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A fragment of Bede's De Temporum Ratione in the Public Record Office

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A manuscript fragment containing part of ch. 47 of Bede's De Temporum Ratione has recently been identified in the State Papers Supplementary in the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane (London), where it has the reference SP 46/125, fol. 302 (see pl. I).1 It was added to the volume in which it is now to be found in June 1925, on the authority of C. S. B. Buckland, an Assistant Keeper of the Public Records, but no information appears to have survived about its source.

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1 See Descriptive List of State Papers Supplementary (SP 46) Part I: General Papers to 1603, List and Index Soc. 9 (London, 1966), 230Google Scholar: ‘A leaf of an astronomical work written in Latin. Written across it in a later hand is, apparently, the title The Castle of Memory [G. Grataroli]’.

2 On Anglo-Saxon square minuscule script see Bishop, T. A. M., ‘An Early Example of the Square Minuscule’, Trans. of the Cambridge Bibliographical Soc. 4 (19641968), 246–52;Google Scholaridem, English Cursive Minuscule (Oxford, 1971). P. 3;Google ScholarParkes, M. B., ‘The Palaeography of the Parker Manuscript of the Chronicle, Laws and Sedulius, and Historiography at Winchester in the Late Ninth and Tenth Centuries’, ASE 5 (1976), 149–71, at 156–61;Google Scholar ‘A Fragment of an Early-Tenth-Century Anglo-Saxon Manuscript and its Significance’, below, pp. 129–40; and Dumville, D. N., ‘The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Origins of English Square Minuscule Script’, Anglia (forthcoming).Google Scholar

3 See discussion by M. B. Parkes, below, p. 131, n. 8.

4 See Lowe, E. A., Codices Latini Antiquiores, 12 vols. and suppl. (Oxford, 19341972) ix, no. 1233.Google Scholar

5 See Baker, P. S., ‘Byrhtferth's Enchiridion and the Computus in Oxford, St John's College 17’, ASE 10 (1982), 123–42, at 125–6.Google Scholar

6 Jones, C. W., Bedae Opera de Tcmporibuj (Cambridge, Mass., 1943), esp. pp. 140–61.Google Scholar

7 The manuscripts in question are: Cologne, Dombibliothek 103 (Cologne, s. ixm); London, British Library, Cotton Vespasian B. vi, fols. 1–103 (N. France, s. ixmed); and Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm. 14725 (Regensburg, s. ix1).

8 Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, lat. 7296 (s. ix1); the reading is also found in Salisbury, Cathedral Library 138.

9 Pollard, A. W. and Redgrave, G. R., A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland 1475–1640 (London, 1926; repr. 1946), nos. 12191–2.Google Scholar

10 The four copies in the British Library measure 118 × 76 × 7/8 mm (1562 ed.), 122×78×8mm (1563 ed.), 135 × 91 × 8 mm (1573 ed.) and 140×91 × 7 mm (1573 ed.). I am grateful to Dr E. J. Duthie for this information.

11 I am grateful to Dr R. M. Ball for identifying the fragment and drawing it to my attention. My thanks are also due to Professor T. J. Brown and Dr A. G. Watson for helpful comments and suggestions.

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