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MS 89: Composite manuscript including eight texts, 12th-14th century

Identifier: MS 89


Contains eight texts written in different hands (at least seven), and at different periods.

ff. 1r-63v: 'Salutatio' by Albuinus Eremita or Presbyter [De Virtutibus]

f. 63v: Verses and sentences

ff. 64r-82r: ‘Meditaciones’ by Pseudo-Bernard of Clairvaux [Meditatio]

f. 82v: Sermon

ff. 83r-88v: ‘Soliloquium de Arrha Animae’ by Hugh of Saint Victor

f. 89r: ‘De Spirituali Amicitia’ [incomplete] by Aelred of Rievaulx

ff. 90r-101v: ‘Legenda aura’ [incomplete] by Jacobus da Varagine

ff. 102r-117v: Sermons

The texts are described separately, under MS 89/ff. 1r-63v; MS 89/f. 63v; MS 89/ff. 64r-82r; MS 89/f. 82v; MS 89/ff. 83r-88v; MS 89/f. 89r; MS 89/ff. 90r-101v; MS 89/ff. 102r-117v.


Fair script, by several entirely different hands of different periods, with little ornament. The volume is very incomplete.


  • Creation: 12th-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

Probably this is an English manuscript. There are no marks of ownership, but it belonged to Lord Alva's library.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Salutatio Albini, Meditaciones Bernardi, etc.

Previous reference

D. b. IV. 17.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern. The title ‘SALUTATIO ALBINI. OPUSCULA VARIA. M.S.S. 13TH & 14TH CENTS.’ is stamped on the outer cover spine upright.

Collation: a8-g8, h7 (wants 1), i10, k10, l6, m12, n8, o8=117.


16.19 cm x 12.07 cm


Secundo folio: [pa]ciens est

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 117. The number of lines to a page varies throughout the manuscript. See individual sections for more details.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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