebit (T. Phillipps, 'Letter from Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., F.R.S., F.S.A., addressed to Albert Way, Esq., Director, communicating a transcript of a MS. Treatise on the preparation of Pigments, and on various processes of the Decorative Arts practised during the Middle Ages, written in the twelfth century, and entitled Mappæ Clavicula', in 'Archaeologia', 32, issue 1 (1847), 183-244: 187-188; C.S. Smith and J.G. Hawthorne, 'Mappae Clavicula: A Little Key to the World of Medieval Techniques', Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (1974) [occupies whole issue]; L. Thorndike and P. Kibre, 'A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin', 1470). Folios 27v-29: Astrological tables for use in divination: 27v, table of the 28 lunar mansions; and 28r-v, tables of responses headed by lunar mansion. Folios 29v-90v: Hugo of Santalla, Super artem geomantie (C.H. Haskins (ed.), 'Studies in the History of Mediaeval Science', (Cambridge, MA, 1927), 77-79 (prologue text); F.J. Carmody, 'Arabic Astronomical and Astrological Sciences in Latin Translation', (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1956), 172-173; L. Thorndike and P. Kibre, 'A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin', 127, 1350). Prologue, 29v-30v: Rerum opifex dominus sine exemplo condidit uniuersa - experimentis usitata. Main text, 30v-90v: Arenam limpidissimam a nemine conculcatam - Additio. Addendus est de questio<ne>. Ending imperfect, part of leaf torn away resulting in fragmentary lines and loss of text. Layout: Single column, c20-34 lines. Script in part 2: later 16th-century secretary hand with list of Roman consulships in Italic script. Collation analysis: full collation analysis not possible, except for the first part (folios 1-21) where quire signatures present as follows: A (1), B (9), C (17) and D (21). Watermarks: part 2, folios 22-90, features watermark of jug with flowers surmounted by quatrefoil, resembling Briquet nos. 12660-71.
- In Latin, English, and Old English.
- Former shelfmarks: Lyon: E.5.19 ; Bernard: 301; Foley: [G.6]; c1670: [H.1.3]
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- This description was adapted (2021) from the following sources: T.K. Abbott, 'Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin' (Dublin, 1900), no. 631; M.L. Colker, 'Trinity College Library Dublin Descriptive Catalogue of the Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts' (Aldershot, 1991), no. 631; J. Roberts and A.G. Watson, 'John Dee's Library Catalogue' (London, 1990), no. DM17; J. Scattergood, with N. Pattwell and E. Williams, 'Trinity College Library Dublin: A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Middle English and Some Old English' (Dublin, 2021), 324-25. For IE TCD MS 631, see J. Ingram (ed.), 'The Saxon Chronicle' (London, 1823) xxi-xxii; B. Thorpe, 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle' 1, Rolls Series, (London, 1861), xx; W. O'Sullivan, 'Ussher as a Collector of Manuscripts', in 'Hermathena' no. 88 (1956), 39; A. Lutz, 'Die version G der angelsachcischen Cronik: Rekonstruction und Edition' (Munich, 1981); J. Roberts and A.G. Watson, 'John Dee's Library Catalogue' (London, 1990) item no. DM17 on 161, 245; J. Scattergood, with N. Pattwell and E. Williams, 'Trinity College Library Dublin: A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Middle English and Some Old English' (Dublin, 2021), 324-25.
- Finding aid
- Manuscripts & Archives Research Library's catalogue entry for the original manuscript: https://manuscripts.catalogue.tcd.ie/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=IE+TCD+MS+631&pos=1
- The first part of IE TCD MS 631 was copied by lawyer and antiquarian William Lambarde (1536-1601), between 1563 and 9 April 1564, and was later acquired by James Ussher, archbishop of Armagh and primate of All Ireland (r. 1625-1656) as evidenced by inscription in his own hand (21) and mention of the text in a letter from jurist John Selden (1584-1654) to Ussher, dated 14 September 1625: 'I have returned the Saxon annals again, as you desired, with this suit, that if you have more of them (for these are very slight ones)' (C.R. Elrington (ed.), 'The Whole Works of the Most Reverend James Ussher, D.D.', vol. 15 (Dublin, 1864), Letter XCVIII, p. 302). The third part of the manuscript is dated 7 August 1574 and was copied at Mortlake, home of astronomer and antiquarian John Dee (1527-1608/09) and features corrections in his own hand throughout and autograph signature (100). The compiled manuscript does not feature the shelfmark of Ussher's library, but likely entered the collections through the gift of the library by King Charles II to Trinity College Dublin in 1661.
- This digitisation work was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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- paper (fiber product)
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, etc. IE TCD MS 631. Part 2, folios 22 to 90
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