The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark R.16.4
Manuscript Title

Alexander de Albano, De natura rerum

Alternative Title

Alexander Neckam De Naturis Rerum

James Number 952
Century 12th
Physical Description

Double columns of 35 lines. Finely written: initials in green and red.


Given by Whitgift.

From Oseney Abbey. On f.1 of text is an inscription of cent. xv, partly cut off: Liber sancte marie de Oseneye quem emit do. Thomas Abbas Hokenorton. And on f.1 is: Liber Guylelmi fforresti de Thama. See B.1.18, B.1.19. Very possibly those two volumes also came from Oseney.

Second Folio igitur dicitur
Religious House Osney, Oxfordshire, Augustinian Abbey
Donor Whitgift, John (1530/31?–1604), Archbishop of Canterbury, Master of Trinity
Size (cm) 31.5 x 23.5
Folio 240 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

I8-XV8 (8 canc.) II. XVI8-XXX8.

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1. Capitula.
2. f.4(1) Inc. opus magistri Alexandri de S. Albano de naturis rerum.
Forma decens admiratione dignis.
Lib. II. ends f.116a: the verso is blank.
Lib. III. f.117 Inc. expositio magistri A. super librum ecclesiasten. Proemium
Superfluo detinerer labore.
The hand changes here.
The chapter on the penitence of Solomon is not in this copy.
Ends -per infinita sec. sec. Amen (f.237a).
On f.237b are some verses in a different hand (28).
Exceptiuam actionem uerbum patris excipit
Dum deludit rationem, dum naturam decipit.
On the incarnation: ending
Nostrum uergit in defectum sol ortus in uirgine
In defectum dans effectum · lumen in caligine.
Then is written (xiv)
Notabilitates libri tercii, but nothing follows.


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

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