Medieval and early modern manuscripts collections

University of Victoria Special Collections houses a significant number of medieval and early modern manuscripts. These include medieval and Renaissance documents from England, France, Spain and Italy, including deeds, charters, illuminated manuscript leaves, letters, letter patents, papal bulls, fragments from religious manuscripts, manuscripts on medicine and magic, a catalogue of English armorial shields, statutes of the Garter, and a manuscript of a Spanish Carmelite prioress. The collection also includes John Lydgate's Fall of Princes and extracts from the Bartholomeus Anglicus encyclopaedia De Proprietatibus Rerum (On the Properties of Things).

The following is a list of early manuscripts held by Special Collections. A PDF list is also available.

Facsimile images for some of the manuscripts are available through UVic Libraries Digital Collections.


Charters | Documents | Manuscripts | Fragments | Seals
Islamic | Incunabula | Indentures


Charters


Doc-Brown-1

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.1

Title: Hubert de Burgh, Charter

Date: 1201

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #2

Location: Brown Collection Box 1


Doc-Brown-2

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.2

Title: Petrus Veremudi, Grant

Date: 1226

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #3

Location: Brown Collection Box 1


Doc-Brown-3

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.3

Title: Simon Bonde, Grant

Date: 1356

Accession/Call No.: 1991-088, Item #1

Location: Brown Collection Box 2


Doc-Brown-4

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.4

Title: Thomas Mowbray, Charter

Date: 1391

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #4

Location: Drawer 5A/11


Documents


Doc-Brown-5

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.5

Title: William Cecil, Document

Date: 1593

Accession/Call No.: 1991-088, Item #2

Location: Brown Collection Box 2


Doc-Brown-6

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.6

Title: Edward IV, Royal Letters Patent

Date: 1482

Accession/Call No.: 1992-044, Item #3

Location: Drawer MD 22


Doc-Brown-7

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.7

Title: Philip II of Spain, Royal Letters Patent

Date: 1558

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #9

Location: Drawer 5A/11


Doc-Brown-8

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.8

Title: Elizabeth I, Privy Council Letter

Date: 1599

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #11

Location: Brown Collection Box 1


Doc-Brown-9

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.9

Title: Philip II of Spain, Letter

Date: 1578

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #10

Location: Brown Collection Box 1


Doc-Brown-10

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.10

Title: Sixtus IV, Papal Bull

Date: 1471

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #5

Location: Brown Collection Box 7


Doc-Brown-11

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.11

Title: Alexander VI, Papal Bull

Date: 1494

Accession/Call No.: 1992-044, Item #1

Location: Brown Collection Box 3


Doc-Lat-1

Shelf Mark: Doc.Lat.1

Title: Norfolk, Charter

Date: 1423

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #5

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Doc-Lat-2

Shelf Mark: Doc.Lat.2

Title: James I, Document

Date: 17th century

Accession/Call No.: 1993-022

Location: Shelf 02/C/05


Doc-Lat-3

Shelf Mark: Doc.Lat.3

Title: Notarial Document, Spanish

Date: 1424

Accession/Call No.: 2015-016

Location: Drawer 5A/05


Doc-Lat-4

Shelf Mark: Doc.Lat.4

Title: Receipt with Seal, England

Date: 1361

Accession/Call No.: 2015-017

Location: Shelf 02/E/01


Manuscripts


Ms-Brown-Eng-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.Brown.Eng.1

Title: Statutes of the Order of the Garter

Date: 16th century

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #8

Location: Brown Collection Box 1


Ms-Brown-Eng-2

Shelf Mark: Ms.Brown.Eng.2

Title: Armorial Manuscript

Date: c. 1580

Accession/Call No.: 1989-070, Item #5

Location: Brown Collection Box 2


Ms-Brown-It-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.Brown.It.1

Title: Medicinal and Culinary Miscellany

Date: 14th-17th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-044, Item #2

Location: Brown Collection Box 3


Ms-Brown-Lat-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.Brown.Lat.1

Title: English Pre-Reformation Genealogical Roll

Date: 15th-16th century

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #6

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Ms-Eng-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.Eng.1

Title: John Lydgate, Fall of Princes

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1977-005

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Ms-Eng-2

Shelf Mark: Ms.Eng.2

Title: Thomas Jermy to William Paston, Letter

Date: 1565

Accession/Call No.: 1985-005

Location: Shelf 02/C/07


Ms-Fr-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.Fr.1

Title: Toll Register, Serrières (Ardèche)

