Bible, probably written in Italy in the 13th century. Edit




  • Mid 13th century. (Creation)


  • 1 Volumes (Whole)
    2 paper flyleaves + i + 401 folios (missing folios 120, 218-253, 255-264, 352-380).



  • Physical Description

    0.00 linear metres2 paper flyleaves + i + 401 folios (missing folios 120, 218-253, 255-264, 352-380).115.00 x 176.00 millimetres

  • Dimensions

    115.00 x 176.00 millimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    The order of contents is the usual one (see ‘Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries’, ii, pages 210-212), except that the Prayer of Solomon is included at the end of Ecclesiasticus (folio 193). The prologues are as listed in ‘Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries’, with the following exceptions: 2 Chronicles, no prologue; Job, Stegmüller 349; Psalms, Stegmüller numbers 430, 10470, and 1833, 1; Proverbs has two additional prologues, Stegmüller 456 and 455; Jeremiah has two additional prologues, Stegmüller 490 and 486; Pauline epistles, Stegmüller 670; both 1 and 2 Corinthians have an additional prologue, Stegmüller 690 and 697; Acts have an additional prologue, Stegmüller 633; the Catholic Epistles have two additional prologues, Stegmüller 807 and 806; 1 Peter, Stegmüller 815; 2 Peter, incipit `Per silvanium fidelem`; 1, 2 and 3 John, Stegmüller 822, 823 and 824; Jude, Stegmüller 825. Leaves containing Jude 19 to H in the interpretations of Hebrew names (Stegmüller 7709) have been cut out (folios 352-380). Other leaves containing 2 Chronicles, 32, verse 3 - 34, verse 31 (folio 120), Jeremiah 31, verse 7 - prologue to Amos (folios 218-253), and Amos 6, verse 13 - 1 Maccabees 1, verse 17 (folios 255-264) are missing. Capitula to Proverbs and Isaiah have been added in another hand (folios 166 verso, 193 verso), and are incomplete.

    Initials with red and blue decorative penwork throughout. The ferial divisions of the psalter are marked by large initials, except for Psalm 38; Psalm 95 also has a large initial. There are contemporary corrections and marginal notes throughout, including part of a commentary on Revelations (folio 351 verso).

    There are numerous 16th- and 17th-century pentrials, fragments of verse, and proverbs in the margins. Two of the notes (folios 279 verso, 282 verso) mention a `streate for the towneship of Tybroghton`: this is Tybroughton in Clwyd. The manuscript seems to have been in this area in the 16th century; there are inscriptions by `sir david curat of Bangor` (probably Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham) and Gruffithe James of Porthwgan (folios 214, 324). Other 16th-century names and ownership inscriptions are `Thomas ap John` and `Bartolus ex p ...` (folio i verso), Edward Thomas (folios 2, 51), Thomas Roberts (folio 33 verso), Thomas Puleston (folio 108 verso), Andrew Corbet and `Mr Bartholomew sylb ...` (folio 395 verso). Later inscriptions are `Char. [?] fil. Fulc ap Jo` ap Jhel bapt 25. Marcij, 1621` (folio i verso); `Ld G Hml`, possibly Lord George Hamilton, created Earl of Orkney in 1696 (folio i); `Newnham Thomas`, probably written by a child, 19th century (folio 1); and `J.D. Allan`, 19th century (front flyleaf). The manuscript belonged to the Reverend John Lee, Principal of Edinburgh University and was lot 51 in T Nisbet`s sale of his library, 4 April 1861. A letter, 1894, of Thomas Dickson to the Librarian of the Advocates` Library, dating the manuscript to the second half of the 12th century, is tipped onto the front flyleaf.

  • Arrangement

    Collation: 1¹² (+1 before 1), 2-5¹², 6¹⁰, 7-10¹², 11¹² (-2), 12-14¹², 15¹² (+1 after 12), 16¹⁴, 17-18¹², 19¹² (-2 to 11; +1 after 12), 20¹⁴, 21-25¹², 26¹⁶ (-11 to 16), 27¹⁶ (cut out, leaving stubs only), 28¹⁴ (-1 to 7), 29¹⁴. Catchwords parallel to the text on many gatherings. Medieval foliation. 2 columns of 57 lines. Ruling in ink. Folio i is part of a leaf from another manuscript, ruled in two columns and inserted sideways.

  • Bibliography

    Ker, N R. ‘Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries’, ii (Oxford, 1977).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Vellum. Binding of marbled paper over boards with leather spine and corners, 19th century.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    The manuscript was bequeathed to the Advocates’ Library in 1894 by R N Hayward.

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