MS. Lyell 1
The Gospel begins on fol. 4, and ends fol. 100, followed by: ‘Hoc in libro expositores sunt Beda et Augustinus’. Most of the glosses were written by the original scribe. The first beg. (fol. 2): ‘Omnibus divine scripture paginis evangelium excellit’, as in the Glossa Ordinaria, but there are many differences later. Further glosses were added in a near-contemporary hand, which also labelled some of the original glosses: Augustinus, Albinus, Anselmus, all frequently, and Ieronimus, Gregorius, B(eda), on one or two occasions. For the importance of the gloss see B. Smalley, The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, Oxford, 1952, p. vii. Her plate 1 reproduces part of fol. 4 of our MS.
Added at the end are:
Written by the original scribe: pr. Pitra, Spicilegium Solesmense III, pp. 397-8; cf. F. C. Burkitt in Texts and Studies III, 1 (1894), xxii-xxiii. Also in MS. Laud Lat. 89, fol. 154v.
On the front flyleaf are some pieces in 12th-13th-cent. hands:
Verses, two lines.
On the back flyleaf are records of payments (?) (12th cent.): (a) 'Petrus et Iohannes Ediva Emma Helewis. Alic'; (b) 'Rogerus Falim (?) et Mariarie ob. Ric. de Wike et Edit. ob. / Will. Rike ob. Iordan et Micesente ob. Edit. pro Will. ob. / Will. et Godelufe ob.' ; (c) 'Iordanus de Hade'.
Text in a central column of 16 lines ruled in pencil; gloss ruled independently.
Initials in green, red, and blue on fols. 2 and 4. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 127)
Bound in russia by R. Riviere at Bath c. 1840, rebacked, with armorial bookstamp of Sir Edward Dering, bt., apparently cut from an older binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine abbey of St Augustine (originally of St Peter and St Paul): identified by Mr. N. R. Ker as no. 182 in the 15th-cent. catalogue pr. M. R. James, Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover, Cambridge, 1903, p. 207, from the 2º fo. detur , which does not occur as a word or part of a word in the Preface to John, but appears in our MS. because redderetur was miswritten red-detur . The correction to redderetur was made by the scribe but could easily be missed.
Signature on front flyleaf of William Maskell (c. 1814-1890).
James P. R. Lyell, 1871–1948. Bought by Lyell in April 1940 from W. H. Robinson Ltd.; see their Cat. 71 (1940), no. 36.
Chosen as one of the hundred manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian by Lyell in 1948.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2022-07: Description revised to include all information from printed catalogue.