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St John's College MS 235 (fragments 62 and 68)

John of Garland, 'Dictionarius’ (binding fragments)


Language(s): Latin with some glosses in Anglo-Norman

JOHN OF GARLAND, 'Dictionarius',

with its standard accessus and gloss (including some glosses in Anglo-Norman), ed. Thomas Wright, A Volume of Vocabularies ([Liverpool], 1857), pp. 120–38. See the more recent discussion and edition, Tony Hunt, Teaching and Learning Latin in Thirteenth-Century England, 3 vols. (Cambridge, 1991), 1:191–203 (the accessus at 193; the contents of our fragment, sections 1–4, 6, 43–50 at 196, 199); and for glosses 3:125–56 passim .

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Vellum.
Extent: Fols. 4, two fragmentary bifolia.
Dimensions (leaf): 175 × 139 mm.


In double columns, each column 138 × 50 mm. , with 10 mm between columns, in 37 lines to the column (the text written on alternate lines to allow an interlinear gloss, broken by further paragraphs of gloss written on single lines). Prickings on no. 68; bounds and rules faded away.


The text written in gothic textura semiquadrata, the gloss in anglicana, s. xiv in.


Spaces for 3- and 4-line capitals, some filled with unflourished red lombards.

Some red-slashed capitals near the start and extended decorative paraphs in text ink at the head of gloss sections.

The gloss broken by small red paraphs.


Origin: s. xiv in.

Provenance and Acquisition

MS 235 is a collection of binding fragments removed from College books (medieval portions only). This entry is for fragments 62 and 68 only.

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.


    Tony Hunt, Teaching and Learning Latin in Thirteenth-Century England, 3 vols. (Cambridge, 1991).
    Thomas Wright (ed.), A Volume of Vocabularies ([Liverpool], 1857).

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Last Substantive Revision

2022-04: First online publication

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