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The manuscripts of the final version of the Speculum Historiale

Key


He* - Corresponding books in the printed edition of the Douai version of the Speculum Historiale, Douai, 1624; I - Additional information on the speculum text as present in the manuscript, or on other texts present in the manuscript, or on material damage; D - Date of the manuscript; P - Country, region or place of production; if available, information on the scribe(s) of the manuscript; O - Medieval and pre-modern owners of the manuscript; L - Hyperlink to digital facsimiles of the manuscript; R - Reference to manuscripts listed in other parts of the inventory, with which this manuscript at the time of its production constituted a set of volumes. Manuscripts that have been collected into a set by a single medieval collector (library) within several decades, are indicated with cf.


He: Speculum Historiale, Douai version


120 manuscripts of the Douai version of the Speculum Historiale (He) have been identified. 7 out of them contain elements of other versions.

  • Arras, Médiathèque municipale, 566, vol. 2, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He1

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: Northern France

    • O: Arras, cl. Saint Vaast O.S.B.

    • L: Digital facsimile.

    • R: Hd1


  • Auxerre, Bibliothèque municipale, 92, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 94, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He2

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: cl. Pontigny O.Cist. (Auxerre 92: Liber beate Marie Pontigniaci. S. Edmundus)

    • R: cf. He3


  • Auxerre, Bibliothèque municipale, 93, books IX-XVI,44 (He* VIII-XV,44)

    • Siglum: He3

    • I: Due to loss of leaves, the text is incomplete.

    • D: 13th century

    • P: France

    • O: cl. Pontigny O.Cist.

    • R: cf. He2


  • Barcelona, Biblioteca de la Catedral, Cod. 95, books I-VIII,62 (He* I-VII,62)

    • Siglum: He4

    • I: Due to loss of leaves, the text is incomplete.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?


  • Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz, lat. fol. 75, books XXIII-XXXII (He* XXII-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He5

    • D: 1st half of 14th century

    • P: Western Germany

    • O: cl. St. Pauli O.P. at Magdeburg; since 1683/85, via the Dombibliothek at Magdeburg, kept in the Churfürstliche Bibliothek in Cölln an der Spree; since 1701 in the Königliche Bibliothek at Berlin

    • R: Nc1 and Nx27


  • Bern, Burgerbibliothek, 18, books XXVII,99-XXXII,99 (He* XXVI,99-XXXI,99)

    • Siglum: He6

    • I: The manuscript is a miscellany of several texts; fols. 1-123 are the remnant of a volume of He.

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: France ?

    • O: J. Bongars


  • Bern, Burgerbibliothek, 40, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He7

    • D: 1313 (fol. 326r: Correctum die sabbati post epiphaniam. anno gratie. m. ccc. xiijo deo gratias).

    • P: France (Paris ?)

    • O: ?


  • Bruges, Bibliotheek van het Groot-Seminarie, 160/4, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: He8

    • D: 1481 (Et eum finiuit atque compleuit anno domini millesimo quadringentesimo octogesimo primo, ipso die beatissimi patris nostri Benedicti).

    • P: Flanders, cl. Ter Doest, by Michael of Sluis (Hunc librum scripsit frater Michael, f[ilius] Ryquardi, oriundus de Slusa, conuersus huius monasterii de Capella Thosan).

    • O: cl. Ter Doest O.Cist.

    • L: A few monochrome images are available for consultation in the databases of KIK-IRPA at Brussels.


  • Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, 118, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He9

    • D: 14th century

    • P: Northern France

    • O: ?


  • Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, 9146, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 9147, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 9148-50, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); 9151, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He10

    • D: ms. 9146: 1448-1450 (fol. 1r: Inceptum feria VIa hora infra IXa et Xa de mane ipso die sancti thome archiepiscopi cantuariensis anno XIIIIc XLVIIIuo; fol. 208v: Presens uolumen fuit scriptum et completum anno domini millesimo quadringentesimo quinquagesimo Qui fuit annus decimus quintus administrationis unerabilis patris domni henrici del cherauz huius monasterii sancti Laurentii prope leodium abbatis xxviti …, and: Explicit in die sabbati ultima februarii hora quasi tercia post prandium anno domini moccccolmo); ms. 9147; 1450-1453 (at fols. 1r and 260v similar notes as in ms. 9146, now having the dates 1450 resp. 1453); ms. 9148-50: middle of 15th century; ms. 9151: middle of 15th century.

    • P: Belgium (Liège, cl. St. Laurent O.S.B. – ms. 9146, fol. 208v: … per fratrem quendam eiusdem monasterii monachum, cuius nomen sit scriptum in libro uite. Amen).

    • O: Liège, cl. St. Laurent O.S.B.

    • R: cf. Na1


  • Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, 9330, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He11

    • D: 1453

    • P: Belgium (Huy) by the priest Johannes Vinchin, commissioned by the priest Walther de Horion (fol. 232v: Ego iohannes uinchin presbiter licet indignus scripsi ac compleui hoc presens uolumen Anno domini mo ccccmo.liijo. Decima die mensis Nouembris in domo inhabitationis mee uidelicet in domo Capelle sancti Jacobi apostoli supra portam Ad instantiam honorabilis uiri Magistri Waltheri de horion presbiteri Capellani in ecclesia beate marie uirginis hoyensis, qui soluit precium pro sciptura …).

    • O: Huy, Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (fol. 1r: Conuentus Cruciferorum huiensium; fol. 232v: … et pertinet hoc uolumen conuentui religiosorum fratrum sancte crucis hoyensis).


  • Burgos, Biblioteca de la Catedral, 8, books XXIV-XXXI,127 (He* XXIV-XXXI,127)

    • Siglum: He13

    • I: The text is incomplete, due to loss of leaves.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France ?

    • O: Burgos, Cathedral ?


  • Cambridge, St John's College, B.21, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 13, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 14, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He14

    • D: ca. 1310

    • P: France (Paris)

    • O: Donated to Canterbury, cl. St. Augustine O.S.B. by Abbott Thomas Fyndon (1283-1310) (notes at a flyleaf in front of ms. St John's College B.21: Liber Thome abbatis and Primum uolumen speculi historialis D. Thome Abbatis, and on the first flyleaf of Corpus Christi College 14: Liber Thome Abbatis. Tertium uolumen speculi historialis. D. Th. Abbatis); Matthew Parker, fellow of Corpus Christi College and archbishop of Canterbury 1559-1575.

    • L: Digital facsimiles of manuscripts CCC 13 and CCC 14. A few images are available from manuscript B.21.


  • Cambridge, University Library, Ff.III.22, books I-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: He15

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: Northern France

    • O: ?


