Medieval Manuscripts at the Folger

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For a 2019/2020 class project, students described medieval manuscript fragments at the Folger.

For details about the Macro Manuscripts, containing three of the surviving morality plays written in English before 1500, see the Macro Manuscripts page.

Digitized medieval manuscripts

During the Folger's construction project (2020-2023), a selection of twenty-nine pre-modern manuscripts were placed on deposit at the University of Pennsylvania's Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts in Philadelphia. During the 2021-2022 academic year, these items were given enhanced metadata by staff at Penn's Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS), were digitized by staff at Penn's Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI), and were added to the Folger Shakespeare Library collection in OPenn, Penn's open access repository for primary digital resources. (These digital images will also be added to the Folger Shakespeare Library's own digital image library at a future date. Please use the digitized copies in OPenn for now.)

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V.a.76 Catalog record Gesta Romanorum manuscript, ca. 1450. (England, ca. 1450) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.77 Catalog record Gesta inclita Tyrii Appollonii regis (ca. 1450, England, perhaps early 15th century.) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.82 Catalog record Elegiae (compiled ca. 1500, Italy, late 15th century.) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.83 Catalog record De arte amandi manuscript, ca. 1400? / Ovidius. (Italy, Italy, late 14th century (de Ricci); ca. 1400?) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.84 Catalog record Appollogeticus ... etc. manuscript, 1504. (England, Written in London, 1504, by Peter Meghen of Bois-le-Duc, Brabant, for Christopher Urswick, dean of Windsor and King Henry the VII's almoner; 1504) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.88 Catalog record Selected works of Cicero manuscript, ca. 1465. (Italy, ca. 1460 (de Ricci)) A selection of shorter works by Marcus Tullius Cicero, alongside his translation of Plato's Timaeus Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.102 Catalog record Latinae linguae elegantiarum compendium ... etc. manuscript, ca. 1455. (Italy, Text was copied by Cristoforo Schioppo of Verona, and probably produced in Italy, near the end of the 15th century; ca. 1455) An exemplar of a classically inspired “modern” text on Latin grammar, Agostino Dati’s Elegantiolae (here falsely attributed to the rhetorician Lorenzo Valla) is introduced by a pen-and-ink stele with the name of the presumed author of the text inscribed in Roman capitals Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.106 Catalog record Ad Herennium rhetorica manuscript, 15th century / Marcii Tullii Ciceronis. (Italy, Spain, or France, Probably copied in Italy in the 15th century, perhaps for Gundisalvus de Bivero, bishop of Salamanca, who gave it as a gift (de Ricci). Could also be Spanish or French; 15th century) Copy of the Rhetorica ad Herennium, probably copied in Italy for Gundisalvus de Bivero, bishop of Salamanca Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.107 Catalog record Phaedrum ... etc. manuscript, ca. 1460. (Italy ca. 1460 (de Ricci)) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.108 Catalog record Satyrae ... etc. manuscript, ca. 15th century. (Italy, Transcribed by Paulus Botini de Gotelengo in Italy during the late 15th century. Scribe's name is written on leaf 1r; late 15th century) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.111 Catalog record Vita Alexandri Magni, libri 3-10 manuscript, 14th or 15th century. (Italy, 14th or 15th century) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.112 Catalog record De officiis ... etc. manuscript, 15th century. (Italy, According to de Ricci copied in Italy in the 15th century, but the blue initials suggest England; 15th century) Miscellany of Marcus Tullius Cicero's treatises and pseudonymous orations Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.113 Catalog record Super historiam Ihierosolymitanam ... etc. manuscript, ca. 1420. (Flanders or Italy, Possibly of Flemish or Italian origin; ca. 1420) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.167 Catalog record On the art of speaking ... etc. manuscript, ca. 1450. (Unknown, ca. 1450) A workaday fifteenth-century manuscript; contains a treatise on the art of rhetoric and includes Ceolfrith of Wearmouth’s letter on the computation of Easter addressed to King Nechtan, excerpted from Bede the Venerable’s early-eighth-century Ecclesiastical History Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.228 Catalog record Hore beate Marie virginis secundum usum Sarum manuscript, ca. 1500. (Northern Europe (Ghent, Flanders according to de Ricci; France, possibly Rouen according to Pen's excellencie; N. German or Netherlands provenance according to Hecksher on catalog card); ca. 1500) A Book of Hours for the use of Sarum, produced in the low countries for the English market and profusely illustrated with historiated initials. Unlike many other books of hours used in England, it has not had its prayer to Thomas Beckett crossed out or erased, in defiance of the order given in 1538 by Henry VIII to obliterate images and texts associated with Beckett. Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.256 Catalog record A collection of statutes of the realm manuscript, compiled ca. 1325. (England, Written in English in beginning of 14th century; ca. 1325) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.257 Catalog record Liber Sancti Effrem ... etc. manuscript, compiled ca. 1425. (England, ca. 1425) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.a.543 Catalog record Ad Herennium rhetorica manuscript, 15th century / Marcii Tullii Ciceronis. (Italy, Spain, or France, Probably copied in Italy in the 15th century, perhaps for Gundisalvus de Bivero, bishop of Salamanca, who gave it as a gift (de Ricci). Could also be Spanish or French; 15th century) Copy of Marcus Tullius Cicero's Rhetorica ad Herennium, probably copied in Italy for Gundisalvus de Bivero, bishop of Salamanca Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.b.29 Catalog record De confessione amantis manuscript, ca. mid-15th century. (Written in England in mid-15th century) John Gower's Confessio Amantis in a later 15th-century copy on parchment. Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.b.31 Catalog record Ethimologiarum manuscript, 13th century / secundum Isydori episcopi Hispalensis. (Written in England, probably Oxford, 13th century) A portion of a 13th-century copy of Isidore of Seville's Etymologies Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.b.32 Catalog record Physica ... etc. manuscript, ca. 1300? (Likely of French origin, written in early 14th century) A copy of Aristotle's Physica, about a century after its translation into Latin. Accompanied by various pseudo-Aristotelean treatises and a translation of Avicenna's work on geology. Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.b.40 Catalog record De vita XII Caesarum manuscript, ca. 1470? / C. Suetonii Tranquilli. (Written in Italy, ca. 1470 (De Ricci)) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.b.42 Catalog record Commentary on the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX manuscript, ca. 1475? (Germany late 15th century, according to De Ricci; circa 1475?) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.b.106 Catalog record Chronicle of England, known as The Brut manuscript, ca. 1440. (Written in England around 1440) A recension of the popular Chronicle of England, known as The Brut on account of its retelling of the legendary foundation of England by Brutus, son of Aeneas Browse online TEI XML Data folder
V.b.236 Catalog record The book called Handelyng off synne, 1303 manuscript, copy of ca. 1400. (England, no later than 1403) A rare copy of Robert Mannyng’s Handlyng Synne Browse online TEI XML Data folder
X.d.506 (1) Catalog record Decretals of Gregory IX (fragment) manuscript, ca. 1250. (Probably written in France, ca. 1250) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
X.d.506 (2) Catalog record Decretals of Gregory IX (fragment) manuscript, ca. 1250. (Probably written in France, ca. 1250) Browse online TEI XML Data folder
X.d.512 Catalog record Decretum (fragment) manuscript, ca. 1250. (Europe, ca. 1250) Browse online TEI XML Data folder