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Volume of historical and literary works, 13th century, written in England in the early 14th century.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.4.9

Scope and Contents

Sections iv-vii are in the same hand. Folios 33 verso-34 verso are blank. There are a few pen drawings of faces in the margins.

Fragments of a 13th-century contents list from a collection of sermons have been used as binding strips; other fragments from the same source are in Adv.MS.18.2.4 and 18.4.5.


  • Creation: 14th century.


1 Volumes (xxxii (paper) + 60 folios.)

Language of Materials



Collation: 1-2¹², 3¹⁰, 4-5⁸, 6¹⁰. Remains of catchwords parallel to the text on folios 12 and 42. 2 columns in sections ii and iv-viii.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Vellum. English binding of brown sheepskin with blind fillets and two brass clasps, circa 1640 (rebacked).

Custodial History

The volume, bound with Adv.MS.18.4.5, belonged to Henry Savile of Banke, 1563-1617, and is 52 (d-i) in the catalogue of his library published by J P Gilson in ‘Transactions of the Bibliographical Society’ ix, 126 and what follows; cf. also ’The Manuscripts of Henry Savile of Banke’, page 28. The ex-libris of Sir James Balfour is on folios ii and 1, dated 1630 (Denmilne number 6 on folio i). Former press-mark: A.5.1. The volume was bought by the Advocates’ Library in 1698.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.


‘Transactions of the Bibliographical Society’ ix (1908).

Watson, A G. ‘Manuscripts of Henry Savile of Banke’ (London, 1969).

Physical Description

0.00 linear metresxxxii (paper) + 60 folios.180.00 x 263.00 millimetres


180.00 x 263.00 millimetres

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