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MS 80: Composite manuscript including six texts, early 14th century

Identifier: MS 80


Contains six texts, written in several different hands.

ff. 1r-6r: 'De Copia Verborum' by Seneca.

ff. 6r-9v: Extracts of Terence, Seneca, Plautus, and Tullius.

ff. 10r-150v: 'Summa de Vitiis'

ff. 151r-170r: 'Sermones Dominicales fratris Johannis Aurelianis quondam cancellarii Parysiensis'

ff. 170r-210v: 'Sermones Dominicales Fratris Ferrarii ordinis fratrum predicatorum regentis in theologia'

ff. 211r-233v: 'Sermones super Beatitudines'

The texts are described separately, under MS 80/ff. 1r-6r; MS 80/ff. 6r-9v; MS 80/ff. 10r-150v; MS 80/ff. 151r-170r; MS 80/ff. 170r-210v; and MS 80/ff. 211r-233v.


There are at least three different hands, all of the early 14th century. A singularly beautiful court hand (ff. 1r-9v); another court hand, but of a more ordinary type (ff. 9v-104r, 115r-150v, 223r-234v); and a Gothic script (ff. 104v-114v, 151r-222v). There are fairly good filigree initials. The volume has suffered at the beginning from mice.


  • Creation: early 14th 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 script, especially that of the first few pages, resembles French work more than English. There is a 15th century inscription, Liber Sancte Marie de Kynlos, but it is unlikely that it was written at Kinloss Abbey originally. There are no later marks.

Previous reference

D. b. IV. 11.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Distinctiones libri Senece de copia verborum,etc. Summa de Vitus. Sermones.


This manuscript is mentioned on p. 294 of Bloomfield, Morton. “A Preliminary List of Incipits of Latin Works on the Virtues and Vices, Mainly of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries.” Traditio, vol. 11, 1955, p. 259-379.


Material: Vellum.

Binding: Modern. The titles 'SENECAE LIBER DE COPIA VERBORUM', 'SUMMA DE VITIIS', 'SERMONES', and 'SAEC. XIV' are stamped on the outer cover spine upright.

Collation: a9, b10, c14, d20, e12-t12=233.


18.42 cm x 13.34 cm


Secundo folio: quod inviti

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 234. Partly in double columns, 32-37 lines to a page, partly single, 29-31 lines to a page.


Repository Details

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