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MS 84: Composite manuscript including two texts, 15th century

Identifier: MS 84


Contains two texts, written in different hands.
ff. 1r-166r: 'De Perseverantia' by Maffeo Vegio [De Perseverantia Religionis]
ff. 167r-190v: 'Ad Stagirium a Daemonio Vexatum' by John Chrysostom
The texts are described separately, under MS 84/ff. 1r-166r and MS 84/ff. 167r-190v.
Writing The Vegius is written in a clear sloping italic hand which grows smaller at the end. The final treatises are in Gothic script. The vellum is very fine, and the hands both good, but many of the pages have suffered from damp and become almost illegible.
Illumination See individual descriptions for more details.


  • 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

A semi-erased inscription on f. 191 gives the provenance. Iste [liber] est monasterii Sancti [. . .] in [. . .] quem donavit nobis dominus Bartolomeus Rovarell[ensis] Archiepiscopus Ravennensis. This may have been written by the hand which wrote the second part. The name of the monastery and the place are totally erased. Bartholomew of Rovarella was born at Rovigo in 1406, Bishop of Adria 1444, Archbishop of Ravenna 1445, Priest of S. Clement 1461, died at Rome 1476. Its later history is unknown. According to the Sale Catalogue entry pasted in the volume, it was sold for £2, 12s. 6d., whether to Laing or to an earlier owner is not clear.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Maphei Vegii de Perseverantia. Tractatus Johannis Chrysostomi.

Previous reference

Laing 57.


This manuscript is mentioned on p. 21 of Kristeller, Paul Oskar. Iter Italicum : [Accedunt Alia Itinera] ; a Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and Other Libraries / Vol.4 (Alia Itinera II), Great Britain to Spain. Warburg Institute ; Brill, 1989.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum.

Binding: Modern. The title 'Vegii Maphei de Perseverantia Membranaceo secolo xv.' is lettered on a paper label on the outer cover spine upright.

Collation: a10-r10, s12, t10=192.


21.59 cm x 14.61 cm


Secundo folio: sexum imbeccilliorem
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 192. The number of lines to a page varies throughout the manuscript. See individual descriptions for more details.

Repository Details

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