  • Cava dei Tirreni, Badia della S. Trinità, 25, books I-XVI (He* I-XV); 26, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He16

    • D: Ms. 25: 1320 (fol. 1r: … Sub anno domini Millesimo trecentesimo vicesimo, quarte Indictionis); ms. 26: ca. 1320.

    • P: Italy (Cava), commissioned by Philippus de Haya, abbott of Cava (ms. 25, fol. 1r: … Quod scribi fecit frater Phylippus de haya, Abbas Monasterii cauensis …).

    • O: cl. Cava O.S.B.

    • L: Unsharp image of ms. 25, fol. 3r


  • Chalon-sur-Saône, Bibliothèque municipale, 31, books VIII-XV,82 (He* VIII-XV,82)

    • Siglum: He17

    • I: This is a miscellany volume; fols. 1-218 offer He VIII-XV,82, the rest of book XV is missing; fols. 219-220 contain a life of Saint Elisabeth (De sancta Elysabeth); attached to this is a copy of Platina Bartholomaeus' Vitae summorum Pontificum printed by Anton Koberger, Nuremberg 1481.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France (Paris ?)

    • O: Hugo Durand, Carmelite at Chalon (2nd half 16e century, to which several owner's marks testify; Chalon, cl. O. Carm.


  • Douai, Bibliothèque municipale, 797, vol. 2, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); vol. 3, books XVII-XXIII (He* XVI-XXII); vol. 4, books XXIV-XXXII (He* XXIII-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He18

    • D: early 14th century

    • P: Northern France

    • O: cl. Marchiennes O.S.B.

    • L: A selection of color images is available for consultation in the Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes at Paris.

    • R: Hd7


  • Dublin, Trinity College, 188, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He19

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: 15th-century owner's mark at fol. 305r: thomas browne of Inissnak; John Bale ?


  • Durham, Dean and Chapter Library, B.I.32, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He20

    • D: 1448 (fol. 336r: Anno domini 1448 hunc librum fecit fieri Johannes Estby uicarius de Bannebury Anima cuius in pace christi requiescat Amen).

    • P: England ? (fol. 158r: Explicit tercium volumen speculi historialis. Per manum Willelmi P.S.).

    • O: Commissioned by Johannes Estby; donated to the Chapter Library O.S.B. of Durham by Johannes Aukland, prior at Durham 1484-1494 (fol. 1r: Iste liber assignatur nouo armariolo in Claustro Dunelmensis Ecclesie per Venerabilem Priorem Johannem Aukland Priorem ejusdem Ecclesie).


  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Biblioteca del Real Monasterio San Lorenzo, Lat. e.I.14, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); Lat. e.I.15, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); Lat. e.I.16, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He21

    • D: end 14th century

    • P: Low Countries ?

    • O: Hoogstraten, Duke Antoine de Lalaing; since circa 1570 kept at the Biblioteca del Real Monasterio San Lorenzo.


  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Biblioteca del Real Monasterio San Lorenzo, Lat. O.I.2, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); Lat. O.I.4, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He22

    • I: Lat. O.I.2: fols. 1r-73v present a part of Jean Hautfuney's Tabula alphabetica to the Speculum Historiale; the Libellus Apologeticus lacks chapters 1-4 and part of 5.

    • D: Lat. O.I.2: middle 14th century; Lat. O.I.4: 1342 (fol. 209r: Opus istud est completum die martis in vigilia beati dyonisii martiris. Anno domini Millesimo CCC.o quadragesimo secundo).

    • P: France; the Tabula alphabetica in ms. Lat. O.I.2 copied by Herveus de Knascolloc (f. 73v: Explicit tabula speculi hystorialis per manum Heruei de Knascolloc clerici)

    • O: Library of the Conde-Duque de Olivares.

    • R: cf. He23 ?


  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Biblioteca del Real Monasterio San Lorenzo, Lat. O.I.3, books XVII-XXIX (He* XVI-XXVIII)

    • Siglum: He23

    • D: 14th century;

    • P: ?

    • O: Library of the Conde-Duque de Olivares.

    • R: cf. He22 ?


  • Florence, Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Fiesole 142, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He24

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France ?

    • O: Fiesole, cl. S. Bartolomeo O.S.B., since 1439 cl. Can. S.Aug.; Biblioteca Medicea; since last quarter of the 18th century kept at the Biblioteca Laurenziana.

    • R: cf. Mo2 en Mo3


  • Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, Cod. Mem. in fol. 758, books I-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: He106

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?


  • Göttweig, Stiftsbibliothek, 404 (359), books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 404 (360), books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He25

    • D: ms. 404 (359): 1459 (fol. 70r: Expliciunt capitula totius operis speculi historialis finita per me V.F. feria quarta ante Martini proxima. [sic] Anno etc. 1459); ms. 404 (360): 1463 (fol. 353r: Finita est ista tertia pars hystorialis Vincentii in speculo prima die mensis Aprilis Anno domini Millesimo quadringentesimo sexagesimotertio).

    • P: Austria; ms. 404 (359) copied by Ulricus Fürleger (fol. 442v: Explicit prima pars libri octavi etc. finitum est hoc opus per me Ulricus Fürleger).

    • O: Purchased by Andreas Dachsperger (ms. 404 (359), fol. 442v: Et comparauit honorabilis dominus Andreas Dachsperger tunc temporis plebanus necnon dignus decanus in Alburgk. In vigilia S. Wenzeslai Anno etc. LIX (cf. He53), possibly by order of cl. Aggsbach, O.Carth.; the back cover of ms. 404 (359) has the note Christophorus … jure tenet hunc librum 1581; ms. 404 (360), fol. 2r: I.S. Fr. Sixtus Laurentius … 81; cl. Göttweig O.S.B., possibly since 1782.


  • Gotha, Forschungsbibliothek Schloss Friedenstein, Memb. I 89, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He26

    • I: This is probably a copy of ms. He78 (dated 1267).

    • D: 14th century, (with the conflicting colofon at fol. 415v: Finito libro reddatur gratia Christo, anno Domini MoCCoLXo septimo in uigilia Penthecostes).

    • P: France

    • O: fol. 415v has the 16th century owner's mark Ce liure apartient Monseigneur Vrban Fremon….


  • Halle (Saale), Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, (Stolb.-Wernig.) Za 85 (1), books I-IX (He* I-VIII); (Stolb.-Wernig.) Za 85 (2), books X-XVI (He* IX-XV); (Stolb.-Wernig.) Za 85 (3), books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); (Stolb.-Wernig.) Za 85 (4), books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He27

    • D: 15th century

    • P: Northern Germany, copied by Hermannus Haghen de Hildensem (possibly by order of the Georgskloster at Erfurt).

