St John's College MS. 34
In double columns, each column 205 × 55 mm. mm, with 11 mm between columns, in 45 lines to the column.
Bounded and ruled in black and brown ink. Written above top line. Very occasional prickings survive (especially early on).
Written in gothic textura semiquadrata. Punctuation by point, and occasional punctus elevatus
Headings in red.
At the heads of books, a line of alternating red and blue 2-line arabesque capitals with flourishing.
Sections within books set off by 2-line arabesque capitals, alternating red and blue with flourishing of the other colour; inset glosses begin with 1-line alternating red and blue arabesque capitals.
Red running titles to indicate the biblical book (ending at fol. 117v, a quire bound); some effort to supply them in pencil in later portions.
On fol. 1ra a very damaged 25-line I in gold leaf (originally with violet-brown infill, now faded?) on a dark blue ground. At fol. 52va (the start of Joshua, similarly fol. 62rb, Kings), an 18-line L in gold with blue infill on a violet-brown ground. Similar rather crude champes later: 6-line at Tobit (fol. 101ra), 8-line for the gospels (126va), 7-line for Acts (162rb).
See AT, no. 654 (65), dated c.1200.
A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper and a paper flyleaf; at the rear, two paper flyleaves and a marbled paper one (iii–v).
Provenance and Acquisition
Two lines of Latin medical notes, perhaps verse (on a bit of vellum 85 mm x 135–50 mm, mounted on the front pastedown, s. xiii ex.)
‘‘Liber Collegij Sanctj Iohannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Magistrj Iohannis Lambe Registrarij Petriburgensis’’
(fol. 2, upper margin). Our MS appears in Laud Exhib Addenda .
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-11: First online publication