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The Policraticus of John of Salisbury, bishop of Chartres, written by Salomon, Written after 1187 and before 1205 at Malmesbury by the monk Salomon

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MS. Barlow 6

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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):
  1. Rubr. beg. 'Incipit Ioannis Saresberiensis entheticus in Policraticum', beg. 'Si michi credideris' (fol. 1)
  2. Prol. beg. 'Iocundissimus cum in multis' (fol. 2v)
  3. Text beg. 'Inter omnia que viris' (fol. 4v), with contemporary marginalia
  4. Colophon: 'Explicit Policraticus per Salamonem sub abbate Roberto ii° [de Meldon, 1187-1205]' (fol. 209)
  5. 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)

Dates

  • Written after 1187 and before 1205 at Malmesbury by the monk Salomon

Extent

210 Leaves

Language of Materials

Latin

Shelfmark

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

Custodial History

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'.

Bibliography

  • 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).

Physical Facet

On parchment, in double columns. Binding, stamped brown leather, late 17th-cent. English work, rebacked, illuminated

Dimensions

14 1/2 × 9 7/10 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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