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Name: Boethius, De Consolatione Philosophiae - Boèce, De La Consolation de Philosophie

Repository: University of Sydney Library

Settlement: Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
De Consolatione Philosophiae
De La Consolation de Philosophie

Library ref: MS. Nicholson 7

Acquisition: Sir Charles Nicholson's family presented the volume in 1924

Binding: 19c. by Polwarth, being calf with marbled pattern. Covers bear three gilt fillets with one leaf spray in each corner. Spine repaired, sprays gilt, lettering in blind BOETHIUS / LATINE / ET / GALLICE / M.S. / IN / MEMBRANIS.

Catchwords: catchwords agree

Collation: (8)1-10 (4)11; Ar. marbled, Bv., 3r., 84v., Cr.-Dr. are blank, Dv. marbled


Condition: Edges cut and gilded. Worm-holes in folios 1-6, 80-4 without loss of text.

Deco desc: red rubrics and fill-ins; initials alternately red with blue penwork and blue with red penwork.

Dimensions: 258 x 208 mm

Extent: iv + 84


Hand desc: French littera cursiva formata


Layout: one col. of 32-4 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: K. V. Sinclair, 'Notice d'un manuscrit méconnu de Boèce conservé à Sydney', Scriptorium, Vol.XVII (1963), pp.130-2; Exhibition, p.11, no.9.

Music notation:

Note: Henry Drury (1778-1841) owned this MS and MS Sinclair 223

Orig date: s. xv1

Orig place:


Provenance: 83v. carries an interesting note in a 15c. littera gothica textualis formata: 'Frater alexander huius monasterii humilis abbas dedit conuentui hunc librum boetii de consolatione philosophie in metro prosa et gallico una cum libris sequentibus uidelicet libro uocato le pelerin continente tres libros partiales Primum scilicet de peregrinatione humane nature Secundum de peregrinatione anime Et tertium de peregrinatione saluatoris nostri ihesu christi [N109] Librum etiam magistri iohannis iarceon[N110] doctoris in theologia et cancellarii ecclesie parisiensis de quibusdam necessario sciendis ad salutem consequendam[N111] Simul cum libro domicelle edicto[N112] a magistro ricardo de flauigneyo sacre theologie professore conuentus diuionis cordigero.[N113] Orate pro eo.'; 1r. has '126' by a 16c. hand; Br. carries the autograph note 'H. Drury.[N114] Harrow, 1819. c.3.1. Boetius Latine et Gallice. MS. in membranis. bd by Polwarth.[N115] in Red ink with illuminated (sic) Letters very fairly written in the Old French hand'; Av. has a note in pencil summarizing the preceding remarks; inside front and back covers is the armorial book-plate of Sir Charles Nicholson, Bart. [N109] These are the three long didactic poems by Guillaume de Digulleville OCist., Le Plerinage de la Vie Humaine, Le Plerinage de l'Ame, Le Plerinage de Jesus-Christ. Adaptations in English of the first two are to be found in a codex at the State Library of Victoria, see below item no.217. [N110] Jean Gerson (1363-1429), celebrated French theologian, mystic, scholar and preacher, Chancellor of the University of Paris. [N111] Doubtless the Declaratio ueritatum quae credendae sunt de necessitate salutis, cf. Joannis Gersonii Opera Omnia, L. E. Du Pin (ed.), 5 vols, Antwerp 1706, Vol.I, cols 22-8. [N112] MS. has edco. [N113] 'Cordigerus' = 'Franciscanus'. [N114] Joseph Thomas Drury (1778-1841), bibliophile, Master of the Lower School at Harrow and an original member of the Roxburghe Club. [N115] This is the well-known John Polwarth Junior (d.1856) who was active as a book binder in Queen's Row, Pimlico between 1808 and 1831, cf. E. Howe, A List of London Bookbinders 1648-1815, London 1950, p.77.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 105


Signatures: gatherings numbered 1-11 in modern pencil on the recto of the first sheet of each quire.

Support: vellum, fly leaves i-iv modern paper


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