    • O: Erfurt, cl. Salvatorberg O.Carth. before the end of the 15th century; possibly since1803 kept at Wernigerode, Gräflich Stolbergische Bibliothek.


  • Klosterneuburg, Chorherrenstift, 129, books XII-XVI (He* XI-XV)

    • Siglum: He28

    • D: ca. 1421

    • P: Austria (Klosterneuburg)

    • O: In 1421 acquired by cl. Klosterneuburg Can. S.Aug. according to a statement in ms. Klosterneuburg 625A (Liber oblationum et anniversariorum), fol. 6r, at March 14: Nicolaus de Tulna, Anne uxoris sue [!], dominus Ludwicus presbiter (by a second hand: olim decanus huius monasterii] et canonicus frater noster cum aliis filiis suis dederunt xii talenta pro quibus comparati sunt duo libri speculi Vincencii anno domini mo etc. xxio.

    • R: Hcb2


  • Lambach, Stiftsbibliothek, 9, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He29

    • D: middle 15th century

    • P: Southern Germany

    • O: Johannes Faustus ?; donated by Oswaldus Eysentaler, vicarius at Scherding, to cl. Lambach O.S.B., following a note at the innerside of the front cover.

    • R: Ha9


  • Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Voss. Lat. F.22, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: He30

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France (Paris region)

    • O: Melch. Thevenot; Is. Vossius; Ger. Vossius.

    • L: A monochrome image of fol. 1v, showing the beginning of book IX.


  • Leipzig, Universitätsbibliothek, 1311, books I-XVI (He* I-XV); 1312, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He31

    • D: first quarter 14th century

    • P: Northern Italy

    • O: cl. Altzelle O.Cist. (owner's marks Liber Veteris Celle Sancte Marie in ms. 1311, fols. 1v-2r, 110v-111r and 239v-240r; as well as in ms. 1312, fols. 106v-107r, 238v-239r, and Liber Celle Sancte Marie at fols. 2v-3r); since 1543 kept at the University Library Leipzig (Bibliotheca Paulina).


  • Liège, Bibliothèque générale de l'université 60 E, books I-XVI (He* I-XV); 61 E, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He32

    • D: 60 E: 1350; 61 E: 1352

    • P: Belgium (Sint-Truiden); copied by Willem de Dycka, by order of Johannes de Myrle, dean of the abbey of Sint-Truiden.

    • O: cl. St. Truiden O.S.B.

    • L: Digital facsimile of 60 E and 61 E.


  • Lilienfeld, Cistercienserstift, 61, books VIII-XVI (changed into VI-XIV) (He* VII-XV); 62, books XV-XXII (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He33

    • I: A later hand adapted the booknumbering following that of the version Hb.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: Austria

    • O: cl. Lilienfeld O.Cist.


  • Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal,, Il. 125, books I-XVIII ? (He* I-XVII ?)

    • Siglum: He34

    • I: It seems that books VIII-XIII are missing; the manuscript needs further analysis.

    • D: end 13th century

    • P: France

    • O: René d'Anjou ?; donated in 1797 by Dom Fr. Manuel do Cenáculo, Bishop of Beja and Archbishop of Évora.

    • L: Digital facsimile of the full manuscript.


  • Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal,, Il. 126, books III,3-XVI (He* II,3-XV ?)

    • Siglum: He35

    • I: The first quire is missing; 9 leaves with historiated initals have been cut out; 3 of these leaves are kept in Lisbon, the remainig 6 entered into a private collection in New Mexico (USA).

    • D: 15th century

    • P: France (Angers, "Maître de Jouvenel des Ursins"); by order of René d'Anjou ?

    • O: In 1481, Charles III d'Anjou bequeathed the manuscript to cl. S. Maria Magdalena O.P. in St. Maximin; the manuscript was sold during the first quarter of the 17th century; it is unknown when the manuscript was incorporated into the Biblioteca Nacional.

    • L: Digital facsimile of the full manuscript.


  • Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Il. 127, books XXV,5-XXIX (He* XXIV,5-XXVIII)

    • Siglum: He36

    • D: early 15th century

    • P: Low Countries ?

    • O: ?

    • L: Digital facsimile of the full manuscript.


  • Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Il. 128, books XXX-XXXII (He* XXIX-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He37

    • D: early 15th century

    • P: Low Countries ?

    • O: ?

    • L: Digital facsimile of the full manuscript.


  • Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Il. 130, books I-VII,27 (He* I-VI,27)

    • Siglum: He38

    • I: The manuscript also contains a part of the Speculum Naturale (Nc* XVI-XXVII,93).

    • D: early 14th century

    • P: France ?

    • O: Donated in 1797 by Dom Fr. Manuel do Cenáculo, Bishop of Beja and Archbishop of Évora.

    • L: Digital facsimile of the full manuscript.

    • R: Nc3


  • Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Il. 131, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: He39

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: Coimbra, Colégio of the Society of Jesus

    • L: Digital facsimile of the full manuscript.


  • London, British Library, Arundel 190, books XIX,91-XXI,37 (He* XVIII,91-XX,37)

    • Siglum: He40

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: Mainz, cl. Michaelsberg O.Carth.; Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel; Henry Howard, Duke of Norfolk.

    • R: Image of the puzzle initial 'P'(ost), at the beginning of book XXI.


  • London, British Library, Harley 3689, books I-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: He41

    • D: first half 15th century

    • P: England

    • O: Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, or his son Edward

    • L: Image of the illuminated initial 'Q'(uoniam) with a three-sided border with acanthus leaves, flowers and foliate feathering, at the beginning of the Libellus Apologeticus.


  • olim London, British Library, Loan 36/21, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He42

    • D: 2nd half 14th century

    • P: France (Paris), carefully corrected by Robertus or Robinetus showing the signs cor p Rob at the final verso leaves of all quires.

    • O: Joseph Téchener ?; Th. Phillipps (Cheltenham, Phillipps 6652); British Library Loan 36/21; sold at Christie’s on June 7, 2006 (Lot 21 / Sale 7230); present location is unknown (January 2015).


  • London, British Library, Royal 13.D.VIII, books I-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: He43

    • D: 14th century (the scribe wrote the date 1333 in the margins of fol. 17r).

    • P: France (Paris ?)

    • O: William Catesby († 1510) ?; possibly "Syon Monastery" following the note Ex dono Willelmi Cates at fol. 1r.


  • London, Inner Temple Library, Petyt Ms. 511 vol. I, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He44

    • I: A later hand changed the book numbering into XVI-XXXI, but omitted to adapt the numbering of book XXV.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: England ?

    • O: Bequeathed to the Inner Temple in 1707 by William Petyt, Keeper of the Records in the Tower of London and Treasurer of the Inner Temple 1701-1702.


