[Commonplace Book of homiletic and canonistic texts]
Possibly France, early 16th century.
Saddlebag binding: long and narrow, meant to fit into a saddlebag (carried by an itinerant preacher), blind-stamped, brown calf over wooden boards, decorated "in the French manner" with a broad rectangular frame surrounding vertical strips of roll-tooling; paper label pasted on spine written: SERMONES.
Purchase; Ifan Kyrle Fletcher; May, 1960.
377 leaves (1 column, 32-56 lines), bound : paper, vellum, ill. ; 199 x 68 mm.
17th-century inscription on fol. 2: F[ra]t[rum] minorum recollectorum conventus Flexis catalogo inscriptus, probably the Recollect Friars of Flexia in the town of La Fleche on the Loire in the Dept. of Sarthe; inside front cover, pasted down, a sliver of printed catalogue entry:S. Cyrilli Sermones, MS, on vellum and paper; purchased from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher, London, in May, 1960.
Ms. commonplace book, written in France? ca. 1500-1510. The first and last quires are of vellum and the remaining leaves (361 folios) are of paper.
The manuscript is a miscellany of homiletic and canonistic texts and citations from the Fathers of the Church and later authors, such as Alexander of Hales, Bonaventure, Gratian, and Thomas Aquinas.