Following the gospel extracts (fol.15r) is the scribal colophon:
"Raulinus de Sorcy scrip-
toris hunc librum scripsit. et
in omnibus complevit. Misereatur sibi deus."
Raulinus doubtless derives his name from Sorcy, near Reims:
The calendar is clearly of Reims, and includes in red St Remi (13 Jan. and 1 Oct.) and Nicaise (23 July, 14 Dec.), and in ordinary ink Rigobert (3 Jan., 14 June), Gombert (10 April), Maurilius (13 Sept.), and Basolus ("Baale") (15 Oct.).
The Prime and None antiphons and capitula indicate the Use of Reims:
- Ant. O admirabile
- Cap. Hec est virgo
- Ant. Ecce Maria genuit
- Cap. Felix namque
The post-medieval provenance includes the inscription "A Jean Charlier(?) / Chirurgien" (fol. iv r):
It has the bookplate of "Joseph Beard / Alderley", with his crest inside a garter bearing the motto "VIRTUS SEMPER VIREDIS" (front pastedown), which appears in the catalogue of the Franks Bequest as no.1922.
The manuscript appears in a Sotheby's sale catalogue of 8-11 November 1858 as lot 383, as "The Property of a Well-Known Irish Collector":
And was by 1895 owned by "Old John Cronin", "A Queer Bibliomaniac" and antiquarian bookseller of 221 Hoyt St, South Brooklyn, NY, who had some strange ideas about the book's date and provenance:
I do not know when or how it reached Texas; it does not appear in de Ricci's Census or its Supplement. There is a summary description in the Houston Library catalog.