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St John's College MS. 104

Deuteronomy glossed


Language(s): Latin

Fols. 4ra–110rc
Incipit: Incipit liber addabarim id est deuteronomii Rabanvs hec sunt […] Principium deuteronomii titulus uidetur esse totius operis quia personam indicat […] [fol. 4rb, the text] Hec \sequentia/ sunt uerba \de se tanquam de alio loquitur […] / que locutus est moyses
Explicit: [fol. 110rb, the text ends] robustam magnaque mirabilia que fecit moises coram uniuerso israel [the gloss ends] per moisen data est gratia et ueritas per ihesum cristum qui est finis legis ad iusticiam omni credenti
Deuteronomy, with the ordinary gloss

Stegmüller, Bibl. 11785 (9:473–4). Substantial later additions, particularly in later portions, including a good deal written in plummet and crayon. Fols. 1v–2v have a table for Deuteronomy; fol. 3 is a washed waste leaf used here as a flyleaf.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: xxvii Attende (fol. 2)
Secundo Folio: -ab cepitque (fol. 5, text)
Secundo Folio: -dat conclusio (gloss)
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (FSOS/FHHF).
Extent: Fols. iv + 2 + i (numbered fol. 3) + 107 (numbered fols. 4–110) + iv (numbered fols. v–viii).
Dimensions (leaf): 258 × 175 mm.


a2 i 1–48 510 6–128 13?10 (if so, –10, probably blank). No catchwords; signed with roman numerals at the centre of the last leaf, quires 1–11 = i–xi. There is a stub, probably from the conjoint of fol. 102, after fol. v.


In a central column with flanking gloss columns:

the centre 168 × 62 mm. in 12–16 lines;

the gloss columns (seldom totally filled) ruled as 200 × 48 (along the leading edge) and 30 (gutter) mm.

Frequent prickings; bounded and ruled in stylus, lead, and black ink (the gloss columns typically ruled only as needed).


The text and gloss written in different styles, perhaps in different hands, of protogothic bookhand. Punctuation by point and medial point in the text, by point only in the gloss.


At the head, a red and gold 13-gloss-line high arabesque initial.

Red marginal markers to align the text and contents table, which divides the text into 144 capitula; red paraphs and some red-slashed capitals at textual divisions.


A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, two modern paper flyleaves, and a medieval vellum flyleaf (fol. iv); at the rear, a medieval vellum flyleaf (probably a former pastedown), two modern paper flyleaves, and another marbled paper leaf (v–viii).


Origin: s. xii ex. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'Hic est liber Sancte Marie de Rading’ Quem qui celauenit uel fraudem de eo fecerit anathema sit’ (fol. 1, above a college bookplate, the page otherwise blank) (Ker, MLGB 158).

‘Liber Collegij Divi Ioannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Magistri Ioannis Stonor de Northstoke in Comitatu Oxon’ Generosi’ (fol. 2, upper margin).

MS 104 - flyleaf (a)


Language(s): Latin

a. ivrv
Incipit: || facias protectione securos \rum/ per aluos \uum/ fac ser ⟨E⟩cce quam bonum et quam iocundum […] | [the verso] ⟨O⟩remus pro omni gradu ęcclesię
Explicit: fratribus nostris absentibus Saluos ⟨M⟩itte eis domine auxilium de sancto Et ||

An unfinished leaf from a monastic service book.

Physical Description

Support: vellum
Dimensions (written): 182 × 115–20 mm.


In long lines, 19 lines to the page. Prickings in the gutter; no bounds or rules.


Written in caroline, s. xii med.


Origin: s. xii med


Presumably a leaf from an older binding.

MS 104 - flyleaf (b)


Language(s): Latin

b. Fol 3

Fol. 3 is a washed waste leaf also probably from a service book (‘andreas apostolus’ visible near the foot of the verso). We are grateful to Malcolm Parkes for advice about this leaf.

Physical Description

Support: vellum
Dimensions (written): 190 × 115 mm.
(into the gutter)


In long lines, 18 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded in brown crayon, no rules.


So far as it is visible under ultraviolet light, the script appears to be continental caroline, perhaps from north-western France, s. xi2, with some portions in rustic capitals.


Origin: France (?); s. xi2

Additional Information

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)


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


    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).
    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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