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MSS. Radcliffe Trust



Introduction

A collection of miscellaneous manuscripts, ranging in date from the 13th to 20th century, acquired by the Radcliffe Library, Oxford (i.e. the independent library which originally occupied the Radcliffe Camera, under the governance of the Radcliffe Trustees). Most of the manuscripts became the property of the Bodleian by decree of Chancery in 1932; others were given by the Radcliffe Trustees between 1935 and 1938.

References to all six medieval manuscripts were included (as an anomaly, but for the sake of completeness) in M. Clapinson & T. D. Rogers, Summary catalogue of post-medieval Western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford: acquisitions 1916-1975 (SC 37300-55936), 3 vols., Oxford 1991, nos. 51839-44 (cited below as New Summary Catalogue).


Shelfmark MS. Radcliffe Trust d. 2
Summary Catalogue no. New Summary Catalogue 51841; more detailed description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Pompeius Festus, De significatione verborum.
Language Latin
Origin Italian
Date 15th century, middle
Material paper

Decoration
Good initial, border. Humanistic script. (P&A ii. 946)
Three- to four-line initials with penwork.
fol. 1r
Type initial L
Subject Five-line initial on gold background; floral decorations extending into the left margin.

Provenance

Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford; Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), MS. 8287; Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1832-1917), keeper of the University Museum; transferred from the Radcliffe Science Library, 1928

Shelfmark MS. Radcliffe Trust d. 5
Summary Catalogue no. New Summary Catalogue 51842; more detailed description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Henricus Amici and Johannes Burgeon, 'Regimen preseruativum ab iniqua ualitudine gutte'.
Language Latin
Origin French (?)
Date 15th century, middle
Material paper

Shelfmark MS. Radcliffe Trust d. 60
Summary Catalogue no. New Summary Catalogue 51839
Summary of contents Avicenna, Canon (books 1, 2, 4, 5), tr. Gerard of Cremona.
Language Latin
Origin Italian
Date 13th century, second half
Material parchment

Decoration
Illuminated and penwork initials.

Provenance

Rodel ? (bookplate); transferred in 1982

Shelfmark MS. Radcliffe Trust e. 4
Summary Catalogue no. New Summary Catalogue 51843
Summary of contents Collection of medical recipes.
Language English, Norman French, Latin
Origin English
Date 15th century, second half
Material parchment
Bibliography
1997
The Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist XII, Smaller Bodleian collections: English miscellaneous, English poetry, English theology, Finch, Latin theology, Lyell, Radcliffe Trust, ed. Ralph Hanna III, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1997, pp. xxviii, 26

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R

Shelfmark MS. Radcliffe Trust e. 30
Summary Catalogue no. New Summary Catalogue 51844; more detailed description unpublished, only available in Library
Composite two parts
Summary of contents Treatise on diet and astrology ('Gouernayle of helth'). || Treatise on astrology ('The wisest boke of philosophie and astronomye').
Language English
Origin English
Date 15th century, second half || 16th century, first half
Material parchment

Provenance

'J. O. Halliwell no. 14' and 'Bibl. Hall. 48' with stamp, Halliwell cat. of 1840, nos. 38, 39; Sotheby's 27 June 1840, lot 116; transferred from Radcliffe Science Library, 1935
Bibliography
1997
The Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist XII, Smaller Bodleian collections: English miscellaneous, English poetry, English theology, Finch, Latin theology, Lyell, Radcliffe Trust, ed. Ralph Hanna III, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1997, pp. xi, xxviii, 26-7

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R

Shelfmark MS. Radcliffe Trust f. 1
Summary Catalogue no. New Summary Catalogue 51840; more detailed description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Roger of Salerno, Chirurgia (start lost). Etc.
Language Latin
Origin English
Date 14th century
Material parchment

Decoration
Plain red initials. Spaces left for rubrics and initials.

Provenance

J. O. Halliwell, 'Lib.MS.Bib.Hall. no.203'; Sotheby's 27 June 1840, lot 6; transferred from the Radcliffe Science Library, 1928


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