Date: 1527-1530

Accession/Call No.: HE197 F73T65 1530

Location: Call no. HE197 F73T65 1530


Ms-Ger-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.Ger.1

Title: Property Register, County of Leiningen

Date: 1497-1498

Accession/Call No.: HD1251 P76 1498

Location: Call no. HD1251 P76 1498


Ms-Ger-2

Shelf Mark: Ms.Ger.2

Title: Terrier of the Town of Karben

Date: 1483

Accession/Call No.: HD1251 T37 1483

Location: Call no. HD1251 T37 1483


Ms-It-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.It.1

Title: Aldus Manutius the Younger, De Antiquis Numerorum Notis

Date: c. 1550-1575

Accession/Call No.: P211 M275 1550

Location: Call no. P211 M275 1550


Ms-Lat-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.1

Title: Barthomoleus Anglicus, De Proprietatibus Rerum

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 1984-061

Location: Shelf 02/C/01


Ms-Lat-2

Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.2

Title: Codex Lindstedt (Ferial Psalter and Breviary)

Date: c. 1450

Accession/Call No.: BX2033 A2 1455

Location: Call no. BX2033 A2 1455


Ms-Lat-3

Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.3

Title: Codex Pollick (Book of Hours)

Date: c. 1480-1490

Accession/Call No.: BX2080 M37 1480

Location: Call no. BX2080 M37 1480


Ms-Lat-4

Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.4

Title: Hebrew language and grammar

Date: ca. 1600-1700

Accession/Call No.: PJ4563 H43

Location: Call no. PJ4563 H43


Ms-Lat-5

Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.5

Title: Codex Kemp (Notarial records of Pietro Gori Michelangelo)

Date: 1510-1521

Accession/Call No.: CS769 M63N67 1510

Location: Call no. CS769 M63N67 1510


Ms-Lat-6

Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.6

Title: Gregory the Great, Dialogi [Dialogues]

Date: 1320-1330

Accession/Call No.: BR65 G54 1320

Location: Call no. BR65 G54 1320


Ms-Lat-7

Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.7

Title: Choir Breviary (Franciscan Use)

Date: 1260-1300

Accession/Call No.: BX2049 F7C46 1260

Location: Call no. BX2049 F7C46 1260


Ms-Lat-8

Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.8

Title: Book of Hours (Use of Troyes)

Date: 1460-1470

Accession/Call No.: BX2080 T76 1460

Location: Call no. BX2080 T76 1460


Ms-Span-1

Shelf Mark: Ms.Span.1

Title: Antonio de Tablada, Regla de la Orden Sagrada de Penitencia

Date: c. 1528-1530

Accession/Call No.: BX3654 A3 1528

Location: Call no. BX3654 A3 1528


Fragments


Fragm-Brown-Lat-1

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.1

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Bible, Fragment

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 2003-018, Item #1

Location: Brown Collection Box 4


Fragm-Brown-Lat-2

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.2

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Manuscript, Fragment

Date: 14th century

Accession/Call No.: 1991-107, Item #1

Location: Brown Collection Box 7


Fragm-Brown-Lat-3

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.3

Title: Leaves from Psalter, Fragments

Date: 14th century

Accession/Call No.: 1989-070, Item #1

Location: Brown Collection Box 2


Fragm-Brown-Lat-4

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.4

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Manuscript, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1989-070, Item #2

Location: Drawer 5A/11


Fragm-Brown-Lat-5

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.5

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 2003-018, Item #5

Location: Brown Collection Box 4


Fragm-Brown-Lat-6

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.6

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 2003-018, Item #4

Location: Brown Collection Box 4


Fragm-Brown-Lat-7

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.7

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Psalter, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 2003-018, Item #2

