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DUL MS Cosin V.V.17 Biblia s. xiii

These incomplete draft descriptions of medieval manuscripts in Durham University Library are copyright, and may not be quoted without the permission of the University of Durham Library.

Owing to inconsistencies with the source software, accented characters appear in varying compound forms. This has not yet been rationalized.

21/6/90 AJP revision of AJP

[1] + 3 (paper, s. xvii) + 320 + [1]; foliated i, 1-322. Membrane (0.08 mm.; flesh- and hairsides indistinguihsable), 126-128 x 91-93 mm., all edges cropped. Soiling, stains and damage from damp, particularly on the first leaves and f. 322v. Ink flaking on some leaves. Parts of ff. 3-5, 7-10 and 302 cut or torn away.

Collation, with * marking the two points at which quires are wanting: 112, 28 wants 7-8 after f. 20 + 1 supply-leaf (f. 21); 312; 48; 512, 66, 7-912, 1014, 1112 wants 12 after f. 120, *, 12-2112, 2212 wants 1 before f. 241 and 12 after f. 250, *, 2312, 2412 wants 1 before f. 263, 2512, 2612 wants 10 after f. 294, 2714, 2814 wants 13-14. Traces of the tops of catchwords, or of the flourish above them, on quires 1, 7, 9-10, 12-21 and 23-26.

No evidence of pricking. Written space 96-97 x 65-67 mm.; ruled in sharp brownish grey. 2 columns. 50 or, quire 5, 51 lines.

Written in small round textura, expertly, by at least seven hands, changing at ff. 21 (supply), 22 (31), 42 (51), 54 (61), 121 (121) and 241 (221).

Decoration: the bottom margins of the first recto of many quires, of the recto or verso of the first leaf of the second half of some quires, and of a few other leaves, contain horizontal penwork features, about the width of the written space, not generally attached to any initial, in blue and red and (f. 169) gold, ff. 1, 9v, 16, 20v, 42, etc., the last on f. 318. Initials: (i) to each entry of item 2, 1-line, alternately red and blue; (ii) to each new letter and to subsections of A-E in item 2, 2-line, alternately red and blue, with, f. 297 onwards, a little infilling and flourishing of the other colour; (iii) to chapters and divisions of first prologue of item 1, 2-line, alternately red and blue, with infilling and flourishing in the other colour embellished, except quires 3-4, with the principal colour; (iv) for I of Ruth and to prologues of item 1, generally 3-line, with some 2-, 4- or 5-line, as (iii); (v) to first prologue and books, except Ruth, of item 1 and to item 2, about 8-line, either (a), to Exodus, in blue with a little red, with infilling and flourishing in red embellished with blue, or (b), in blue, pink or orange or, to Daniel (f. 219), in bluish grey incorporating a winged zoomorphic form, patterned with white, on gold grounds outlined in black, with stiff foliate forms in blue, pink, green and orange shaded and patterned with white, or (c), ff. 228, 233v, 239v, in gold, on grounds of pink and/or blue, with foliate forms as (b); (vi) for I of Genesis (f. 5v), entire height of page, as (v,b), with I of Mark (f. 250) similar and issuing from the mouth of a winged bipedal dragon.

No decoration or running-titles on supply-leaf, f. 21r-v.

Running-titles, naming books, across openings, in alternating red and blue capitals; similarly marginal chapter-numbers.


1. ff. 3-292v Incipit ... sancti ieronimi presbiteri In libro genesis. F...[rater Ambrosius] ... (f. 5) cogitat esse moriturum Incipit prefatio sancti Ieronimi prebiteri in ystoria pentateuci moysi. Desiderii ... [mei] ... (f. 5v) transferre sermonem. Incipit liber bresith id est genesis. In principio creauit deum ... ... Gratia domini nostri Iesu Christi cum omnibus uobis.

Bible in the usual order, without Psalms and I-II Maccabees, and now also lacking I-II Chronicles, I Ezra, Nehemiah, II/III Ezra, Luke, John, and parts of IV Kings, Matthew, Mark, Romans, Ephesians and Philippians.

Genesis f. 5v, Exodus f. 22, Leviticus f. 34, Numbers f. 42, Deuteronomy f. 54v, Joshua f. 65, Judges f. 72v, Ruth f. 80, I Kings f. 82, II Kings f. 92v, III Kings f. 101v, IV Kings f. 111v breaking off in 23:26; Tobit f. 121, Judith f. 124, Esther f. 128v, Job f. 133, Proverbs f. 141v, Ecclesiastes f. 148v, Song of Songs f. 150v, Wisdom f. 152, Ecclesiasticus f. 156v, Isaiah f. 168v, Jeremiah f. 183,

