The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark R.17.4
Manuscript Title

Jerome, Opera

Alternative Title

Opera S. Hieronymi I.

James Number 990
Date Cent. xv (1477)
Century 15th
Physical Description

46 lines to a page. In a clear Roman hand, with pretty ornaments.


Given by Nevile. It is mentioned in the Register among his gifts as 'Hieronymi operum volumina duo' Written by T. Werken.

Religious House Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine Cathedral Priory (Christ Church)
Donor Neville [Nevile], Thomas (c. 1548–1615), College Head and Dean of Canterbury
Size (cm) 54.5 x 37
Folio 301 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

In quires of eight: the first leaf of quire 2 has been cut out.


The contents are:

1. Dedication to Paul II. copied from the edition of (Conrad and Arnold).

2. f.2 List of contents, viz. 121 tracts or letters, divided into two partes, of which the first is arranged in four tractatus according to subject-matter, the second in two tractatus

3. f.5 Life of Jerome
Plerosque nimirum illustrium uiros.

4. The text of Jerome begins on f.9 with the Expositio symboli ad Laurentium papam. The original f.9 has been cut out.
The last item in the volume is
f.300b Petri Pauli Vergerii sermo de laudibus Santi Hieronimi habitus in Anniversario Natalis eius

At the end of this is the scribe's signature
T. Werken, Anno domini 1477.

Other MSS. by this scribe exist at Balliol College, viz. no. 34 written at London in 1461, 66, 67A, 67B dated 1444, 127 dated 1450, 238 dated 1448, 287 dated 1450, 295 dated 1445. His full name is Theodericus Nycolaus Werken de Abbenbroeck.



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de la Mare, A. C., and L. Hellinga, 'The first book printed in Oxford : the Expositio symboli of Rufinus', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 7 (1977-80), 184-244

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