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Composite manuscript including two texts, 15th century

Identifier: MS 70


Contains two texts in the same hand.

ff. 1r-91v: 'Commentum super Lamentationes Jeremie' (Commentary on the Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah), by Hugh of Saint Victor.

ff. 92r-183v: 'De Mistico Sompnio' (On the Dream of King Nebuchadnezzar), by Richard of Saint Victor.

The texts are described separately, under MS 70/ff. 1r-91v; and MS 70/ff. 92r-183v.


A good 15th century Gothic hand, uniform and well spaced.


Blue and red filigree initials, the two at the beginning of the sections being finely executed.


  • Creation: 15th century

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

The hand is a good example of late 15th century French or Flemish script, the penwork ornament in the initials suggesting Flemish provenance.

There is a note on the dates of Hugo and Richard of S. Victor on the fly-leaf in a 17th century hand. It reads "vixit Hugo de Ste. Victore A.D. 1130" and underneath, "Richardus de Ste. Vict. A.D. 1148 obiit". Beneath both of these is "Hugo Canonicus, Rich. monachus, Parisiensis". These notes mean, "Hugh of Saint Victor lived in A.D. 1130", "Richard of Saint Victor died A.D. 1148", and "Hugh was a canon, Richard a monk, in Paris".

On the first fly-leaf there is a signature, "J. Cam." in pencil, which is later than the Latin note on the dates of Hugh and Richard.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Hugonis de S. Victore Commentum Super Lamentationes Jeremie. Ricardi de S. Victore de Mistico Sompnio.

Previous reference

D. b. V. I.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum.

Binding: Modern brown calf, gold tooled, entitled 'Hugonis de S. Victore Commentum' upright on the outer cover spine. This volume has gilded edges to the text block. Note from the bookbinder from 1961 inserted on the back fly-leaf.

Collation: a8-z8=184.


14.29 cm x 9.53 cm


Secundo folio: Quia vix aliquem

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 184, 25 lines to a page.


Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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