  • Luzern, Zentralbibliothek, P Msc 13 fol. I, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); P Msc 13 fol. III, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); P Msc 13 fol. IV, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He45

    • I: 13 fol. IV: At fols. 372r-378r the Historia de Tartaris by C. de Bridia O.F.M. has been added, which the scribe introduced with the following note: Sciendum quod hec hystoria que sequitur de Tartaris non est de Speculo hystoriali (fol. 372r).

    • D: 13 fol. I: 1338 (fol. 286v: Sub anno domini. mo.ccco.xxxviijo); 13 fol. III: ca. 1339; 13 fol. IV: 1340 for the text of the Speculum Historiale (fol. 371v: Sub anno domini mo. ccco. xlo); 1339 for the text of the Historia de Tartaris (fol. 378r: Sub anno domini mo.ccco.xxxixo).

    • P: Upper-Rhine region (possibly Basel region), copied by Hugo von Tennach (13 vol. I at fol. 286v: Scriptus per manum Hugonis de Tennach; the same notes in 13 vol. IV, at fols. 371v and 378r).

    • O: Petrus von Bebelnheim († 1353), scolasticus at Basel and dean of the Cathedral chapter Saint-Martin at Colmar (13 vol. IV, fol. 371r: Iste liber est Petri de Bebelnheim Scolastici Basiliensis ac prepositi Columbariensium ecclesiarum; the same owner's mark in 13 vol. IV at fol. 378r; and in 13 vol. I at fol. 286v, but erased; later in possession of cl. Pairis O.Cist; pawned to cl. St. Urban O.Cist. in 1420; since 1848 at Luzern.

    • L: Digital facsimiles of P Msc 13 fol. I, P Msc 13 fol. III, and P Msc 13 fol. IV.


  • Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale, 180, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 181, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 182, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); 183, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He46

    • D: 180: middle 14th century; 181: middle 14th century; 182: 1346; 182: middle 14th century.

    • P: France; mss. 180, 181 and 183 copied by the same scribe; ms. 182 produced by Johannes de Germigniac (fol. 399r: Explicit tercium uolumen speculi hyst[orialis] scriptum per Johannem de Germignyaco, anno Domini MoCCCoXLVIo die martis ante Natiuitatem eiusdem Domini.

    • O: 15th century owner's marks in mss. 180 en 181 Nelli de Sancto Geminiano, legum doctor; in possession of Philippe de Lévis, Archbishop of Auch in 1454, then of Arles (1463-1475), or his brother Eustache, Archbishop of Arles (1476-1489); 17th century owner's markNicolas Foray in ms. 181, Ad usum Nicolai Foray in 182, and Datum mihi ab illustrissimo DD. marchione de Saint-Prix. Foray. 400 l. in Lyon 183; cl. Lyon, Cordeliers de Saint-Bonaventure O.F.M.

    • L: A selection of color images of the 4 volumes is available for consultation in the Numelyo database of the Bibliothèque municipale of Lyon, as well as in the Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes at Paris.


  • Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale, 184, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He47

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: Lyon, Collège de la Trinité of the Society of Jesus

    • L: A selection of color images is available for consultation in the Numelyo database of the Bibliothèque municipale of Lyon, as well as in the Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes at Paris.


  • Molenbaix, private collection, no shelf number, vol. 1, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); vol. 2, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: He48

    • D: vol. 1: 15th century; vol. 2: 1474 (fol. 314r: M C quater decies septem sed quatuor addas Deo gracias).

    • P: Low Countries (Elsegem); vol. 2 written by the scribe Cornelius of Clinge (fol. 314r: Frater Cornelius de Clinge librum cito scripsi hunc).

    • O: Elsegem, cl. O.L. Vrouwe Ten Walle Can.S.Aug.; later Middlehill, Phillipps 8568; then Elsegem, library of mansion De Ghellinck's.


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 2661, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He49

    • D: first half of 14th century

    • P: Southern Germany

    • O: cl. Aldersbach O.Cist.

    • R: Ha10


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 4524, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); clm 4525, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: He50

    • D: 15th century

    • P: Southern Germany

    • O: cl. Benediktbeuren O.S.B.


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 8201A, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He51

    • D: 1332 (fol. 244v: Anno domini MoCCCoXXXIJo scriptus est iste liber ad honorem sancti Mychahelis archangeli sub venerabili domno Alberto Abbate in Metem).

    • P: Southern Germany

    • O: cl. Metten O.S.B.

    • R: Ha11


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 8783, books XVI-XXIII (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He52

    • D: 1442 (fol. 304v: Anno domini Millesimo Quadringentesimo quadragesimo secundo finitus est iste liber feria sexta ante Dominicam Inuocauit).

    • P: Austria (Salzburg ?) (fol. 304v: Necnon comperatus [!] per Vlricum Hubnerum tunc temporis moram trahentem in Salzburga, …).

    • O: Ulrich Hubner; Munich, Franciscan house.


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 9509, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He53

    • D: ca. 1437 (p. 499: Anno Domini Millesimo quadringentesimo tricentesimo septimo Comparatus est iste liber … per uenerabilem dominum Jacobum abbatem tunc temporis hic in superiori Altach [!]).

    • P: Southern Germany, copied by Andreas Dachsperger (p. 499: Andreas Dachsperger scripsit), who later purchased himself a copy of the Speculum Historiale (cf. He25).

    • O: cl. Ober-Altaich O.S.B.


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 17129, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); clm 17130, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); clm 17132, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He54

    • I: clm 17129: the inserted leaves fols. 220-228 present the Historia Apollonii Regis Tyrii, copied by a scribe from Southern Germany.

    • D: before 1333

    • P: Northern Italy

    • O: cl. Schäftlarn O.Praem.; purchased in 1333 by Konrad Sachsenhauser, dean of Schäftlarn, together with clm 17131 (see He116).


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 17131, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He116

    • D: first quarter of 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: cl. Schäftlarn O.Praem.; purchased in 1333 by Konrad Sachsenhauser, dean of Schäftlarn, following the note in clm 17131 (at the back side of the first flyleaf: Iste liber … quem emit frater Chunradus dictus Sachsenhauser tunc prepositus una cum aliis tribus uoluminibus a fratre Haeinrico dicto Talhaeymaerio sacre Theologye doctore pro centum LXXX florinis … Anno domini MoCCCoXXXoIII. Regiminis uero ipsius Anno XIIIo), together with clm 17129, clm 17130 and clm 17132 (see He54).


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 17417, books XVII,59 [part]-95 [part] and XVIII,15 [part]-XXIV (He* XVI,59 [part]-95 [part] and XVII,15 [part]-XXIII); clm 17418, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He55

    • I: clm 17417: Due to loss of leaves, the text is incomplete.

