St John's College MS. 38
Ps.-Jerome, Commentary on the Psalter
In long lines, 31 lines to the page. Frequent prickings (especially early on); bounded and ruled in black and reddish-brown ink.
Written in caroline, perhaps by more than one scribe; but the same distinguishing features which would set apart, for example, fols. 78–135v, appear for brief spaces, with other variations in duct, within consecutively written portions, for example, on fol. 254. Punctuation by point and punctus elevatus.
Headings in red or alternate lines of red and green (blanks for them not always filled at the head of the book, up to about fol. 50); the opening example in two lines, red and green, of rustic capitals.
At heads of individual psalms, 3- and 4-line high arabesque capitals, usually green with some red infill, but often red with green plant shapes and occasionally blue with red and green (two 5-line examples on fol. 1).
Many capitals with ochre wash, also applied to marginal diples to indicate quoted portions of the Psalter.
A later hand (s. xv?) has supplied psalm numbers in the margin.
See AT, no. 45 (8), dating c.1150.
A modern replacement. Sewn on four thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf and two modern paper flyleaves; at the rear, the same (iv–vi).
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Hoc continet in isto volumine Exposicio Ieronimi super Spalterium’ (on a vellum fragment 38–78 × 185 mm. , mounted on fol. iiiv, s. xiv1/2).
The pared upper edge of fol. 1 probably removed an earlier ex-libris.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-07: First online publication