St John's College MS. 20
Haymo (? of Auxerre) on Isaiah
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).
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).
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-08: First online publication