Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library

Houghton Library MSS Richardson

William King Richardson (1859-1951), Class of 1880, graduated summa cum laude and two years later obtained a double first at Balliol College, Oxford. His library was begun at the Lord Amherst of Hackney sale in 1908; for more than forty years Richardson had the opportunity and the means to collect printed books and manuscripts of considerable distinction. His bequest of the collection constitutes one of the most important accessions ever received by Harvard College Library. The forty-nine manuscripts in the collection range from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.

Richardson was also the donor of four other medieval manuscripts now in the Houghton Library: MS Lat 186, MS Typ 37, MS Typ 40, and MS Typ 41.

Richardson letters to his mother from Oxford, dated 1881-1884, are MS Richardson 51; his letters to his uncle, Roland Lincoln, from Oxford, dated 1880-1884, are MS Am 2006; his travel dairies in various European cities dated 1880-1890 are MS Am 2042.

MS Richardson 1

 

Bible in Latin

ca. 1250

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MS Richardson 2

 

Gospel of John with glossa ordinaria

ca. 1175-1200

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MS Richardson 3

 

New Testament (Wycliffe translation)

ca. 1400

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MS Richardson 4

 

Psalter

ca. 1400

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MS Richardson 5

 

Book of hours (use of Sarum)

ca. 1400

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MS Richardson 6

 

Book of hours (use of Paris)

ca. 1435

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MS Richardson 7

 

Book of hours (use of Troyes and Sens)

ca. 1470

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MS Richardson 8

 

Book of hours (use of Rome)

ca. 1505

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MS Richardson 9

 

Book of hours (use of Rome)

ca. 1505

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MS Richardson 10

 

Book of hours (use of Paris)

ca. 1515

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MS Richardson 11

 

Nocturnum feriale

ca. 1480

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MS Richardson 12

Pseudo-Dionysius

Celestial Hierarchies and other texts

1436

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MS Richardson 13

Rufinus

Ecclesiastical History

1468

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MS Richardson 14

Augustine

Contra Faustum

ca. 1175-1200

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MS Richardson 15

Lucian

Toxaris

1545-1547

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MS Richardson 16

Helianus; Onosander

De instruendis aciebus; De optimo imperatore

ca. 1480

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MS Richardson 17

Sallust

Works

ca. 1490

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MS Richardson 18

Cicero

De officiis

ca. 1490

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MS Richardson 19

Justinian

Corpus juris civilis

ca. 1300

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MS Richardson 20

Priscian

Institutiones grammaticae

ca. 1150

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MS Richardson 21

Albertus Magnus

Notes on Matthew and Mark

ca. 1430

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MS Richardson 22

Augustine (pseudo)

Anthology of devotional prose and verse

ca. 1425

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MS Richardson 23

Pier Candido Decembrio

Opuscula

ca. 1460-1465

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MS Richardson 24

 

Apocalypse of St. John in Church Slavonic

19th century

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MS Richardson 25

 

Gospels with preface by Victor of Capua

ca. 1175-1200

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MS Richardson 26

Augustine

Works

ca. 1125-1200

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MS Richardson 27

Augustine

Confessions

ca. 1150

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MS Richardson 28

Guillaume d’Estouteville

Epistola ad heremitas Sancti Augustini

after 1475

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MS Richardson 29

Thomas Aquinas

De regimine principum

ca. 1425

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MS Richardson 30

 

Latin Psalter

14th century

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MS Richardson 31

Boccaccio

Decameron

ca. 1460

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MS Richardson 32

Livy

Ab urbe condita (French)

ca. 1415-1430

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MS Richardson 33

Giacomo Vallaresso

Chronicle

1478

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MS Richardson 34

 

Book of hours (Sarum use)

ca. 1450-1475

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MS Richardson 35

 

Brut Chronicle

ca. 1430

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MS Richardson 36

 

English Psalter with Commentary

ca. 1400

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MS Richardson 37

Charles III

Grant of nobility

1780 Oct. 15

 

 

MS Richardson 38

Virgil

Works

ca. 1460-1470

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MS Richardson 39

 

Breviary

ca. 1500

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MS Richardson 40

 

Magna Carta; Nova statuta

1468-1469

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MS Richardson 41

Boccaccio

On Famous Women

ca. 1425

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MS Richardson 42

 

Book of hours (use of Paris)

ca. 1420-1425

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MS Richardson 43

 Petrarch

Canzoniere and Trionfi

1440

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MS Richardson 44

 

The Life and Martyrdom of St. Catherine

ca. 1425-1450

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MS Richardson 45

 

Book of hours

ca. 1405

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MS Richardson 46

 Bastiano Foresi

Triumph of Virtue

ca. 1475

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MS Richardson 47

 

Martyrologium

14th century

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MS Richardson 48

John Tillotson

Sermons

1662

 

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MS Richardson 49

Joseph Leland

Joseph Leland’s Ledger

1783-1787

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MS Richardson 50

Martin V

Mandate concerning the diocese of Lisbon

1423 Mar. 6

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