By Montague Rhodes James
M. R. James (1862-1936) is maybe top remembered as a author of chilling ghost tales, yet he was once a superb pupil of medieval literature and palaeography, who served either as Provost of King's collage, Cambridge, and as Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and lots of of his tales mirror his educational heritage. His descriptive catalogues of manuscripts owned by means of faculties, cathedrals and museums are nonetheless of worth to researchers this day. This quantity describes the McClean assortment, bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1904 via Frank McClean, a Victorian polymath who was once a civil engineer via occupation but in addition pursued medical study and the gathering of antiquities, together with the 201 manuscripts and 230 early revealed books now within the Fitzwilliam Museum. The e-book is illustrated with 108 plates displaying folios from the gathering.
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Italian (Morimund), 12th—13th century. (ff. 7b\ 91); Sulpitius Severus (f. 62); English, 12th century. Petrus Alphonsus (ff. 31, 6o b ); English, late 12th century. Gulielmus de S. Amore (f. 7o b ); German, dated 1303. Bestiary, etc. (ff. 31, 39, 4o b ); English, late 13th century. Apocalypse, etc. (ff. 72, io3 b ); „ Legende dore'e (f. 3, reduced); French, 14th century. Life of St Katherine (f. 11) ; English, 15th century. Doctrine of the Heart, etc. (f. ii7 b , reduced); English, 15th century.
Inc. prefa. lib. Iosue Benun que latine Iesus naue nuncupatus . 119 Tandem finita pente tuco. Hiesus naue typum domini. Text 119* Ends 135*. Expl. lib. Iosue Benun. Inc. capit. lib. Iudicum (18). Inc. vii. idest iudicum . . . . . 136 t [Added. ] On 151a, in the rough hand seen on 25 £: ferunt • ofir • confexe • cimbae. The original hand ends 152 b on xxi. 8. Israel qui non ascendit ad dominum in maspha. The supplement continues, et ecce inuenti sunt . . Finishes Judges and adds Ruth, ending 154 a, verso blank.
In a larger hand : The poem known as Ovidius de Mirabilibus mundi 1 . IACVLVS. Hie serpens uentis pernicior atque sagittis Transfigit quosque iaculatus ab arbore sese. The name of the animal or other object described is in capitals in the margin. Ends 119 a Hanc quasi permodicam grippes uehit ungue rapinam GRIPPES • 1. f. 2 3b 39* 39 b 40 58 59 107 b 113 £ 116 b EQVVS. This last line is repeated in another hand. ngb is blank. 1 I do not find any notice of a printed edition of this poem : other copies are at Trinity College, Dublin (D.