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Bible(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Biblia
Codicology:Vellum, 345 x 225 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), (13.6 x 8.8 in.), ff. 444 + 7, double columns of 54 lines. Cent. xiii, very well written, wide margins. Three hands.
Collation: a4, 14 210-2110 2212 2310-3010 3112-3312 | 3410 3510 3612-3812 3910 4012-4312, b3.
2 fo.: phantur. D. I. G. i..
Provenance:From St Augustine's, Canterbury. On flyleaf:
“Biblia G. de Langele minor.”
See the Catalogue (Ancient Libraries, p. 197, no. 9), Biblia Galfridi de Langle minor.
Additions:Also on flyleaf (xv):
“Mem. quod dominus Thomas elnam(?) habet 4 (or x) s. viz. sed consummatum est. hec scripta sunt in libro
Ihesus exiuit de templo et corroborauit templum.”
Old pencil notes follow.
Foliation: ff. a-b + i-iv + 1-444 + v-viii + c-d(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
1r-444r
Bible (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
1r
Jerome ad Paulinum
Prologue to Pentateuch
4r
blank
5r
Genesis - 2 Paralipomenon, Prayer of Manasses absent
72v
Proll. and Capp. to Joshua (73r)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College). Capp. to Judges (81v)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
90v
Ruth. Prol. Post Samsonem iudicauit
92r
I Reg. Prol. Capp. (92v)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College). 3 Reg. Capp. (115v)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
139v
I Par. Prol.
163r
Esdr. - Job (Proll.) (185r)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
195r
Psalter Gallican
215v
Prov. (Prol.) Ecclus. (233r)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
247r
Isaiah - Malachi (330r)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Baruch absent: no unusual prologues
331r
1, 2 Maccabees. The quire begins with the end of Rabanus's prologue, followed by Prol. Jeronimi, Machabeorum Libri. The hand is that of the Psalter and other portions of the book
349v
Evv. Proll. Plures fuisse. Matheus ex iudea (350r)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
392r
Acts, Catholic Epistles, Pauline Epistles (Laodiceans follows Heb.)
438r
Apocalypse
444v
On this page is
444v
A.d. millesimo quingentesimo sexagesimo.
In domino confido (etc.)
viir
On the next flyleaves are old pencil notes, and (xv) “Sancte augustine ora pro nobis” With a sketch of a shield bearing a cross (viiv)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Three scribes seem to be distinguishable. One writes the Pentateuch (?), Psalms, Maccabees etc. Another is seen in Proverbs etc. The third in the Prophets and Epistles. On the whole I believe the work to be French
In the book (at Ecclus. XXXV) is a contemporary book-marker, consisting of a disc of vellum which revolves between two other pieces so shaped that only half of the disc is exposed. It is inscribed in this wise:
See a description of a somewhat similar medieval book-marker in Wordsworth and Littlehale's Service-books of the English Church, p. 280 (Methuen)
The historiated initials are interesting and spirited. The colours used in them are as a rule pale. The subjects are as follows
1r
Prologue. Jerome nimbed, tonsured, under trefoiled arch facing R. writing, with knife in L. hand, at desk. Buildings in spandrels. Gold ground
5r
Genesis. Eight medallions (lozenge in quatrefoil). a. Christ holds globe with dove on it. b. Points to clouds, c. Creates trees, d. Holds moon and puts sun into sky. e. Half-length, buds below, f. Creates Adam: beasts on R. and L. g. Sits blessing. h. Crucified with the Virgin and St John. He is beardless in all these pictures.
