RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 195
Extentff. 2 + 181
TitlePRISCIANI I-XVI
Date12th century
DescriptionOn ii b are some pencil notes.

Prisciani grammatica . . . . . f. 1
Cum omnis eloquentie doctrinam
A very fine initial. The letter in gold of rather poor quality.
Ground blue with bits of red: filled with conventional foliage
mainly in green, in which is a man in green and gold robe on a
chair writing in a blank book. It is good English work.
The text of Lib. I., Philosophi diffiniunt, f. 2, has a magnificent
initial in outline, with Celtic knots in the stem, drawn with
wonderful precision and delicacy. A most notable piece of work.
The Greek is not well rendered in the text.
Lib. II. Outline initial, small but excellent, washed with green, 12b.
On 15a and 15b are two more good outline initials: the second has
two birds. Lib. III., f. 24, IV. 32, initial washed with red.
V. 39b, VI. 52b, coarse initial. VII. 69b, large coarse initial on
f. 70. Change of hand at 74b. Outline initial on 87b. VIII. 88,
coarse outline initials. The hands vary at and after 97. IX. 110.
At the end of this occurs the first rubric in the book: Expl. artis
Gramatici Preciani viri eloquentissimi cesariensis doctoris urbis
rome lib. viiii. Inc. lib. x. de preterito perfecto. Coarse initial
with horned head at top . . . . . 124
The end of the text of X. is on a slip after 138.
XI. A fine initial by the artist of the first, in gold and colour with
an excellent dragon. The first scribe resumes here . . . . . 139
XII. Outline initial, 147. XIII. 154. XIV. Outline initial coarse, 161.
Change of hand at 167. XV. 171b. Large outline initial with
bird. After 178b, several hands, smaller, fill the remaining leaves.
XVI. 179.
Ends: astra nec ignes nec lucidus ethra Siderea polus (complete):
verso blank.
FindingAidsCatalogue description based on M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932)
PhysicalDescriptionVellum, 11 x 6 1/2, 33-34 lines to a page, excellently written, by several scribes: good ornaments.
Calf binding, pr. 2s.
Collation: a(2) I(8)-vii(8) viii(6) ix(8)-xvii(8) xviii(4) (+ slip) xix(8)-xxi(8) xxii(2) xxiii(8) xxiv(10) (wants 9).
CustodialHistoryFrom Lanthony. On i a is (erased): Morganus canon. de Kermerd, and in the same hand: In hoc vol. cont. priscianus magnus [not identified in the catalogue]. At the top of f. 1 in a large hand is a line partly erased:
. . . . . . . [dono] Gauf.' Men.' epi'.
This is Geoffrey de Hennelawe, Prior of Lanthony, who succeeded Giraldus Cambrensis in the see of S. David's in 1203 and died in 1214.

Sheldon catalogue (Lambeth Palace Library LR/F/5, LR/F/6, MS 1047) shelfmark: P. 6
Former Cambridge shelfmark: L. [zeta]. 8 (see published catalogue by M. R. James and Concordance IV in N. R. Ker, 'Archbishop Sancroft's Rearrangement of the Manuscripts of Lambeth Palace', in E. G. W. Bill, 'A Catalogue of Manuscripts in Lambeth Palace Library MSS. 1222-1860', Oxford, 1972).
Later shelfmark: quarto 43
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Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1275

Available from World Microfilms Publications:
"Lambeth Palace Library: The Mediaeval Manuscripts" Section IV. Humanistic Studies. Reel 15 (with MSS. 188, 194)

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PublnNoteK. Bennett, "The Book Collections of Llanthony Priory from Foundation until Dissolution (c. 1100-1538)", Thesis submitted for the degree of Ph.D. in the School of History at the University of Kent (2007) [Lambeth Palace Library H5183.1L52].

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Related name records
CodeNameDates
GB/109/18667Geoffrey of Henlaw (fl. 1189-1214); Bishop of St. David'sfl. 1189-1214
GB/109/16742Llanthony Secunda Priory; 1136-1539; Augustinian religious house1136-1539
GB/109/18810Morgan of Carmarthen (fl. 15th century); Augustinian canonfl. 15th century
GB/109/18866Priscian (fl. 490s-510s); Latin grammarianfl. 490s-510s
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