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St John's College MS 20

Haymo (? of Auxerre) on Isaiah


Language(s): Latin

Fols. 1ra–178vb
Rubric: Incipit expositio HAIMONIS super ysaiam prophetam Prefatio
Incipit: ⟨Y⟩saias propheta nobili prosapia ortus filius fuit amos non tamen illius […]
Rubric: [fol. 1rb, the text] Incipit liber ysaie prophetȩ
Incipit: Visio ysaie filij amos […] Mos et usitata consuetudo est scriptorum qui nobis sacras litteras ministrant
Explicit: de reproborum damnatione sed de sua liberatione
Final rubric: Explicit expositio HAIMONIS Super ysiam prophetam
HAYMO (? OF AUXERRE), Commentarii in Isaiam (Stegmüller, Bibl. 3083 [3:11]), ed. PL 116:715–1086, probably the work of HAYMO OF AUXERRE (fl. 840–65), not the better-known bishop of Halberstadt. A good many corrections in later hands, at first mostly marginal, later with lines erased and correct readings supplied in brown ink.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: locutus
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (HSOS/HFFH).
Extent: Fols. i + 178 + i (numbered fol. ii).
Dimensions (leaf): 353 × 235 mm.


1–218 2210. Catchwords (most cut away); no signatures.


In double columns, each column 247 × 75 mm. , with 12 mm between columns, in 37 lines to the page. Regular prickings in both margins; bounded and ruled in black ink.


Written in protogothic bookhand. Punctuation by punctus, punctus elevatus, and punctus interrogativus.


Headings in red at the head and end of the text.

Many unfilled spaces for initials, and a few 5-line red, blue, and green arabesque capitals at chapter divisions (generally within fols. 36v–56v only).

One-line capitals in text ink to divide the text.

Later running titles to indicate chapter divisions.

A sketched illustration of Isaiah forming part of a vinework V (fol. 1rb) and a dragon and vinework initial with partial ochre colouring at ch. 6 (fol. 20vb).

Line runovers at the column foot are set off with decoration, changing as the copying proceeds: first human heads, then mostly animal ones, then paraphs; at fol. 35rb, the paraph later extended into the drawing of a lion; late in the book, chain-like designs.

See AT no. 24 (6) and plate ii (fol. 1rb).


A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. Single modern paper flyleaves at the front and rear (ii).


Origin: s. xii med. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Ker, MLGB 135 assigns the MS, with a query, to St Andrew’s Northampton (OClun); a possible library shelfmark ‘B.g.’ (fol. 1, upper margin centre). What may be another old shelfmark, ‘56’, appears at the foot of the leaf.

‘Iohan Backhous⟨ ⟩ me possidet [with a mark] precij 4 s. = d' (fol. 1, upper margin). For Backhouse, another Northants. rector, as a source of Richard Butler’s books, see Hunt, 65–6.

‘Liber Collegij Sanctj Iohannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Venerabilis virj Richardi Butler Doctoris Theologiae Archidiaconi Northampt’ procurante Reuerendo in christo Patre Iohanne Episcopo Roffensi 1613’ (fol. 2, upper margin).

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) (with correction to page range cited for Hunt 1975)


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact St John's College Library.


    Richard Hunt, 'St John's College Donors: Donors of manuscripts to St John's College Oxford during the presidency of William Laud 1611–1621'. In Hunt ed al. (eds.), Studies in the Book Trade in Honour of Graham Pollard. Oxford Bibliographical Society Publications NS 18 (1975), pp. 63–70.
    N. R. Ker, Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books. Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks. 2nd edn. (London, 1964), extended by Andrew G. Watson, MLGB: Supplement to the Second Edition. RHS Guides and Handbooks 15 (1987).
    Jacques-Paul Migne (ed.), Haymonis Halberstatensis episcopi Opera Omnia. Patrologia Latina 116 (Paris, 1852).
    Friederich Stegmüller, Repertorium Biblicum Medii Aevi, 11 vols. (Madrid, 1950–80).

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Last Substantive Revision

2021-08: First online publication

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