    • D: clm 17417: 1468 (fol. 233r: … secunda die mensis septembris. Anno domini Millesimo Quadringentesimo Sexagesimo octauo); clm 17418: 1471 (fol. 256r: Anno dominice incarnacionis Millesimo quadringentesimo septuagesimo primo die nona kalendis Junij).

    • P: Southern Germany (Augsburg region) in commission of cl. Scheyern; clm 17417, fols. 127-233 copied by Maurus Eystetensis (fol. 233r: Finita est tercia pars Speculi hystorialis Vincencij per manus fratris Mauri Eystetensis monachi professi et presbyteri monasterii Sancte Marie Virginis necnon alme crucis in Scheyern …); clm 17418 copied by Hainricus Molitor (fol. 256r: Finit liber quartus Speculi hystorialis … per Hainricum Molitorem cirographum et conciuem Augustensem).

    • O: cl. Scheyern O.S.B.

    • R: Hea2


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 18062, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); clm 18063, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He56

    • D: middle 15th century

    • P: Southern Germany

    • O: cl. Tegernsee O.S.B. (ms. 18062, flyleaf at front: Iste liber attinet uenerabili monasterio Tegernsee).

    • R: Hea3


  • Regensburg, Bischöfliche Zentralbibliothek, A. Kap. 1996, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek clm 26622, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He57

    • D: A. Kap. 1996: 1468 (fol. 527v: Explicit … Sub anno uerbigene celestis Millesimo quadringentesimo Sexagesimo octauo …); clm 26622: 1470 (fol. 566v: Explicit … Sub anno incarnationis Dominice Millesimo Quadringentesimo Septuagesimo …).

    • P: Southern Germany; both volumes copied by Leonardus Heffen de Eystet (A. Kap. 1996, fol. 527v: Explicit secundum uolumen Speculi hystorialis. Per Leonardum Heffen alme vniuersitatis Wyenensis Baccalarium; a similar note, refering to de Eystett, in clm 26622, fol. 566v).

    • O: Regensburg, Kollegiatstift U. L. Frau zur Alten Kapelle


  • Nancy, Bibliothèque municipale, 1818, books XXV-XXVI,41 and XXVII,19-32 (He* XXIV-XXV,141 en XXVI,19-32)

    • Siglum: He58

    • I: Fragments of one volume.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: Nancy, Grand-Séminare


  • New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 350, books XXI-XXIV (He* XX-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He59

    • I: Composite manuscript: fols. 1r-239v contain a fragment of a volume of He; the second part of the manuscript, now numbered Beinecke 350A, also contains the so-called Vinland-map and the Historia de Tartaris by C. de Bridia O.F.M.

    • D: ca. 1440

    • P: Upper Rhine (Basel region)

    • O: ?

    • Digital facsimile of the full manuscript.


  • Nürnberg, Stadtbibliothek, Cent. III.95, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); Cent. III.96, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He60

    • I: During the 19th century, parchment leaves of this manuscript have been sold to a goldsmith for the production of gold leaves, causing several lacunas in the surviving text.

    • D: Cent. III.95: 2nd half 14th century; Cent. III.96: 2nd quarter 14th century.

    • P: Southern Germany

    • O: Nürnberg, Dominikanerkloster O.P.

    • R: cf. He114


  • Nürnberg, Stadtbibliothek, Cent. III.97, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He114

    • I: During the 19th century, parchment leaves of this manuscript have been sold to a goldsmith for the production of gold leaves, causing several lacunas in the surviving text.

    • D: first quarter 14th century

    • P: Northern France (fol. 286r: Explicit quartum volumen Speculi hystorialis. Nomen scriptoris GValterus amicus amoris. Si permisistis [!] aliquid michi nec tribuistis, pertinus [!] absque mora soluatis; iam venit hora).

    • O: Nürnberg, Dominikanerkloster O.P.

    • R: cf. He60


  • Olomouc, Statní Vedecka Knihovna, M II 184, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: He61

    • D: 1471 (fol. 322v: Explicit secunda pars Speculi historialis 1471o sabbato in octavas Assumpcionis beate Marie).

    • P: Moravia ?

    • O: Olomouc, cl. Dolany O.Carth.


  • Olomouc, Statní Vedecka Knihovna, M III 26, vol. 1, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); M III 26, vol. 2, books XXV-XXXI,93 and XXXI,125-148 (He* XXIV-XXX,93 and XXX,125-148)

    • Siglum: He62

    • I: Part of book XXXI is missing.

    • D: vol. 1: 1470 (fol. 1r); vol. 2: ca. 1470.

    • P: Moravia ?

    • O: owner's mark I.R. in vol. 1 (f. 1r); Olomouc, cl. Dolany O.Carth.


  • Olomouc, Statní Vedecka Knihovna, M III 27, vol. 1, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); M III 27, vol. 2, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); M III 27, vol. 3, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); M III 27, vol. 4, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He63

    • D: ca. 1465

    • P: Czechia (Moravia ?), commissioned by Vilém de Kolín O.E.S.A., Archbishop of Brno, and copied by the scribe Johannes of Nymburk (vol. 4, fol. 331v: Si tu scriptoris nomen cognoscere uelis, IO sit primum, HAN medium, NES quoque supremum, quidam Bohemius, natione de Nimburga).

    • O: Vilém de Kolín O.E.S.A.; in 1479 bequeathed to cl. St. Bernardus O.F.M. at Brno; later in possession of the Franciscans at Znojmo, then the Franciscans at Olomouc.


  • Osnaburg (Osnabrück), Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Dep 58 HS, B XVI, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He107

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?


  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmole 1518, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: He64

    • D: 15th century

    • P: ?

    • O: Included into Lichfield Cathedral library during the first half of the 17th century.


  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 287, books I-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: He65

    • I: Fol. 306v presents a resumé of the Historia Apollonii Regis Tyrii.

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: England ?

    • O: Exeter, Cathedral library (14th century note: Ex legato magistri Roberti Hereward quondam canonici Exoniensis); donated to Bodley in 1602.


  • Oxford, Lincoln College, Lat. 34, books I-V (He* I-V)

    • Siglum: He66

    • I: The Libellus Apologeticus and the Prologue to the Speculum Historiale, in version He usually counted as book I, have been omitted.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: /

    • O: Donated by Robertus Flemmyng, decanus Lincolniensis.


  • Oxford, Magdalen College, CLXXX, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He67

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?


