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The Bury Bible(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Bibliorum Pars I
Codicology:Vellum, 522 x 360 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), (20.6 x 14 in.), ff. 357 (now bound in three parts)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), double columns of 42 lines. Cent. xii, in a magnificent round hand, and with splendid ornaments.
Collation: a2 (1 canc.) I10 (wants 4 and 7: 8 is a double leaf), II8-XLIV8 XLV6 (wants 5, 6).
Provenance:The book comes from Bury St Edmunds Abbey. On the upper corner of f. 2r (first leaf of text) is a mark rather smaller than in most Bury books, but of the same kind: B. 1.
The press-mark shows that this was the first book in class B. The B here stands for Biblia.
Further, at f. 322r the edge of the leaf has been mended with a patch of vellum in cent. xv on which is sketched a crowned head (cut off at the neck) and a scroll inscribed hic, hic, hic. This represents St Edmund's head, which called out “Here, here,” to those who were searching for it after the martyrdom. It fixes the provenance in a very satisfactory way.
In the old catalogue (cent. xii, xiii) of the Abbey books preserved in a MS. at Pembroke College and printed in my Essays on the Abbey of Bury, 1895, p. 23, the second item is “Bibliotheca in duo uolumina (!)” : and in the Gesta Sacristarum, Arnold, Memorials of Bury St Edmunds Abbey (Rolls Series II, p. 290) in the account of Hervey (sacrist under Anselm in 1121-1148) this passage occurs:
“Iste Herveus frater Taleboti prioris omnes expensas inuenit fratri suo priori in scribenda magna bibliotheca et manu magistri Hugonis incomparabiliter fecit depingi. Qui cum non inueniret in partibus nostris pelles uitulinas sibi accommodas, in Scotiae partibus parchamenas comparauit.”
This passage seems to refer specially to the illuminating of the Bible in question. I interpret it thus: that Hervey found the money for his brother the prior to have a great Bible written, and had it painted after a matchless sort by the hand of Master Hugo. The latter not finding vellum to suit him in our district procured parchment from Ireland.
Clearly there cannot have been any difficulty in getting good vellum to write upon in England. But the special vellum required by the painter was a superior and rarer article. Now it will be found that in this Bible all or almost all of the paintings are done upon separate pieces of vellum which have been pasted down on the leaves of the book.
I have no hesitation therefore in identifying the volume before us with a portion of the Bible of Magister Hugo. It is most interesting to have a work of this artist preserved. Like many workers of his time, he exercised more than one craft. He is recorded to have made the bronze doors of St Edmund's Church, to have carved a fine rood for it, and to have cast a great bell.
Foliation: ff. i-iii + 242-347 + iv-vi(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
242r-357v
The Bury Bible (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
245r
Rubric:
Explicit Ysaias propheta habet versus III D LXXX
245r
Prol. to Jeremiah
245r
Incipit:
Ieremias propheta cui hic prologus
245v
The lower half has a picture, stuck on. Fine frame with pattern drawn in perspective on black ground.
Ground of picture blue with green panels. Above, Jeremiah seated on rocks holds out white scroll to R. Below, on L., three soldiers attack a walled city (Jerusalem) which is defended by three within who throw red stones. These warriors have helmets, chain mail, and pointed shields
246r
Decorative initial, stuck on
274v
Prologue to Baruch
274v
Incipit:
Liber iste qui baruch nomine
275r
Decorative initial (a green monkey in the middle: very good) stuck on
277r
Epistle of Jeremy (Jeremiah)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College). Decorative initial, not stuck on
278r
Hebrew alphabet. The forms of the letters are not given, but the names are given twice with different Latin equivalents
278r
1. Aleph doctrina - Tau signa
278v
2. Aleph deus - Tau fortitude
278v
Rubric:
Incipit lamentatioJeremie prophete quod est in titulo chynoth cum absolutione litterarum hebraicarum
281r
Rubric:
Explicit Lamentatio Jeremie prophete. Incipit oratio eiusdem (= Lam. v)
281r
Rubric:
Explicit Jeremias propheta habet uersus IIII CCCC L
281r
Prologue to Ezekiel
281r
Incipit:
Ezechiel propheta cum Ioachin
281r
with initial
281v
Picture (and initial) stuck on. The picture is reproduced in colours in Camb. Ant. Soc. Proc. vol. VII, pl. VIII (I).
