By Montague Rhodes James
M. R. James (1862-1936) is maybe most sensible remembered as a author of chilling ghost tales, yet he used to be an excellent pupil of medieval literature and palaeography, who served either as Provost of King's university, Cambridge, and as Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and plenty of of his tales replicate his educational historical past. His descriptive catalogues of manuscripts owned via schools, cathedrals and museums are nonetheless of worth to researchers this day. This quantity describes the McClean assortment, bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1904 by way of Frank McClean, a Victorian polymath who used to be a civil engineer through career but in addition pursued medical study and the gathering of antiquities, together with the 201 manuscripts and 230 early revealed books now within the Fitzwilliam Museum. The booklet is illustrated with 108 plates displaying folios from the gathering.
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The other initials are decorative. 11. BlBLIA. Vellum, iof x y\, ff. 341 + 2, double columns of 59 lines. Cent, xiii, in a beautiful delicate hand. Modern red morocco binding. Purchased from Quaritch, Jan. 6, 1902 (Catalogue no. 211, no. 44: also see Quaritch's Palaeography 1894, pi. 9). Collation: a2 (1 lining cover) i12 (wants 12) 212 (wants 1) $™_yn (wants 8) 812-i312 (wants 7) I412-2i12 (wants 6, 7) 2212 (wants 6, 7) 23 (wants 12) 2410 2512 (wants 7) 2612 2712 (wants 3, 4) 2812 29s (wants 8) 3012 b2 (2 lines cover).
Matheus cum primo . 435 Others as usual. Paul. Epp. Proll. a. Primum queritur. b. Romani sunt qui ex gentibus. Rom. 1 Cor. usual. 2 Cor. a. In secunda ad Cor. b. Post actam penitentiam. —Heb. have none. Laod. follows Philem. Acts. a. Canit psalmista. b. Lucas natione. Cath. Epp. a. Jacobus petrus etc. b. Non ita ordo. 1 Pet. Simon petrus filius. 2 Pet. none. 1 Joh. Rationem uerbi. , Jude none. Apoc. Johannes apostolus. Added. Prol. of Gilbert. Omnes qui pie. Interpretationes nominum (triple columns), Aaz—Zuzim.
Numero 1. DCCC. . 32 5] M C CLEAN COLLECTION. Inc. prol. in libro Ihesu filii Syrach f. 46 Multorum nobis—uitam agere. Expl. prol. Inc. liber Ecclesiasticus, good outline initial . . 46 b Headings in red capitals. Text ends with lux dei uestigium eius est. Amen. (1. 31) Expl. lib. Hiesu fili Syrach. Incipit eiusdem oratio ( = Ecclus. li) . . • 82 b Followed by Oratio Salomonis 83 b Et declinauit Salomon genua sua—et dixit (so far in red and black capitals) —si peccauerit uir in te. Expl. [added early: Panaretos idest liber Ihesu filii Sirach.