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MS. Junius 11

Summary Catalogue no.: 5123

The Junius or Caedmon manuscript


Ed. G. P. Krapp, The Junius Manuscript, Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records 1, New York: Columbia University Press, 1931.

Genesis (Genesis A, Genesis B)

Large parts of Genesis in Old English verse translation


Exodus (cc. 13, 14) in Old English verse translation


Daniel (cc. 1–5) in Old English verse translation

Christ and Satan (Old English verse)
Language(s): Old English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Important miniatures (one painted in part, p.11, the rest drawings). By two hands, pp. 1–68, and pp. 73–88, the second using coloured inks. Decorative designs, pp. 225, 230. Fine initials. Unfinished drawings, pp. 31, 96, added 12th century, second half. Drawings in hard point of uncertain date, pp. 12 and 70. Illumination not completed. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 34, pl. IV)


Origin: 10th century, late - 11th century, early; added decoration, 12th century, second half ; English, Canterbury, Christ Church (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine cathedral priory of Holy Trinity or Christ Church (?) : (MLGB3: inferred evidence).

James Ussher (1581--1656), archbishop of Armagh. (MLGB3)

Cf. James, ALCD, pp. xxv, 509. The mark noted by James is not a pressmark. E. W. B. Nicholson withdrew his opinion that the MS. was from Winchester (see Bodleian copy of ALCD). (MLGB3)

Franciscus Junius, 1589–1677

Received by the Bodleian by 1677

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1937). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).


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Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.