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Algorism. Thomas Gray, Scala Chronica(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Algorismus. Scala Cronica
Codicology:Vellum, 318 x 190 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (12.25 x 7.6 in.), ff. 234 + 3, double columns of 44 lines. Cent. xiv, in a fine large clear hand.
Collation: a (three), 112-1912 (wants 4-9), 2012.
Provenance:On f. ir is a(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) mark.
Additions:On f. iiiv, this title very neatly written: Cronica Regum Anglie in gallico et incipt in 2o fo. in processu libri terminez fors. This is scribbled again below, and after that, erased: “Si dieu plet. A moy cest livre partient”
“G. vft . kyldare” (? G. vicomte Kyldare 1). Another erasure at top is only “Si mea penna valet etc” .
Additions:Pasted on f. ir is a paper with a quatrain (xvi):
“Otia cum fugeret studiosi cura Nigelli
Texuit ex uariis presentis scripta libelli
Quem superesse tibi uoluit post fata futurum
Nominis et meriti memorabile non moriturum” .
Writing:f. ir-iiir are in a small pointed hand of cent. xiv.
Research:This is the best copy of the Scala Chronica, which was edited in part by Stevenson for the Maitland Club in 1836. A translation has been recently published by Sir Herbert Maxwell, Bart.
Foliation: ff. a-b + i-iii + 1-234 + c-d(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Anglo-Norman, Latin and Middle English.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
iv-iiir
Algorism (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Algorismus
Ars subtilis computandi quae dicitur Algorismus (Content authored by Nasmith)
versibus Gallicis(Content authored by Nasmith)
Arabic digits in red
iv
Incipit:
Cest art algorism hom apele
Un art daconter bon et bele
Ends
iiir
Explicit:
Et le nombre quil primer imestez
Sus leueroi si bien le fiestez
iiir
Rubric:
Explicit ars subtilis computandi que dicitur Algorismus
iiir
Other rhymes in French and one in English follow on measures of length, of land, a puzzle, on addition etc., and (in prose) on notation
2.
1r-234v
Thomas Gray, Scala Chronica(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Scala Cronica
Scala cronica, incepta A. D. 1355, autore Thoma Gray (Content authored by Nasmith)
De autore hujus chronici dubitavit Cl. Tanner, et nihil certi attulit Lelandus, quod eo magis miror cum in prologo nomen suum etsi non disertis verbis, enigmatice tamen revelaverit, ut ipse innuit Lelandus, neque Oedipo opus est ad nodum solvendum; haec enim ipsius sunt verba, “Soit VIII [H] joynt apres XIX [T]: si mettez XII [M] apres XIIII [O], un [A] et XVIII [S] encountrez, soun propre nom en saverez: VII [G] a XVII [R] mettez, le premier vowel [A] au tierce [I] ajoignez, soune droit surnome entrouverez solunc l'alphabet.” Exhinc manifeste apparet autorem fuisse Thomam Graium Anglum, et ut ipse testatur apud Edinburgam captivum, ubi haec quae in quodam invenerat poemate, eadem lingua scilicet Gallica, soluta oratione contexuit. Continet historiam Angliae a mundo condito ad A. D. 1362.(Content authored by Nasmith)
Begins
1r
Incipit:
Ke eit delite ou voet sauoir coment le isle del grant Bretaigne
There is a very pretty border on three sides, of characteristic English work: and a nice decorative initial
Subsequent initials are on gold with ground of red and blue quarterly, patterned
Smaller initials on blue with red penwork
See an English version of the Preface in MS 119. 124(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Ends
234v
Explicit:
Cest matremoigne fust fait soulement par force damours qui toutz veint
1  Perhaps Gerald, 8th Earl of Kildare, succ. 1477