Lamentations f. 199v, Baruch f. 201, Ezekiel f. 203, Daniel f. 219, Hosea f. 225v, Joel f. 228, Amos f. 229, Obadiah f. 231, Jonah f. 231v, Micah f. 232, Nahum f. 233v, Habakkuk f. 234v, Zephaniah f. 235v, Haggai f. 236, Zechariah f. 237, Malachi f. 239v; Matthew starting imperfectly at 5:3 f. 241, Mark f. 250 breaking off in 3:31; Romans starting imperfectly at 3:14 f. 251, I Corinthians f. 254, II Corinthians f. 258, Galatians f. 261, Ephesians f. 262 breaking off in 4:13; Philippians starting imperfectly in 2:14 f. 263, Colossians f. 263v, I Thessalonians f. 264v, II Thessalonians f. 265, I Timothy f. 265v, II Timothy f. 267, Titus f. 267v, Philemon f. 268, Hebrews f. 268v, Acts f. 271v, James f. 283, I Peter f. 284, II Peter f. 285, I John f. 285v, II John f. 286v, III John f. 286v, Jude f. 287, Revelation f. 287v.

Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Tobit start new quires, 3, 4, 5 and 12; f. 54 (61) is blank save for the last two verses of Numbers, also f. 54v col. a. The upper margin at the start of Tobit contains an invocation 'Spiritus sancti assit nobis gratia. Amen. Aue Maria gratia plena dominus tecum ...', f. 121.

Ecclesiasticus ends with a version of Solomon's Prayer, III Reg 8:22-31, 'Et inclinauit salomon genua sua ... Exaudias et propicius sis. si peccauerit uir inte.', f. 168, ed. Rome 1964 pp. 373-5. Jeremiah ends with the introductory sentence of Lamentations, f. 199. Proverbs 31 begins at 31:10 and then has spaces between each verse, presumably for names of Hebrew letters in red, f. 148; likewise Lamentations. Jeremiah's Prayer starts with a separate rubric and a larger plain initial, f. 199v; the titulus to Baruch 6 is treated as a rubric, f. 202v; space but no rubric for first prologue to Joel, no space or break at beginning of second prologue, f. 227v; space but no rubric for first prologue to Amos, but rubrics to second and third, ff. 228v, 229; Jude divided in two after v.10, f. 287.

Last verse of Daniel omitted; supplied in margin, f. 225v. f. 21 is a supply-leaf, completing Genesis.

In addition to the common set of prologues (MMBL i,96-97), no. 631 precedes no. 640 for Acts (f. 271v), and no. 806 precedes no. 809 for the Catholic Epistles (f. 282v). Prologues: Stegm"uller nos 284 divided into at least eight (f. 3), 285 (f. 5), 311 (f. 64v), 323 (f. 81v), 332 (f. 121), 335 (f. 124), 341+343 (f. 128r-v), 344 & 357 (f. 132v), 457 (f. 141), 462 (f. 148), 468 (f. 151v), Eccli. Prologue treated as separate (f. 156), 482 (f. 168), 487 (f. 182v), 491 (f. 201), 492 (f. 203), 494 (f. 218v), 500 (f. 225v), 507 (f. 225v), 511+510 (f. 227v), 515 (f. 228v) 512 & 513 (f. 229), 519+517 (ff. 230v-231), 524 (f. 231) & 521 (f. 231v), 526 (f. 232), 528 [? shorter:] ending '... sicut in consequentibus libri huius demonstrabatur' (f. 233v), 531 ending '... tribulationem uenire desiderat' (f. 234), 534 (f. 235), 538 (f. 236), 539 (f. 236v), 543 (f. 239v), 590... (f. 240v), 607 (f. 249v), 685 (f. 254), 699 (f. 258), 707 (f. 260v), 715 (f. 262), 736 ending 'et onesimum acolitum ab urbe roma' (f. 263v), 747 (f. 264), 752 (f. 265), 765 (f. 265v), 772 (f. 266v), 780 (f. 267v), 783 (f. 268), 793 (f. 268), 631 & 640 (f. 271v), 806 & 809 (f. 282v), 839 (f. 287).

2. ff. 292v-322v Aaz. apprehendens uel apprehensio. Aad testificans uel testimonium. Adhande. precatio . [A]lma uirgo ... ... T...[hala]mi sulcus ... seu appendens me aut suspensio me. ending imperfectly.

Interpretationes nominum Hebraicorum, defective. Stegm"uller 7709 (Stephen Langton ?). Final sections missing, through the loss of last two (?) leaves; also part of A, with one leaf lost after f. 294.

Written in northern Italy or possibly southern France.

Secundo folio sola scripturarum.

'Jacobo de Magna Villa | D D D | charissimus eius Avunculus | Tho: Gill: | 1662.', f. 1; on f. 2 a note in the same hand, headed 'Biblia haec S.S.' and apparently dated 1550 ('MDL'), concerns WHAT and refers to King James IV of Scotland, the Ogilvy family [earls of Airlie], David Dickson professor of Divinity at Edinburgh [from 1650], John Hall and Thomas Gill.

'Geo. Davenport | Donum Jacobi Mickleton Armigeri | 1669.', f. iv.

Binding: as MS Cosin V.V.5.