Location: Brown Collection Box 4


Fragm-Brown-Lat-8

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.8

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 16th century

Accession/Call No.: 2003-018, Item #3

Location: Brown Collection Box 4


Fragm-Brown-Lat-9

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.9

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 16th century

Accession/Call No.: 2003-018, Item #3

Location: Brown Collection Box 4


Fragm-Brown-Lat-10

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.10

Title: Leaf from a Medieval Gradual, Fragment

Date: 16th century

Accession/Call No.: 2003-018, Item #6

Location: Brown Collection Box 4


Fragm-Brown-Lat-11

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.11

Title: Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1993-050, Item #1

Location: Brown Collection Box 3


Fragm-Brown-Lat-12

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Brown.Lat.12

Title: Italian Illuminated, Fragment

Date: c. 1350

Accession/Call No.: 1999-043, Item #1

Location: Brown Collection Box 7


Fragm-Lat-1

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.1

Title: Commentary on the Psalms, Fragment

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 2006-023

Location: Shelf 02/B/20


Fragm-Lat-2

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.2

Title: Corpus Iuris Civilis, Fragment

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 2006-023

Location: Shelf 02/B/20


Fragm-Lat-3

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.3

Title: Roman Law, Fragment

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 2006-023

Location: Shelf 02/B/20


Fragm-Lat-4

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.4

Title: Liber dietarium universalium et particularium, Fragment

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 2006-023

Location: Shelf 02/B/20


Fragm-Lat-5

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.5

Title: Aristotle, De caelo, Fragment

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 2006-023

Location: Shelf 02/B/20


Fragm-Lat-6

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.6

Title: Leaf from a Bible, Fragment

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #1

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-7

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.7

Title: Folium from a Medieval Bible, Fragment

Date: 13th century

Accession/Call No.: 1994-013, Item #4

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-8

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.8

Title: Quodlibetal Fragment

Date: 14th century

Accession/Call No.: 2007-052

Location: Shelf 02/J/24


Fragm-Lat-9

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.9

Title: Leaf from a Calendar, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #2

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-10

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.10

Title: Leaf from a Missal, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #3

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-11

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.11

Title: Leaf from a Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #4

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-12

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.12

Title: Leaf from a Missal, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #6

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-13

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.13

Title: Litany from a Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #7

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-14

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.14

Title: Leaf from a Missal, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #8

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-15

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.15

Title: Folium from a Medieval Psalter, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1994-013, Item #1

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-16

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.16

Title: Folium from a Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1994-013, Item #2

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-17

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.17

Title: Folium from a Book of Hours, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 1994-013, Item #3

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-18

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.18

Title: Leaf from a Breviary, Fragment

Date: 16th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #10

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-19

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.19

Title: Leaf from a Psalter, Fragment

Date: 16th century

Accession/Call No.: 1992-045, Item #9

Location: Drawer 5A/08


Fragm-Lat-20

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.20

Title: Leaf from a Bible, Fragment

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 2010-014, Item #2

Location: Shelf OS/04/08.4/20


Fragm-Lat-21

Shelf Mark: Fragm.Lat.21

Title: Sacrifice of Abraham, Fragment

Date: c. 1200

Accession/Call No.: 2010-014, Item #1

Location: Shelf OS/04/08.4/20


Seals


Doc-Brown-1-Seal

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.1.Seal

Title: Hubert de Burgh, Charter

Date: 1201

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #2

Location: Brown Collection Box 1


Doc-Brown-5-Seal

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.5.Seal

Title: William Cecil, Document

Date: 1593

Accession/Call No.: 1991-088, Item #2

Location: Brown Collection Box 2


Doc-Brown-7-Seal

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.7.Seal

Title: Philip II of Spain, Royal Letters Patent

Date: 1558

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #9

Location: Drawer 5A/11


Doc-Brown-10-Seal

Shelf Mark: Doc.Brown.10.Seal

Title: Sixtus IV, Papal Bull

Date: 1471

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #5

Location: Brown Collection Box 7


Doc-Lat-2-Seal

Shelf Mark: Doc.Lat.2.Seal

Title: James I, Document

Date: 17th century

Accession/Call No.: 1993-022

Location: Shelf 02/C/05


Doc-Lat-4-Seal

Shelf Mark: Doc.Lat.4.Seal

Title: Receipt with Seal, England

Date: 1361

Accession/Call No.: 2015-017

Location: Shelf 02/E/01


Seal-Brown-1

Shelf Mark: Seal.Brown.1

Title: Wax Seal of Edward VI

Date: 1547-1553

Accession/Call No.: 1989-069, Item #7

Location: Brown Collection Box 5


Islamic


Ms-Victoria-1981-003

Shelf Mark: Ms-Victoria-1981-003

Title: Muhammad al-Gazari, Fragment

Date: ?

