St John's College MS. 8
Biblical books: Job, Acts, and the Catholic Epistles glossed
With Jerome’s standard prologue (Stegmüller, Bibl. 344) and the gloss beginning with a second (Stegmüller, Bibl. 349), the text accompanied by the ordinary gloss (Stegmüller, Bibl. 11800 [9:485–6]). Following the text proper is a sequence of additional readings (beginning ‘Nvmquid’), and a further gloss appears after the explicit: ‘Gregorius hoc modo opere precium credo quod fraternis auribus hoc quod in me latenter reprehendo in cunctanter aperio’. Fol. 147v is blank. Throughout our MS, chapter numbers of the text are noted in the bottom right corner of rectos in the ink of the text.
In the first portion of the manuscript (fols. 1–147), several final versos of quires have notations ‘correctus’, in the lower left corner. In fact, corrections appear throughout, usually small corrections written in informal hands marginally and connected to the text by signes de renvoi ; a few are written in a formal hand in marginal blue-ink boxes (e.g., fol. 82ra), and at fol. 230, an informal correction has been written by the scribe in an inked box.
with a prologue, Stegmüller, Bibl. 631, and the ordinary gloss (Stegmüller, Bibl. 11831 [9:529–31]). Stegmüller (9:531) cites the additional passage (beginning ‘Fluuius’) as a prologue to a gloss on Acts derived from the ordinary gloss.
In a flexible page format to accommodate text and gloss, ranging from long lines of variable sizes up to three columns (in the double-column format of opening folios, about 13 mm between columns). A generally fixed sense of the writing area as 225 × 142 mm. , in 41 lines of the gloss hand, 21 lines of the double-sized text hand. No prickings; bounded and ruled in black and bluish ink.
Written in gothic textura, a large display semiquadrata or prescissa for the text and a half-sized quadrata for the glosses. Punctuation by point and occasional punctus elevatus.
Headings in red.
At the head of the books, 6- to 8-line red and blue lombards on flourishing and with extended bar borders of the same.
Similar initials of 3 and 4 lines at the heads of chapters.
Marginal chapter numbers in roman in alternate red and blue (guides for these generally survive).
Sections of the gloss introduced by large alternate red and blue paraphs; within the text, alternate 1-line red and blue lombards on flourishing of the other colour.
Running titles with book names in alternate red and blue lombards.
A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, a modern paper flyleaf, and a medieval vellum flyleaf, half a bifolium whose stub shows before it; at the rear, a modern paper flyleaf and another marbled paper leaf (iv–v).
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Ego Henr’ de Walton’ Archidiaconus Richemond Istum librum de vita Iob do lego et assigno Henr’ de Walton’ scolari nepoti meo in proprietatem et dominium perpetuo possidend’ dat’ London’ xvjo die Iulij Anno domini Mlo CCC lixo’ (fol. iiiv); neither is in BRUO, but Walton’s service as archdeacon in York diocese 1349–59 is noted by John le Neve, ed. B. Jones, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541 VI Northern Province (London, 1963) 25.
An erased ex-libris ‘Liber ecclesie ⟨nearly the full line gone⟩ dedit e’ (fol. 1, lower margin).
‘Liber Collegii Sancti Iohannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Venerabilis virj Rich Butler Doctoris Theologiae Archidiac’ Northampt procurante Reuerendo in Christo Patre Iohanne Episcopo Roffensis 1613’ (fol. 1; below, along the leading edge, a brief list of contents, identifying the work as ‘Hieronimi Commentarius’). For Butler as a College benefactor, see Hunt, 63 and 65.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-11: First online publication