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MS. Auct. E. inf. 6

Summary Catalogue no.: 2051


Psalter (Pss. lxxiv-c), with gloss of Peter Lombard

Edited by Herbert of Bosham.

Rubric: Secunda pars Psalterij. Glosa magistri Hereberti de Boseham [a 13th cent. title on fol. ii]

Companion volume to Trinity College, Cambridge, MSS. B. 5. 4, 6–7 (150, 152–3).

Rubric: Prefacio Herberti ...
Incipit: Cum liber Psalmorum
(fols. 140–1)
Short commentary on the Psalter
Incipit: Primo uidendum quid sit Psalterium ad litteram
(Stegmuller 3229,1, attributed with query to Herbert of Bosham)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 + 142 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 467 × 320 mm.


2 cols., 52 lines, column space 310 × 78 mm.


Fine miniatures.

Historiated initials.

Other initials (partly mutilated). (Pächt and Alexander iii 201, pl. XX)

Illuminated initials (some historiated), coloured initials and headings.


Origin: 1173 × 1176 ; France, Paris (?) References in the dedication to Thomas Becket as 'saint' show that the book was written after his canonization in February 1173, and since the dedication is to William, archbishop of Sens, it must have been written before the latter's translation to Reims in 1176.

Provenance and Acquisition

The Christ Church, Canterbury inscription '.BOS.', fol. ii, indicates that the book came to Christ Church from Herbert of Bosham. C. F. R. de Hamel (in Manuscripts at Oxford, viii.1), suggested that he was also scribe and illumintator. Herbert was in France from 1170 to 1184 and in Paris for part of the period 1173–1176; since the style of decoration is Parisian it is likely the book was written there.

Christ Church, Canterbury: inscription, fol. ii., and shelfmark 'D'.ij.Gª.xi.': no. 855 in Eastry's catalogue, no. 46 in Ingram's catalogue.

Richard Colfe, prebendary of Canterbury, d. 1613 (de Hamel, 'Dispersal of the library of Christ Church', in Books and Collectors 1200–1700, ed. Carley and Tite, 273).

Given to the Bodleian by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Colfe in 1616.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 201
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (29 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2018-07-30: Description updated to include all information from Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.