MSS. Auct. E. inf. 1-2
Summary Catalogue no.: 2426
Summary Catalogue no.: 2427
Two volumes; for contents of each volume, see below (after Oakeshott (1981) 137–43).
Fine historiated and other initials. In three main styles. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 128, pls. XIII-XIV)
Oakeshott (1981) identified and named several artists, and observed that some artists completed the painting of initials drawn by other artists. Discussion continues regarding the time span over which the artists worked.
Leather over boards (Oxford, 1602).
Provenance and Acquisition
The 'Auct.' Bible was identified by Oakeshott (1981) with a bible described by Adam of Eynsham in his life of St Hugh of Lincoln. This was a 'fine and beautifully written' Bible which the monks of Winchester made for reading in the refectory. This was requisitioned by Henry II as a gift for St Hugh at Witham Priory, but was returned by Hugh (prior c. 1180–6) when he learned of how it had been obtained. The identification has been widely accepted but remains unproven.
Oakeshott further argued (1981) that the 'Auct.' Bible, although finished at Winchester Cathedral, had been started at St Alban's. These arguments were reviewed and rejected by R. M. Thomson, Manuscripts from St. Albans Abbey, 1066–1235 (1982), I.33–6.
The Auct. Bible was certainly at Winchester Cathedral Priory in the second half of the twelfth century, when its text was intercorrected with that of the Winchester Bible.
Presented by George Ryves (canon of Winchester from 1598, warden of New College from 1599) in 1602.
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Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile) [MS. Auct. E. inf. 1]
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile) [MS. Auct. E. inf. 2]
Digital Bodleian (65 images from 35mm slides) [MS. Auct. E. inf. 1]
Digital Bodleian (14 images from 35mm slides) [MS. Auct. E. inf. 2]
Last Substantive Revision
2019-07-02: Record revised.