A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

St John's College MS 129

John glossed


Language(s): Latin

Fols. 1–84:
Incipit: [the gloss] Omnibus diuine scripturȩ paginis eugelium [sic for euangelium] excellit quia quod lex et prophete […]
Rubric: [the prologue] Incipit prologus in Iohannem
Incipit: Hic est Iohannes Evagelista [sic for Evangelista] unus ex discipulis dei […] [fol. 2vb, the text] In \In patre qui est principium sine principio […] / principio erat verbvm et uerbum \vt alia persona/ erat apud deum […] [the gloss] Sum uerbum duplicem habet significacionem aliquando enim temporales motus
Explicit: [fol. 84ra, the text ends] mundum capere eos qui scribendi sunt libros [fol. 84rb, the gloss ends] salua fide rerum plerumque uerba uideantur excedere fidem per iperbolem
John, with the ordinary gloss (Stegmüller, Bibl. 11830 [9:527–8]), preceded by the regular prologue, Stegmüller, Bibl. 624.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: omnia (gloss)
Secundo Folio: -sin redderetur (text)
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (HSOS/HFFH).
Extent: Fols. iii + 84 + v (numbered fols. iv–viii).
Dimensions (leaf): 228 × 135 mm.


1–108 114. Catchwords generally cut away in whole or part; no signatures.


Ruled for a central text column and two gloss columns, the text column 143–5 × 45 mm. , in 18 lines to the page;

the gloss columns each the same height (occasionally extending into the upper or lower margins) x 20 mm (gutter) and x 40 mm (leading edge), in 47 or 48 lines to the page.

Prickings; bounded and ruled in stylus and brownish ink.


Written in two sizes of protogothic bookhand. Punctuation in the text by point and punctus interrogativus; in the gloss by point and punctus elevatus.


Most headings are s. xv supply in ink, an original one in red at the head of the prologue.

Space (filled later) for a 6-text-line capital at the head of the prologue, a comparable arabesque capital in red and green at the head of the text.

At heads of chapters, 1- or 2-line arabesque capitals in red, green, or text ink.

On the blank fol. 84v, pen drawings of altars and of Christ sliding from the cross (a deposition without any further figures).

A drawing of a shrine or reliquary (fol. 9), and further drawings of various implements (e.g. crossed swords, fol. 14; pincers, fol. 16, etc.).

See AT, no. 56 (9).


A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, a modern paper flyleaf and a medieval vellum flyleaf (a pastedown in a former binding, with a College bookplate on the verso); at the rear three vellum flyleaves, one of modern paper, and another marbled paper leaf (iv–viii). The third rear vellum flyleaf (fol. vi) has been a pastedown in an earlier binding.


Origin: s. xii ex. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

No information.

Record Sources

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


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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

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