Various manuscripts written or owned by Thomas Ruddiman. Edit




  • 4th quarter of 17th century-1st half of 18th century. (Creation)


  • 6 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    The manuscripts are lettered RA-RK (RC missing) and some also have Roman numerals.

  • Physical Description

    The covers of MSS.20491-20493 consist of fragments of twelfth-century manuscript of St. Augustine, 'De civitate Dei': MS.20492 has the top half of a folio containing book 12, chapters 17-20; MS.20493 has the top half of the next folio containing book 12, chapters 20(2)-23; two folios are then missing; and MS.20491 has the whole of the next folio, folded in half, containing book 13, chapters 7-11 (parchment; ruling in ink; 2 columns; 45 lines; 380 x 235 millimetres, text area 318 x 190 millimetres, 17 millimetres between columns). These three volumes also have as inner covers leaves from printed books, and in MS.20494 such a leaf is the only cover; that in MS.20491 is the lower half of a leaf from a religious text; those of MSS.20492-20494 are respectively a leaf, the lower half of a leaf, and a leaf (174) from a legal text in two columns with surrounding gloss; both books date from the fifteenth or beginning of the sixteenth century.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1948, by Miss Sylvia Steuart, a direct descendant of Ruddiman, in continuation of previous gifts.