  • Oxford, Merton College, 123 (M.2.7), books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 124 (M.2.8), books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 125 (M.2.9), books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); 126 (M.2.10), books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He68

    • D: ca. 1310

    • P: France (Paris); ms. 124 written by Robert de Longjumeau (fol. 280r: Explicit … de manu Roberti de Longoiumello. Alleluia); ms. 125 written by John Wade (fol. 287v: Iohannes Wade anglicus scripsit) who also produced He91.

    • O: Roger Martival, Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1293-1294) and Bishop of Salisbury (1315-1330); Edmund Palmer († 1543), fellow of Merton College (ms. 126 has the note Iste liber pertinet ad me Edmundum Palmerum).


  • Padua, Biblioteca Antoniana, 42 Scaff. II, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 43 Scaff. II, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 44 Scaff. II, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He69

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France (Paris), by the scribe Yvo (ms. 43, fol. 210r: Explicit tabula secundi uoluminis Speculi Historialis, scripta Parisius festinanter die noctuque. Vale; ms. 44, fol. 226v: Explicit Speculum Historiale per Yuonem).

    • O: Padua, cl. S. Antonio O.F.M.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, 1010, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 1011, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 1012, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); 1013, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He70

    • D: 14th century

    • P: Northern France

    • O: ?


  • Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, 1550, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: He71

    • D: 15th century

    • P: Northern France ?

    • O: Tournai, cl. of the Crosiers (fol. 407v: Iste liber est fratrum Sancte Crucis conventus Tornacensis).


  • Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, 1551, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 1552, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He72

    • D: early 14th century

    • P: Northern France

    • O: Simon de Corbie, Carmelite at Montreuil in 1309, provincial of the French Carmelites from 1317 to 1319; Paris, cl. O.Carm. at Place Maubert (ms. 1551, fol. 1r: Istam secundam partem Speculi hystorialis dedit huic librarie frater Symon de Corbeya, doctor in theologia, ordinis Beate Marie de Monte Carmeli, to which a later hand added quondam prouincialis Francie, conuentus Monasterioli; a similar note in ms. 1552, fol. 1r).

    • L: A set of images, showing a few illuminated pages from both manuscripts, is available in the Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes at Paris.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 4898, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He73

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: Philibert de la Mare


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 4899, books XIII-XXII (He* XII-XXI)

    • Siglum: He74

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France, by the cleric Johannes le Page (fol. 362v: Istud uolumen completum fuit in uigilia Assumptionis beate Marie per manum Iohannis Lepage, clerici).

    • O: Toulouse, Collège de Foix; J.-B. Colbert since 1680.

    • L: A monochrome facsimile (microfilm) is available in the Gallica database of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 4900, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He75

    • I: Fols. 1-26 present part IV of the Tabula alphabetica by Jean Hautfuney.

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: France

    • O: Mazarin ?

    • L: A monochrome facsimile (microfilm) is available in the Gallica database of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 4901, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He76

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France (Paris)

    • O: Possibly Pasquino de' Capelli (f. A: [erasure] Emptus per eum Parisius … MCCCLXXXIII die quarto decimo mensis Augusti); in 1426 belonging to the Visconti-Sforza library; Em. Bigot ?

    • L: A monochrome facsimile (microfilm) is available in the Gallica database of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 4902, books XXIV,10-XXXII (He* XXIII,10-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He77

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: J.-B. Colbert ?


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 11728, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He78

    • I: Possibly the exemplar of ms. He26.

    • D: 1267 (fol. 352v: Finito libro reddatur gratia Christo, anno Domini MoCCoLXo septimo in uigilia Penthecostes)

    • P: France

    • O: De Harlay family; by Achille IV de Harlay († 1717) bequeathed to cl. St.-Germain-des-Prés O.S.B. at Paris.

    • L: A monochrome facsimile (microfilm) is available in the Gallica database of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 14354, books I-XVIII (He* I-XVII); lat. 14355, books XIX-XXXII (He* XVIII-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He79

    • I: lat. 14355: fols. 327-400 present the Tabula alphabetica by Jean Hautfuney.

    • D: ca. 1350

    • P: France (Paris ?), by the Breton scribe Ivonet Omnes, possibly commissioned by cl. St. Victor (ms. 14355, fol. 399r: Iuonet Omnes so map mat ha quar).

    • O: Paris, cl. St. Victor Can.S.Aug.

    • L: A few images from both manuscripts are available in the Banque d'images of the Bibliothèque nationale. Also available are digital copies of monochrome microfilms of lat. 14354 and lat. 14355.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 16014, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); lat. 16015, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); lat. 16016, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He80

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: France

    • O: Paris, Collège de Sorbonne

    • L: A monochrome facsimile (microfilm) of only lat. 16015 is available in the Gallica database of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 16919, books I,5-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: He81

    • I: Due to loss of leaves, the text of the Libellus Apologeticus is incomplete.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: Magister Iacobus de Padova (middle 14th century); Paris, Collège de Sorbonne; Dijon, Cabinet de Bouhier, since 1721, following a note at fol. 1r.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, lat. 17548, books I-XVI (He* I-XV); lat. 17549, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He82

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France (Paris)

    • O: Paris, cl. Grands-Augustins O.E.S.A.


  • Paris, Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, 54, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 55, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 56, books XVII-XXV,1 (He* XVI-XXIV,1); 57, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He83

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France (Paris)

    • O: Paris, Collège du Maître Gervais or Collège des Jésuites Louis-le-Grand ?

    • L: A selection of color images is available for consultation in the Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes at Paris.

    • R: Nb16 and Do10


  • Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Library, Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection, LJS16, books XXV-XXVIII,79 (He* XXIV-XXVII,79); and LJS124, book XXIX,83-86 (He* XXVIII,83-86)

    • Siglum: He104

    • I: LJS16: fragment of a volume that originally contained books XXV-XXXII; LJS124: a leaf from this same volume.

    • D: ca. 1400

    • P: France (Paris)

    • O: Guglielmo Libri; Th. Phillipps, Middlehill (Phillipps 24654); H. R. Creswick; LJS16 was owned by a private German collector at Wegberg and in 1995 acquired by Lawrence J. Schoenberg; LJS124 given to Irvine Masson, later sold to Francis Edwards, Ltd., in 1997 acquired by Lawrence J. Schoenberg; donated to University of Pennsylvania Library in 2010.

    • Digital facsimiles of the full manuscript LJS16 and LJS124.


  • Prague, Knihovna Metropolitní Kapituli, G III, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He84

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: France

    • O: Possibly acquired in France, in 1329, by Jan IV z Dražic O.E.S.A., Bisshop of Prague (1301-1343); Prague, Cathedral-chapter (18th-century owner's mark at fol. 1r: Ex Bibliotheca S. Metrop. Ecclesiae Pragensis 1713).


