The edition of William of Hedons Tractatus de anima, distinctio 3, chapter 6

By Michael Stenskjær Christensen

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The edition of William of Hedons Tractatus de anima, distinctio 3, chapter 6

There are two witnesses to the text, Cambridge, Gonville Caius, 342/538 from the last half of the 13th century (siglum C), and Oxford Corpus Christi 107 from the late 13th or early 14th century (siglum O), both are English and only contain the text of Hedon. The edition is based on digital colour photographs of relatively high quality taken by myself.

It has been suggested that the Cambridge manuscript is an autograph witness by Hedon himself.1 This has not been proven definitively, but it is not unlikely. If that is accepted, we can track the development of the text and the editorial process of William through numerous additions and deletions, often of several columns or whole folios. Based on collations with the Oxford witness we can identify at least three stages of editing, while I suspect that a fourth stage (preceding the three that the collations reveal) can also be identified.

I have imposed my own classicising orthography, and my own paragraphing and punctuation. Section headings and the structural numbers are meta-text added by me. Both scribes make abundant use of abbreviations, the expansion of which I generally do not indicate.

  • 1 -- Montague Rhodes James. A descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts in the library of Gonville and Caius College. 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1907–1908, p. 386