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MS 83: Composite manuscript including three texts by Albertanus of Brescia, 15th century

Identifier: MS 83


Contains three texts by Albertanus of Brescia, all three in the same hand.
ff. 1r-67v: 'De amore et dilectione Dei et proximi et aliarum rerum et de forma vitae' by Albertanus of Brescia.
ff. 67v-77r: 'De doctrina dicendi et tacendi' by Albertanus of Brescia.
ff. 77r-112r: 'Liber consolationis et consilii' by Albertanus of Brescia.
The text are described separately, under MS 83/ff. 1r-67v; MS 83/ff. 67v-77r; and MS 83/ff. 77r-112r.
Writing The hand is good. The ornament consists of filigree initials and rubrics.
Illumination The first page has an illuminated initial with a complete border in the English 15th century style.


  • 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

Both script and illumination are English. Two entries, one on the fourth fly-leaf at the beginning and the other on f. 112, give 16th century owners: Constat iste liber domino Thome Wem[m]e [?] clerico ex dono Johannis Harys quondam Bristollie vicecomitis. Dominus statitm dirigat deus et anime propitietur. f. 112: Orate pro anima Johannis Haris quondam ville Bristollie vicecomitis qui dedit hunc librum domino Thome Wem[m]e [much erased]. One John Harryes was sheriff of the town and county of Bristol in 1505-6. Thomas Wemme I am unable to trace. There is another entry on the third fly-leaf at the end: Johannis Sheperdi Katheryn vedo [?] de parochia Counsbury [Congresbury, Somerset, still pronounced thus], and on the recto of the same leaf as the first entry: Andreas Carre est hajus libri legittime possessor; Master Lane After my harty [. . .]. On the verso of the first fly-leaf at the end there is a cipher. It reads: 'For Wallter Wayte in Andever this bocke belouengeth and I charge you in the quinse name to delevr hime with oute fayell. Pour Wallter Wayght en Endever cest libure soit delib[ere] & je vous charge an la...' All these entries are of the 16th century, but later than the first two. A Walter Wayte is mentioned in 3 legal documents around 1600 as bailiff of Andover. All the other names seem to belong to Somerset. Finally we find the record of its gift to the Library inscribed in William Henderson's hand: Liber Bibliothecae Edinburgenae Ex dono Caroli Gray mercatoris Edinensis. The gift of Charles Gray, merchant in Edinburg 1684.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Opera Albertani Causidici Brixiensis

Previous reference

D. b. IV. 14.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum.

Binding: Modern. The title 'LIBER SANCTAE AGATHAE COMPL. ALBERTANUS CAUSIDICUS 1246 M.S.' is stamped on the outer cover spine upright.

Collation: a8-o8=112.


23.81 cm x 16.19 cm


Secundo folio: aliena pudenter
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 112 (+8 vellum fly-leaves), double columns, 31 lines to page.

Repository Details

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