The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark O.4.1
Manuscript Title

Alexander de Albano, De natura rerum

Alternative Title

Alex. Neckam De Naturis Rerum.

James Number 1232
Century 13th
Physical Description

Double columns of 38 lines. Finely written. Flourished initials in red and blue.


Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. Marked F. 5 [There is no number F. 5 in Gale's MS. Catalogue.] (F. 7. No. 267) and at top of f.1, No. 60.

From Barnwell Priory, just outside Cambridge. On the verso of the flyleaf in red is
Liber Ecclesie sancti Egidii de bernewelle (xiii).

On the verso of the 2nd flyleaf a xvth cent title
Alexander de naturis rerum.

Religious House Barnwell, Cambridgeshire, Augustinian Priory
Donor Gale, Roger (1672-1744), Antiquary
Size (cm) 35.5 x 25
Folio 169 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

2 flyleaves, 110-1710 (wants 10).

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The second flyleaf has a good deal of xiii-xivth cent. pencilwriting, seemingly a sermon.
f.1 Inc. opus magistri Alexandri de S. Albano de naturis rerum
Forma decens admiratione dignis.
See the Rolls edition, Neckam de naturis rerum ed. T. Wright.
f.28 Liber II.
f.81 Liber III. de uanitate humane fragilitatis
Superfluo detinerer labore.
This is the Exposition of Ecclesiastes, not printed by T. Wright.
Ends f.168: deo omnium bonorum largitori cui honor et gloria per infinita sec. sec. Amen.
On ff.169b, 170 in a very close and contracted hand of cent. xv are notabilia S. Thome super libros ethice.
f.170b is a good deal stained and very difficult to read. The notes go down to Lib. IV.


Carley, J. P., The Libraries of King Henry VIII, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 7 (London, 2000), H2.592

Ker, N. R., Medieval Libraries of Great Britain, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks 3, 2nd edn (London, 1964)

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