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MS. Douce 140

Summary Catalogue no.: 21714


Primasius, Commentary on the Apocalypse

CPL 873; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6988; ed. Primasius Episcopus Hadrumetinus : Commentarius in Apocalypsin, CCSL 92 (1985).

Capitula probably added by St Boniface before 716. Later annotations probably by St Dunstan before 956–7, fols. 4r-v, 5, 122.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 150 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 178 mm.


1 col., c. 170 × 130–140 mm. , 25–9 lines.


Produced by a group of insular scribes in an imitation of French half-uncial script


Penwork and coloured initials, some in minium.


Origin: 7th century, late, or 8th century, early (before 719) ; England, south-west (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps at Glastonbury Abbey in the 10th century when annotated by St Dunstan.

'Thys ys m. george mason ys bokke', early 16th cent., fol. 4, probably George Mason (d. by Oct. 1562), dean of Crediton, canon and prebendary of Exeter (etc.).

'Sum Johannis Blaxton liber', mid 16th cent., fol. 4, probably John Blaxon, fl. 1532–60, canon and prebendary of Exeter

Owned by Robert Burscough, rector of Totnes, Devon, in the late seventeenth century (Bernard, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (1697), no. 7626).

Walter Clavell, F.R.S., of the Inner Temple.

Clavell sale, March 1742, lot 27, sold for £27 17s. 6d. to Joseph Ames.

Ames sale, May 1760, lot 1350, sold to Mark Cephas Tutet for £10 10s.

Tutet sale, Feb. 1786, lot 511, sold to Samuel Tyssen for £8.

Tyssen sale, Dec. 1801, sold to Douce for £2 9s.

Bequeathed by Douce to the Bodleian in 1834.

Record Sources

Description (2018) largely based on The Douce Legacy (1984), no. 212, and Watson (see Bibliography). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue (1897).


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.