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Exeter College MS. 37

Augustine of Hippo, Enarrationes in psalmos 101–150; England, s. xiv¼


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1r-224r)
Augustine of Hippo, Enarrationes in psalmos 101–150
Rubric: Aurelii Augustini egregii oratoris tractatus prior de psalmo centesimo 1º incipit.
Incipit: Ecce vnus pauper erit
Explicit: [fol. 108v] exaudiente prestare. vt [iustificaciones] ||
Incipit: || [fol. 109r] Incipit de psalmo cº. xixº. Breuis psalmus est
Explicit: omnis spiritus laudet dominum.
Final rubric: Explicit Aurelij Augustini episcopi tractatus de psalmo cl. Explicit.

Stegmüller, Bibl., 1463; pr. PL 37. 1293–1966; ed. E. Dekkers and J. Fraipont, CC 40 (1966). CPL 283. The loss of a quire between quires 9 and 10 (fols. 108/9) leads to a gap in the text, PL 37. 1585/30 to 1596/22, CC 40. 1763/17 to 1776/1. A corrector, s. xv, writing anglicana, inserted omitted passages in margins and wrote the opening words of each psalm in top righthand corners; he did the same in MS 38.

Fol. 224v is blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: nem meam.
Form: codex
Support: parchment FHHF
Extent: 224 leaves preceded and followed by one 18th-century paper flyleaf
Dimensions (leaf): 307 × 225 mm.
Dimensions (written): 238 × 75 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in ink, s. xv, and pencil, s. xx.


1–1812 198. Catchwords by scribes. Quires signed with small letters and roman figures as far as the sixth leaf, also lettered in pencil on recto of first leaf, presumably by the 18th-century binder.


Two columns, 40–52 lines. Frame-ruled in crayon.


Written in several anglicana hands, some showing secretary influence. Punctuated by low point, punctus elevatus, and punctus interrogativus.


On fol. 1r is an illuminated 4-line initial extended to form a half-border. Main colours are blue and brown. A hole in the lower margin suggests that a coat of arms has been excised.

Before each psalm are 4/5-line lombards, blue flourished red. Lemmata underlined red; red stroking. Alexander and Temple, no. 426.


Sewn on five bands. Standard Exeter binding: simple and quite elegant, calf over millboards, the calf bearing blind decoration of a floral type, early 19th century. On the spine is a red leather label with the title in gold. Endbands are lost.


Origin: s. xiv¼ ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

It is not known when the volume came to Exeter but unless we suppose that this manuscript and MS 38 were together before coming to the College (for which there is no evidence) their sharing a common history in the fifteenth century, shown by the presence of the hand of that date that added the opening words of psalms (see above), makes it very probable that they were both in the College then. One of them may indeed be the book referred to in the Rector’s Accounts for summer 1419, ‘Item Vs pro vno libro beati Augustini.’ Both are recorded as being in the library c. 1600 (Ecloga, nos. 28 and 22 respectively) and at the end of the 17th century (CMA, nos. 29 and 22 respectively).

On fol. 109 (as in MSS 28 fol. 173 (172), 38 fol. 94 and 40 fol. 47) a tab to bear a title was created, all that can now be read on this one being ‘Aug Ps’.

Exeter library identifications are, on the front pastedown, ‘P8—6 Gall’ (deleted), ‘173–H–2’, ‘Ex: Coll: Oxon:’, ‘Coxe Cat. no. XXXVII’ and the book stamp. On the spine is a round paper label with ‘2’ on it.

Record Sources

Andrew G. Watson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Exeter College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2000.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Rector and Fellows of Exeter College.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-29: First online publication

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