Corpus Christi College, MS 22


Produced: England, 12th, 14th century
Location: Corpus Christi College (University of Cambridge), Cambridge, England, UK
Type: Miscellany
Family: First; B-Is
Language: Latin
Folios: 181
Illustrated: Yes
Dimensions: Height: 37 cm Width: 25.5 cm
Folio 162r


Contains two works by Isidore of Seville (Etymologies and Synonyma) on folio 1r-161v, and a bestiary on folio 162r-169r.

I. 14th century, 3 columns to a page. Tabula super Isidori eymologias (folio i). Primus liber Ysidori habet ca. 28. Ends folio xxb. Expl. Tabula Ysidori.

II. 12th century, double columns. Isidori Etymologiae (P. L. LXXXII) (folio 1)

Inc. Epistole Ysidori ad Braulionem. Five letters, the last ending conditor huius codicis disputauit. Handsome initial in blue, green and red. Each book has a similar one. Initials of chapters are mostly in plain colour, red and green and white. Lib. XX ends folio 161a ignis ardore siccetur. No colophon.

A Bestiary. The first leaf gone (folio 162). Begins in the section de Vulpe, followed by Est animal quod dicitur monocheros latine uero unicornis. The last section (Est arbor que dicitur mandragora in partibus orientis) ends statim a demonio deuoratus est et periit.

There are illustrations in the text in outline, washed with colour: no backgrounds: the execution rough but effective.

[Adapted from A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Corpus Christi College, M.R. James, 1912]

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