DUL MS Cosin V.I.4 P. Lombardus, In Psalmos s. xii ex.
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No. 129 in Mynors, Durham Cathedral Manuscripts to 1200.
 + 2 (medieval (?) flyleaves) + 230 + ; foliated i, 1- 229, repeating
19 and 127. Membrane (0.18 mm.; hair- and fleshsides indistinguishable; a few
natural flaws and edges), 389 x 252-258 mm. Horizontal cut in the outer margin
of f. 229 previously stitched up, now repaired by overlay as for similar cuts to
Collation: 1-108, 1110, 12-288, 294. Catchwords on quires 12-28, in red where following text is in red, see below. Quires 1-11 and, in a different style, 15-18 numbered on final verso at the centre of lower margin.
No evidence of pricking. Written space 240 or, quire 12, 243 x 153 (72.9.72) mm.; ruled in soft greyish brown. Two columns. 47 lines, or, in quires 10-11, 47-51 lines; the first above the top ruled line.
Written in small proto-gothic minuscule, expertly, by two hands, changing at f. 91 (121), both using red for text of psalm-verses.
Decoration: paraphs, red or blue, to some psalm-verses. Initials: (i) to psalm-verses, both text and first lemma, 1- line, red or blue, mostly alternating; (ii) to all but ten psalms, see (iii) and (iv), 3-line, red and blue, with infilling and a little flourishing in blue and/or red; (iii) to prologue, 7-line, as (iv); (iv) to Pss 26, 38, 51, 52, 68, 80, 97, 101 and 109, between 9- and 11-line, in shaded grey, blue or orange, with zoomorphic elements in colours as central decoration, on grounds of blue, pink, orange or grey decorated with white stars and circles and framed in orange, or creamy yellow and/or grey, and filled with a second colour decorated with a wyvern (f. 149) or with spirals and foliage, and palmates, animal and human (ff. 79, 127*) heads, lions (ff. 80, 170), or a hooded half-figure (f. 101v), in blue or pink shaded with white, orange patterned with white and creamy yellow, followed by the first few letters in one row of 2-line capitals in alternating red and blue, some with a little flourishing; (v) B of Ps. 1, f. 3, 14-line, in blue and orange shaded with white, with gold panels, on a pink (flaking) ground decorated with white stars and circles and framed with gold, and each bowl filled with gold decorated with a spiral and foliage centred on a five-point palmate leaf, in blue shaded and patterned with white, orange and creamy yellow, the upper spiral supporting a small lion in creamy yellow, followed by capitals as (iv).
Running-titles, in red, above each column, giving authorities 'Aug cas Jer',
with identifying marks, '. :', except none in quire 12, where the authorities
are identified ad locum in the side-margins.
ff. 2-229 Cvm omnes prophetas spiritus sancti reuelatione; constet esse
locutos; ... (f. 3) Beatus vir ... non sedit; Beatus. cui omnia optata
succedunt. ... ... Vite eterne uox est, Omnis spiritus laudet dominum.
Peter Lombard, In Psalmos. RBMA no. 6637. PL 191,55-1296. As
usual Ps 40 begins 'Beatus qui intelligit ... cum dominus. Tytulus. In finem.
intellectus filiis chore; Chore sicut legitur' (f. 64); Ps 87 'Domine deus ...
coram te; Tytulus. Canticum psalmi ... uel esraite; Dicut sepe supradiximus' (f.
134v); and Ps 93 'Deus ultionum ... egit; Tytulus; Psalmus dauid quarta sabbati;
Infirmis qui et murmurant' (f. 144v). The major divisions marked by large
initials are at Pss 1, 26, 38, 51, 52, 68, 80, 97, 101, and 109, as commonly.
The text of each psalm-verse is not differentiated from the rest of the text by
being placed separately or written in larger letters, but by being written
entirely in red; it has been observed [by C. de Hamel], in relation to a
parallel example on a leaf from Peter Lombard, In epistolas Pauli, that
in the development of such books this 'is a rare and very early form; it also
occurs in ... Dijon MS 58 and Klosterneuberg MS 9', see Sotheby's Catalogue for
14 December 1977 item 6. NOW SEE HIS BOOK ON GLOSS.
Written in France.
Secundo folio: materia
Top of f. 2 cut away, presumably to remove ex libris of Durham Cathedral Priory; entered as 'BB' in the Priory's catalogue of Spendement books, 1391 and 1416, Cat. Vet., pp. 13 and 89.
'Geo. Davenport. | 1663.', 'pret. xliis.', on paper slip stuck to
f. 1v; his explicit, f. 229, and note referring to T. James' catalogue of
manuscripts in Oxford college libraries on the subject of Peter Lombard on the
Psalms, and to two copies of it in the Durham Dean & Chapter library, f. ii.
Binding: standard, s. xix med.; 2 decorated clasps, s. xix.