He does not cite instances which (coupled with the large script, and position of the words)
incline me to believe that Tanner is in the
right, and that the inscription means that Walter of Coventry
presented the book to the library of his monastery and was not the author of it. Instances
of such inscriptions are:
University Library Ee. 5. 11. Astronomical Tables etc.
Memoriale J. Wilton
Ff. 4. 31.
in Matthaeum. Memoriale fr.
doctoris conuentus Carmelitarum oxonie.
Gg. 2. 18.
Legenda Aurea. Memoriale fr. Joh. de Drayton
monachi cuius anime
Lambeth MS. 160. Polychronica. Memoriale fr. Willelmi broscumbe
magistri. K. ij.
Lambeth MS. 215. Athanasius
de trinitate. Memoriale de Lanthonia
The third of these
examples, oddly enough, Tanner was inclined to interpret as an ascription of authorship. He
had not seen that the work was the well-known Golden Legend of Jacobus
. The list might readily be enlarged, but I have thought the examples
cited sufficient to show that the formula is an accustomed one for expressing a donation on
the part of the person named