  • Reims, Bibliothèque municipale, 1356, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); 1357, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); 1358, books XVII-XXII (He* XVI-XXI); 1359, books XXIII-XXVII (He* XXII-XXVI); 1360, books XXVIII-XXXII (He* XXVII-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He85

    • D: ms. 1356: 1402 (fol. 192r: Explicit primum uolumen … scriptum pro et nomine reuerendissimi in Christo patris et domini, domini Guydonis de Roya, Remorum archipresulis, anno Domini MoCCCCoIIo); ms. 1357: 1402 (fol. 256v has a datation note similar to ms. 1356); ms. 1358: beginning of 15th century; ms. 1359: 1403 (fol. 87r has a datation note similar to ms. 1356); ms. 1360: beginning of 15th century.

    • P: France (Reims), copied by Guillelmus Cronier, cleric of the diocese Chartres, commissioned by Guy de Roye, Archbishop of Reims (ms. 1356, fol. 6r: Expliciunt capitula primi libri … Guillelmus Cronier).

    • O: Guy de Roy, Archbishop of Reims (1390-1409); Reims, Cathedral chapter.


  • Rein, Cistercienserstift, Cod. Run. 97, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He86

    • I: A later hand adapted the list of chapter titles, making the chapter titles of books XI-XII conforming to books X-XI of version Hb; due to loss of leaves, the text of VII,119-VIII,32 is missing.

    • D: first half of 15th century

    • P: Austria

    • O: cl. Rein O.Cist.

    • R: Ha13


  • Rouen, Bibliothèque municipale, 1133 (U. 23), books I-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: He87

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France, probably by commission of cl. Jumièges

    • O: cl. Jumièges O.S.B.

    • L: A selection of color images is available for consultation in the Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes at Paris.


  • Salamanca, Biblioteca Universitaria, 1748, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He88

    • D: 15th century

    • P: ?

    • O: Salamanca, Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé.


  • Salamanca, Biblioteca Universitaria, 1749, books XVII,1-46 and XXIV-XXVII,103 (He* XVI,1-46 and XXIII-XXVI,103)

    • Siglum: He108

    • D: 15th century

    • P: ?

    • O: olim Madrid, Biblioteca del Palacio 37


  • Salamanca, Biblioteca Universitaria, 1750, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); 1751, books XXIV-XXXI (He* XXIII-XXX)

    • Siglum: He109

    • D: 15th century

    • P: ?

    • O: olim Madrid, Biblioteca del Palacio 38 and 39


  • Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, HB XI 47, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He89

    • D: ca. 1425

    • P: Southern Germany

    • O: Stuttgart, cl. Wiblingen O.S.B.; Königliche Hofbibliothek Stuttgart.


  • Toledo, Biblioteca del Cabildo, fol. 47.1, books I-X (He* I-IX); fol. 47.2, books XI-XXI (He* X-XX); fol. 47.3, books XXI,106-XXXII (numbered as XXXIII) (He* XX,106-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He113

    • D: 13th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?


  • Torino, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, 1408 (J-IV-6), books XXV,5-XXXII (He* XXIV,5-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He90

    • I: Severely damaged by the library fire of 1904.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?


  • Toulouse, Bibliothèque municipale, 449, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He91

    • D: ca. 1310

    • P: France (Paris), written by John Wade(fol. 319v: Explicit quartum uolumen Speculi hystorialis per manum Iohannis Wade anglici) who also produced He68.

    • O: Toulouse, cl. Franciscans

    • L: A selection of color images is available for consultation in the Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes at Paris.


  • Troyes, Bibliothèque municipale, 170, vol. 2, books XVII-XXXII (He* XVI-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He92

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: France (Paris or Amiens), possibly commissioned by cl. Clairvaux

    • O: cl. Clairvaux O.Cist.

    • R: Heac1


  • Troyes, Bibliothèque municipale, 464, vol. 2, books XXV,46-XXXII (He* XXIV,46-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He93

    • I: The first two quires are missing, causing loss of text.

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: France

    • O: Possibly Troyes, Cathedral library.

    • R: Hed1


  • Valencia, Biblioteca Universitaria, M-44, books XI-XVI (He* X-XV); M-381, books XVII-XXI (He* XVI-XX); M-393, books XXVI-XXIX (He* XXV-XXVIII)

    • Siglum: He95

    • D: 15th century (before 1481).

    • P: Italy (Napels), possibly by commission of the royal family; the volumes have been illuminated by Cola Rapicano († 1488).

    • O: Napels, Royal library; taken to Valencia by Fernando de Aragón, Duke of Calabria († 1550); in 1546 donated to cl. S. Miguel de los Reyes O.S.H.

    • L: Digital facsimiles of the full manuscripts M-44, M-381 and M-393.


  • Vatican, Archivio del Capitolo di S. Pietro, C.124, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); C.125, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); C.126, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); C.127, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He110

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?

    • L: Digital facsimiles of the full manuscripts C.124, C.125, C.126, and C.127.


  • Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Barb. lat. 2748, books VIII-XVI (He* VII-XV)

    • Siglum: He96

    • D: end of 14th century

    • P: France ?

    • O: Rome, cl. S. Maria sopra Minerva O.P.


  • Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Borgh. 246, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He97

    • D: 1310 (fol. 251v: Anno Domini MoCCCo decimo ante brandones opus adimpleuit deo gracias).

    • P: France, by the scribe Matheus Normant (fol. 251v: Innuente deo uix a scriptore matheo Normant diffamé qui n’est ab omnibus amé Hoc opus impletur …).

    • O: Avignon, Papal library (registered in the 1369 catalogue).


  • Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Ottob. lat. 766, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: He111

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?


  • Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Ottob. lat. 2327, books XVII-XX,62 and XXV-XXVII,32 (He* XVI-XIX,62 and XXIV-XXVI,32)

    • Siglum: He112

    • D: 14th century

    • P: ?

    • O: ?


  • Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 1962, books I-XII (He* I-XI); Vat. lat. 1963, books XIII-XXII (He* XII-XXI); Vat. lat. 1964, books XXIII-XXXII (He* XXII-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He98

    • D: 2nd half 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: Elie de l’Estrange, Bishop of Le Puy († 1418) (ms. 1964, fol. 390r: Iste liber est mei Helie episcopi aniciensis; the same owner’s marks in ms. 1963, fol. 343r, partly erased, and in ms. 1962, fol. 393v, erased); ms. 1962, fol. Iv: Janus aquinus madio tabernas 1553.


  • Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 1965, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He99

    • D: 14th century

    • P: Southern France or Northern Italy, by Thomas of Monelia (fol. 410r: Explicit tercium uolumen speculi hystorialis per manum thome de monelia).