The main grounds are blue and green. In C. a mandorla with Christ seated on the rainbow, holding open book on His knee and blessing. Four masks of winds blowing at top and bottom. In 4 circles R. and L. formed by conventional branch-work are the Four creatures: L. top, Angel with book; below, lion with scroll. R. top, Eagle with scroll; below, ox with scroll, all nimbed and winged. At bottom in C. in (rather more than) half circle, Ezekiel half-length in pointed cap holding scroll in both hands and looking up
300r
On the margin a deer is sketched and below it in pencil “halla” (?)
307r
Rubric:
Explicit Ezechiel propheta habet versus III CCC XL
307r
Prologue to Daniel with initial
307r
Incipit:
Danielem prophetam iuxta septuaginta
307v
Decorative initial to text, stuck on
317v
Rubric:
Explicit Daniel propheta habet versus mille DCCCtos Lta
317v
Prol. beati Hieronimi presbiteri in liber XIIcim prophetarum qui apud hebreos dicitur Thareasra
317v
Incipit:
Non idem ordo
318r
Prol. in Osee
318r
Incipit:
Temporibus loathan
318r
Osee. Initial stuck on
321v
Rubric:
Explicit Osee propheta
321v
Argumenta to Joel
1.
321v
Incipit:
Iohel filius fatuhel
2.
321v
Incipit:
Iohel qui interpretatur
3.
321v
Incipit:
Iohel de tribu ruben
322r
Initial stripped off. On this leaf is the sketch of St Edmund's head
323r
Arguments to Amos
1. (With initial)
323r
Incipit:
Amos propheta
2.
323v
Incipit:
Ozias rex
3.
323v
Amos pastor
324r
Initial not stuck on. Amos nimbed, seated, holds scroll. Green ground
326v
Arguments to Obadiah
1.
326v
Incipit:
Jacob patriarcha
2.
326v
Incipit:
Abdias qui interpretatur
327r
Initial stripped off
327r
Arguments to Jonah
1.
327r
Incipit:
Jonam sanctum hebrei
2.
327v
Incipit:
Jonas columba
327v
Initial, not stuck on
328v
Arguments to Micah
1.
328v
Incipit:
Temporibus loathan
2.
328v
Incipit:
Micheas de morasthi
328v
Initial not stuck on. Micah in cap and mantle and tunic holds scroll. He stands in a kind of running attitude. Green and blue ground
330v
Arguments to Nahum
1.
330v
Incipit:
Naum prophetam
2.
331r
Incipit:
Naum consolator
331r
Initial not stuck on
332r
Arguments to Habakkuk
1. (With initial)
332r
Incipit:
Quatuor propheta
2.
332v
Incipit:
Abbacuc amplexans
3.
333r
Incipit:
Abbacuc luctator
333r
Initial stuck on
334r
Arguments to Zephaniah
1. (With initial)
334r
Incipit:
Tradunt hebrei
2.
334v
Incipit:
Sophonias speculator
334v
Initial stuck on
335v
Arguments to Haggai
1. (Initial)
335v
Incipit:
Moriente dario
2.
335v
Incipit:
Aggeus festiuus
335v
Initial, not stuck on
336v
Arguments to Zechariah
1 (Initial)
336v
Incipit:
Secundo anno darii filii
2.
337r
Incipit:
Secundo anno darii regis
3.
337r
Incipit:
Zacharias memor
337v
Initial, not stuck on
341v
Arguments to Malachi
1.
341v
Incipit:
Ultimum duodecim
2.
341v
Incipit:
Malachias interpretatur
3.
341v
Incipit:
Malachias aperte
342r
Initial, not stuck on
343r
Rubric:
Explicit Malachias propheta prophetarum xii III DCCC versus sunt
343r
Prologue to Job
1.
343r
Incipit:
Cogor per singulos
with initial
2.
343v
Incipit:
In terra quidem habitasse
344r
Capitula
344v
Picture, stuck on (⅔ of page). Frame mainly red blue in triangles, ground blue and green. Above on R. Job kneels on rocks. The Divine Hand on R. On L. his seven sons and three daughters face R. Below on red ground, separated off by cusped line, Job seated on rocks, in blue loincloth only. His wife on L. holds a blank scroll.
The initial and first words of text are introduced in the lower L. corner
357r
Several supplementary prologues, viz.
357r
Prol. in Job
357r
Incipit:
Si aut fiscellam
357r
Arg. in Job
357r
Incipit:
Job exemplar
357v
Arg. in Danihelem
357v
Incipit:
Daniel interpretatur iudicium
357v
Rubric:
Ieronimus de libro duodecim prophetarum
357v
Incipit:
Duodecim prophete in unius
357v
Arg. in Sophoniam
357v
Incipit:
Iosiam regem iude