MS. Bodl. 331
Summary Catalogue no.: 2323
Genesis begins at fol. 2; Exodus at fol. 72v; Leviticus at fol. 119v; and Numbers at fol. 147.
The prologue is a dedication to Henry II of England by the author, Peter of Blois. The main text is a short Life of Job, chiefly from Job i-ii, xlii.
Pächt and Alexander iii. 370, pl. XXXII
Fine fleuronnée initials
The binding in 1655 was velvet, and the title on a label, metal bosses, clasps, clasp-fittings and corner pieces were re-imposed on a leather binding made in the second half of the 17th century. The bosses have now disappeared. (For a list of manuscripts with comparable bindings, see MS. Bodl. 218)
Provenance and Acquisition
St Albans, Hertfordshire, Benedictine abbey of St Alban: At the head of fol. 1r is an erased ex libris, which appears to be of the familiar St Albans style. The book in its general appearance resembles other St Albans books of similar date. (MLGB3: evidence from an inscription consisting of a title or, when a pressmark, a personal name in the genitive case).
Presented by Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham, in 1604
MS. Bodl. 331, fols. vii-viii
Elegiac poem of 110 lines on the Resurrection
Written in a much looser hand of the 13th century
Last Substantive Revision
2022-11-17: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)