Accession/Call No.: 1981-003

Location: Shelf 02/J/24


Ms-Victoria-1992-037-1

Shelf Mark: Ms-Victoria-1992-037-1

Title: Qur'an with part of Surat al-Qamar, Fragment

Date: 10th century?

Accession/Call No.: 1992-037, Item #1

Location: Brown Collection Box 6


Ms-Victoria-1995-014

Shelf Mark: Ms-Victoria-1995-014

Title: An'am-i Sharif, Manuscript

Date: 1786-1787?

Accession/Call No.: 1995-014

Location: Drawer 5A/09


Ms-Victoria-1998-034

Shelf Mark: Ms-Victoria-1998-034

Title: Abu al-Qasim Ahmad, Fragment

Date: 18th century?

Accession/Call No.: 1998-034

Location: Shelf 02/J/24


Ms-Victoria-2000-003

Shelf Mark: Ms-Victoria-2000-003

Title: Qur'an, Surat al-Fatiha, Manuscript

Date: 19th century?

Accession/Call No.: 2000-003

Location: Shelf 02/B/16


Ms-Victoria-2005-010

Shelf Mark: Ms-Victoria-2005-010

Title: Qur'an, showing Surat Yusuf, Fragment

Date: ?

Accession/Call No.: 2005-010

Location: Shelf 02/J/24


Ms-Victoria-2005-032

Shelf Mark: Ms-Victoria-2005-032

Title: Qur'an, Maghrib or Andalusia, Fragment

Date: ?

Accession/Call No.: 2005-032

Location: Shelf 02/J/24


Incunabula


Inc-Ger-1

Shelf Mark: Inc.Ger.1

Title: Cologne Chronicle

Date: 1499

Accession/Call No.: 1989-070, Item #3

Location: Brown Collection Box 6


Inc-Lat-1

Shelf Mark: Inc.Lat.1

Title: Speculum aureum anime peccatricis dicitur

Date: c. 1485

Accession/Call No.: BR75 J3

Location: Call no. BR75 J3


Inc-Lat-2

Shelf Mark: Inc.Lat.2

Title: Incunabulum, 15th century

Date: 15th century

Accession/Call No.: 2001-002

Location: Shelf 02/C/10


Inc-Lat-3

Shelf Mark: Inc.Lat.3

Title: Pantheologia of Reynerus de Pisis

Date: 1477

Accession/Call No.: 2010-014, Item #3

Location: Shelf OS/04/08.4/20


Inc-Lat-4

Shelf Mark: Inc.Lat.4

Title: Nuremberg Chronicle

Date: 1499

Accession/Call No.: 2010-014, Item #4

Location: Shelf OS/04/08.4/20


Indentures


Ind-Eng-1

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.1

Title: Indenture, 1585

Date: 1585

Accession/Call No.: 1994-014

Location: Drawer 5A/05


Ind-Eng-2

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.2

Title: Indenture, 1664

Date: 18 August 1664

Accession/Call No.: 2011-045

Location: Shelf 07/D/34


Ind-Eng-3

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.3

Title: Indenture, 1676

Date: 20 April 1676

Accession/Call No.: 2011-073

Location: Shelf 02/B/55


Ind-Eng-4

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.4

Title: Indenture, 1676

Date: 20 April 1676

Accession/Call No.: 2011-073

Location: Shelf 02/B/55


Ind-Eng-5

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.5

Title: Indenture, 1688

Date: 20 November 1688

Accession/Call No.: 2011-073

Location: Shelf 02/B/55


Ind-Eng-6

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.6

Title: Indenture, 1701

Date: 14 October 1701

Accession/Call No.: 2011-073

Location: Shelf 02/B/55


Ind-Eng-7

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.7

Title: Indenture, 1701

Date: 15 October 1701

Accession/Call No.: 2011-073

Location: Shelf 02/B/55


Ind-Eng-8

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.8

Title: Indenture, 1749

Date: June 1749

Accession/Call No.: 2011-073

Location: Shelf 02/B/55


Ind-Eng-9

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.9

Title: Indenture, 1770

Date: 1770

Accession/Call No.: 1996-058

Location: Drawer 5A/02


Ind-Eng-10

Shelf Mark: Ind.Eng.10

Title: Indenture, 1792

Date: 16 March 1792

Accession/Call No.: 2011-073

Location: Shelf 02/B/55