A Stork or Crane on the projecting foot of the initial
22r
Exodus. Moses takes off shoe. Christ in flames on R. with scroll Moyses Moyses. Sheep below
36v
Leviticus. Man slaughters lamb on table on L. Man on R. marks lintel of door
46v
Numbers. L. God with scroll tollite summam. Moses, the Israelites
60v
Deuteronomy. Moses horned addresses group on R
73r
Joshua. Two priests bear ark : two blow trumpets
81v
Judges. Battle of horsemen, chain-mail and surcoats
90v
Ruth. a. Man and woman (Naomi and Elimelech?). b. Ruth gleaning, c. Reapers
93v
1 Regnum. Hannah in prayer at altar on R. Eli listens on L.
106r
2. Regnum. Zadok anoints Solomon (full-face). Another on R. holds crown. Fine work
116v
3 Regnum. Judgment of Solomon: the dead child lies in front
128v
4 Regnum. Elisha kneels and receives the mantle of Elijah who ascends on R. in two wheeled car drawn by horse
140r
1 Paralipomenon. A king seated with joined hands crowned by a priest on L. Two spectators
150r
2 Paralipomenon. Solomon on L. crowned directs four workmen, one mixes mortar, a 2nd climbs ladder, a 3rd has plummet, the 4th listens
163r
Prologue to Esdras. Josiah at altar: people adore on L.
172v
Tobit. Tobias with staff. Raphael points to Tobit on R.
176r
Judith. Judith beheads Holofernes (crowned). Maid's head seen on R.
180v
Esther, a Ahasuerus stretches his sceptre down to b Esther, c Mordecai in broad hat, d Haman hanging. Fine work
185v
Job nude on dunghill, his wife on R.
195r
Psalter. Beatus vir. Above. David plays harp, another plays fiddle. Below. David slings at and then beheads Goliath.
This is a splendid initial with very fine grotesques in the stalk and foot of it
198r
Dominus illuminatio. Christ. David points to his eye
200r
Dixi custodiam. David seated points to his mouth
202r
Quid gloriaris. A man about to slay a young woman in blue
202r
Dixit insipiens. David seated. The fool with bauble and cake before him
204r
Salvum. Above, two men cast out Jonah. Below, he emerges from the fish and grasps a tree
206v
Exultate. David sits playing on seven bells
208v
Cantate. Two coped clerks sing at desk
211r
Dixit dominus. The Father and Son (both beardless). The Dove descends between them
213r
Ad dominum cxix (cxx) has a large decorative initial
216r
Proverbs. Solomon on L. Rehoboam in green before him holding a ball
223v
Ecclesiastes. A young woman seated. A young man in blue also seated holds up a wreath of flowers and lays his hand on her arm
226r
Canticum Canticorum. The Virgin seated, with the Child kissing her
227v
Sapientia. Wisdom seated crowned with open book
233r
Ecclesiasticus. Crowned man seated
247r
Isaiah nude bound head down between two posts and sawn by two men
263v
Jeremiah. Ezekiel in bed. Above, the heads of the four cherubic beasts (wrongly put here)
Lamentation. No initial
284v
Ezekiel. The prophet seated with scroll
304r
Daniel (Prologue). In the den, at window of a tower on R. Lions' heads seen at opening below. On L. Habakkuk with food, and angel above
304v
Text. Decorative initial
313r
Hosea. seated with book. Joel (316r)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), Amos (317v)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), Obadiah (320r)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), similar
320v
Jonah. sits nude under tree looking at Nineveh on R.
The remainder except Haggai and Zechariah. (which have no initial) have single figures
331r
1 Maccabees. Alexander dying in bed, two men listen to him, fine work
342r
2 Maccabees. Nehemiah kneels with people behind him. Christ seen in air on R.: below, a lamb among flames: fine work
350r
Matheus. Jesse reclines. Six heads in tree above: one crowned
361v
Marcus. Decorative
369r
Lucas. writes on board on his knee
382r
John . looks at his pen
392r
Acts. Four Apostles seated : Peter, Paul and two others
404v
Catholic Epistles. Single figures and decorative
411r
Romans - Philemon. Paul seated, with or without sword
433v
Hebrews. Decorative
437v
Laodiceans. Paul with sword
438r
Apocalypse. John writing