Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 013: Vincent of Beauvais OP, Speculum historiale, books 9-16
Vincentii Speculum Historiale. Libri IX-XVI
ff. 326 + 2
260 Height (mm) and 195 Width (mm)
[ca. 1200 - 1399]
From St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury. Uniform with MS 14, in which the provenance is marked. The first volume of the set is at St John's College (B.21). (Ancient Libraries, p. 518, no. 901-903).
Table of contents:
Speculum historiale, books 9-16
A luxury copy, dating from c. 1300, perhaps made in Paris, of the Speculum historiale, Books IX-XVI, by the Dominican, Vincent of Beauvais (1189/94-c. 1264), having fine illuminated initials and decorative borders. CCCC MSS 13 and 14 are vols. II and III of a three-volume set, of which volume I is Cambridge, St John's College MS B.21. It belonged to St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury. This is an encyclopaedia of history which was extremely popular in the Middle Ages, and exists in printed copies as late as the seventeenth century.