St John's College MS. 9
with the normal prologues (Stegmüller, Bibl. 590, 607, 620, 624 respectively) and the ordinary gloss (Stegmüller Stegmüller, Bibl. 11827–30 [9:521–9]). Mark begins at fol. 76rb, Luke at 123ra, John at 202ra. The explicit cited comes from an extra gloss, with signe de renvoi but no apparent point of attachment to the text. The Gospels are separated by blank spaces: more than half of fol. 75v after Matthew, most of fol. 121v and all of 122 after Mark, about half of 201v after Luke, and all of 253, except the few lines at the top of the last text column.
The blanks at the ends of each Gospel, especially in conjunction with the separate numeration of the leaves in each, imply that each portion of the production was considered in some sense separable. Thus, at the foot of fol. 75v, probably the same hand which has added catchwords notes the number of leaves to this point, ‘75’. Similarly, fol. 121v has ‘46’, 201v ‘79’, and 252 ‘51 summa 251’ (i.e., ignoring the leaf with no text, fol. 122?). However, in structural terms, the book represents only two separate campaigns; the blank uncancelled leaf, fol. 122, at the end of the anomalous quire 10, marks the boundary between the two production units.
In varying column formats, depending on the extent of glossing, most usually a writing area 228 mm high with the text-column of c.77 mm and a gloss column of c.60 mm along the leading edge, with 5 mm between columns, in 26 text lines to the page (52 lines for the half-sized gloss hand). A substantial number of surviving prickings for gloss lines; bounded and ruled in black ink.
Written in two sizes of gothic textura quadrata, with rather club-headed tops to minims. The text is written below the top line, the gloss above it. Punctuation by point and occasional punctus elevatus.
No headings. 12-line red and blue lombards on red flourishing at the heads of the books; alternating 1-line blue and red examples on flourishing of the other colour at the heads of chapters and some verse divisions.
Chapters marked by alternating blue and red roman numerals in the margin.
Running titles in alternate blue and red lombards with terminal flourishes in red and blue.
See AT no. 661 (66).
Brown reversed calf over millboards,? late s. xvii. Sewn on six thongs. A chain staple mark in Watson’s position 6. Two pairs of cloth ties to close the book. At the top of the spine a gold ‘9’, and a fragment of a pasted paper label ‘45’ on the back cover. A College bookplate on the front pastedown. ‘Gloss in eua 9’, in black ink on the leading edges.
Two modern paper flyleaves at front and rear.
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Est hic Liber Glossae Interlinearis in 4or. Evangelia cum brevibus Commentis annexis’ (fol. ii, s. xvii).
‘Liber Collegii Sancti Iohannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Venerabilis virj Guilielmi Laud Sacre Theologiae Doctoris Ecclesiae Cathedralis Gloucest’ et ejusdem Collegii Praesidis 1620’ (fol. 10). For Laud’s benefactions, see Hunt, 68; the MS appears as Laud Exhib. no. 9 (9).
MS 9 - Pastedowns
In double columns, each column 305 × 85 mm. , with 18 mm between columns, in 54 or 55 lines to the column.
Written in textura rotunda, s. xiv/xv.
Alternate red and blue paraphs on frames of the other colour at the heads of individual entries.
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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