MS. Bodl. 218
Summary Catalogue no.: 2054
The commentary in six books (see fols. 36, 62, 88, 114v, 141v): preceded by the 'Epistola Accae episcopi ad Bedam presbyterum de postulanda expositione in Lucam', and Bede's answer (ep. 9; fols. 1r, 1v), and a list of the chapters of the whole work (fol. 3).
Added in southern (?) England in the 11th century (?): preface for the mass of the Assumption (Qui mortis imperium sua gloriosa nece); troped Ite missa est (Ite perhennis concives patriae); responsory in honour of St. Scholastica (Virgineo honore es ornata); Ite missa est and Benedicamus. All with musical notation, except for the preface.
Insular corrections and additions.
Adiastematic and half diastematic Canterbury neums, fol. 165v
Marginal drawings in pen and with a pencil (partly erased) added c. 1000 to a Tours MS. of 9th century, beginning (P&A iii. 32, pl. III).
Balck velvet with brass clasp-fittings (clasps and side-bosses gone); title label on parchment on the front cover.
Provenance and Acquisition
Corrections and additions in English hands, 9th and 11th centuries.
Royal binding for Henry VIII.
Charles Howard, earl of Nottingham (d. 1624): possibly confiscated by his father, William Howard (d. 1573), from Thomas Copley (1532-84) of Gatton, Surrey, and perhaps obtained by Copley from the royal library at Nonsuch (Carley in Books and Collectors 1200-1700 (1997)).
Presented by him in 1604.
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Last Substantive Revision
2018-07-27: Revised to incorporate information from van Dijk and additional information frmo SC and P&A.