The Policraticus of John of Salisbury, bishop of Chartres, written by Salomon, Written after 1187 and before 1205 at Malmesbury by the monk Salomon
MS. Barlow 6
Held at the Weston Library
The Policraticus of John of Salisbury, bishop of Chartres, written by Salomon, a monk of Malmesbury abbey, with biographical notes of the author and a table of contents by Thomas Barlow (fol. iiv):
- Rubr. beg. 'Incipit Ioannis Saresberiensis entheticus in Policraticum', beg. 'Si michi credideris' (fol. 1)
- Prol. beg. 'Iocundissimus cum in multis' (fol. 2v)
- Text beg. 'Inter omnia que viris' (fol. 4v), with contemporary marginalia
- Colophon: 'Explicit Policraticus per Salamonem sub abbate Roberto ii° [de Meldon, 1187-1205]' (fol. 209)
- Followed by the 14th-cent. note: 'In hoc volumine continetur liber qui dicitur policraticon quem composuit Johannes Sar. qui olim fuit cum [sancto erased] Thoma Cantuariensi' (with later additions)
- Written after 1187 and before 1205 at Malmesbury by the monk Salomon
Language of Materials
MS. Barlow 6
Other Finding Aids
Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 6418
Fol. 209 has 'Richardus Ramsaeus possidet' (16th cent.) and fol. (rev.) 'Wyllyam Fittz' (16th cent.). On fol. 1 is Thomas Barlow's motto Aἰε'ν άριστεὑειν and the autograph inscription 'Liber Thomae Barlow è Coll. Reg. Oxon. socii, anno Christi MDCXXXIII'.
- This MS., of which MS. Barlow 48 is a transcript, was collated throughout as 'M' for the Oxford edition of the Policraticus by C. C. J. Webb in 1909 (q.v., vol. i, pp. xiv-xv).
On parchment, in double columns. Binding, stamped brown leather, late 17th-cent. English work, rebacked, illuminated
14 1/2 × 9 7/10 in.