    • O: Incorporated into the Papal library before December 21, 1418.

    • R: cf. He100


  • Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 1966, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He100

    • D: 1340 (… Anno domini MoCCCoXoLo. IX. die mensis febroarii [!]).

    • P: France (Narbonne) by the priest Folcrandus (fol. 339v: Nouerint uniuersi presentes pariter et futuri quod ego Folcrandus cutsiaci presbiter beneficiatus in capella hospitalis sancti iacobi burgi narbone scripsi et compleui de manu mea propria totum istum librum.)

    • O: Incorporated into the Papal library before December 21, 1418.

    • R: cf. He99


  • Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 10699, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He101

    • D: 14th century

    • P: France ?

    • O: ?


  • Vellereille-lez-Brayeux, Collège de Bonne Espérance, 2 volumes, no shelf numbers: vol. 1, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); vol. 2, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He102

    • I: vol. 1: fols. 249v-252r contain the Gesta Pylati.

    • D: ca. 1300/1310

    • P: Northern France (Hainaut region?); decoration by the "Maître au menton fuyant"

    • O: cl. Bonne Espérance, O.Praem.

    • L: Digital facsimiles of the full manuscripts: vol. 1 and vol. 2.

    • R: cf. Nb19


  • Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Marc. Lat. X,93, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV); Marc. Lat. X,94, books XVII-XXIV (He* XVI-XXIII); Marc. Lat. X,95, books XXV-XXXII (He* XXIV-XXXI)

    • Siglum: He103

    • D: 13th century

    • P: ?

    • O: Venice, cl. SS. Giovanni e Paolo O.P.; since 1789 kept at the library of S. Marco.


  • Wroclaw, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, IV F 96, vol. 1, books I,7-X,66 (He* I,7-IX,66); vol. 2, books XIX-XXIV (He* XVIII-XXIII)

    • Siglum: He105

    • I: Vol. 1: it seems that the text is incomplete due to loss of leaves.

    • D: 1379 (Anno domini millesimo trecentesimo septuagesimo nono finitus est liber iste per manus Nicolai Theutelewbe).

    • P: Silesia, by Nicolaus Theuteleube, monk of Heinrichau.

    • O: cl. Henryków (Heinrichau) O.Cist. (Liber beatissimae Virginis Mariae in Henrichau. Inscriptus Ao 1687 sub reverendissimo D[omino] Henrico Abbate Henrichoviensi).

    • L: A monochrome facsimile (microfilm) of volume 2 is available in the Digital Library of Wroclaw University.


The following four manuscripts of the Douai version contain elements of the Dijon version (Ha):

  • Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, 79, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: Hea1

    • I: Book IX contains the florilegium from the works by ps. Dionysius the Areopagite, from Ha book VII; book XVI contains the lives of saints Ebrulf and Marcellus of Paris, from Ha XV.

    • D: 14th century

    • P: Low Countries

    • O: ?


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 17416, books I-VIII (He* I-VII)

    • Siglum: Hea2

    • I: Fol. 3, an inserted leaf, presents Vincent's dedicatory letter to King Louis IX, from version Ha, probably copied by Maurus Eystetensis (see He55); chapters 1 and 22 of book V are adapted conforming to Ha III,94 and Ha IV,1.

    • D: 1464 (fol. 253r: … die lune decimaquinta Mensis Octobris Anno domini etcetera lxiiijo).

    • P: Southern Germany (Augsburg), copied by Johannes Keym de Augusta by commission of cl. Scheyern (fol. 253r: Explicit prima pars Speculi hystorialis Vincencij per manus Johannis Keym de Augusta Clericique Frisengensis …).

    • O: cl. Scheyern O.S.B.

    • R: He55


  • Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, clm 18060, books I-VIII (He* I-VII); clm 18061, books IX-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: Hea3

    • I: clm 18060: fol. 2, part of an inserted bifolium, presents Vincent's dedicatory letter to King Louis IX, from version Ha, copied by a second scribe; the main scribe also produced fols. 287-298, which present the Historia Apollonii Regis Tyrii; clm 18061: at fols. 354-356, the scribe who inserted Vincent's dedicatory letter in clm 18060, added the florilegium of ps. Dionysius the Areopagite from Ha VII.

    • D: mid 15th century

    • P: Southern Germany

    • O: cl. Tegernsee O.S.B. (clm 18060, fol. 1r: Iste liber attinet Monasterio Tegernsee).

    • R: He56


  • Uppsala, Universitetsbiblioteket, C 680, books I-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: Hea4

    • I: Decoration and numbering of chapters of books I-III,93 conform to version Ha.

    • D: 2nd half 14th century

    • P: France

    • O: Frauenburg, Cathedral library (Bibliotheca Varmiensis); in 1705 donated by J.G. Sparwenfeld to Uppsala University library.


The following manuscript of the Douai version contains elements of the Dijon (Ha) and Vienna (Hc) versions:

  • Troyes, Bibliothèque municipale, 170, vol. 1, books I-XVI (He* I-XV)

    • Siglum: Heac1

    • I: The Libellus Apologeticus contaminates versions LA-4C and LA-1; the Résumé of the Speculum Naturale in II,1-55 contaminates Rnat-1 and Rnat-2; books II-VI conform to version Hc; from book VII on, the text conforms to version He; initially, the book following book VII, was numbered as VIII, but this numbering has been erased, the remaining books being numbered as X-XVI.

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: France (Amiens ?), possibly by commission of cl. Clairvaux.

    • O: cl. Clairvaux O.Cist.

    • R: He92


The following manuscript of the Douai version contains elements of the Klosterneuburg (Hb) or Vienna (Hc) versions:

  • Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Rkp. 446 IV, books VIII-XVI (He* VIII-XV)

    • Siglum: Hebc1

    • I: Books VIII-XI conform to versions Hb and Hc (both versions share the same characteristics for this part of the text).

    • D: 1419 (f. 274r: Explicit secunda pars Speculi hystorialis Vincencij per manus cuiusdam Anno Domini Millesimo quadringentesimo decimo nono etc. sequitur).

    • P: Poland (Krakow), possibly copied by the scribe Vincentius de Casimiria (cf. Do4).

    • O: ?

    • L: Digital facsimile of the full manuscript.

    • R: cf. Do4


The following manuscript of the Douai version contains elements of the Saint-Jacques version (Hd):

  • Troyes, Bibliothèque municipale, 464, vol. 1, books I-IX (He* I-VIII)

    • Siglum: Hed1

    • I: The alphabetical table, covering the first two quires, conforms to Hd.

    • D: ca. 1300

    • P: France

    • O: Probably Troyes, Cathedral library.

    • R: He93


Image: London, British Library, Harley 3689, f° 1ro.

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