The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.1.13
Manuscript Title

Glossed Proverbs and Ecclesiastes

Alternative Title

Parabolae et Ecclesiastes Glosati.

James Number 12
Century 12th
Physical Description

Text 17 lines to a page, gloss 45 lines.In two hands, one round and tall, the other pointed.


Given by Whitgift. Probably from Buildwas. [Ker (1964) rejected Buildwas, but Sheppard (1997) re-established the volume as from Buildwas having belonged to Master Robert Amiclas]

Second Folio principium
Religious House Buildwas, Shropshire, Cistercian Abbey
Donor Whitgift, John (1530/31?–1604), Archbishop of Canterbury, Master of Trinity
Size (cm) 25 x 17.5
Folio 77 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

a8-g8 h10 | i8 k4 (wants 4 blank).

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Contents :
Parabole Salomonis secundum hebraicam ueritatem translate ab eusebio Ieronimo presbitero petente chromatio et heliodoro episcopis. Ieronimus.
f.1 Iungat epistola quos iungat sacerdotium
Gloss. Parabole grece latine similitudines.
Ends f.60b
Explicit liber prouerbiorum habens uersus mille dutos. xlta.
2. Incipit (prologus beati) Ieronimi (presbiteri in libro) ecclesiastes.
f.60b Memi(ni me) hoc ferme
Gloss. Tribus nominibus uocatum fuisse salomonem.
The hand changes at f.67.
Ends f.76
Explicit (added: liber diuine doctrine).
Gloss ends: cum uideatur in multis ad uoluptates hortari.
Pencil notes on the verso.
f.77. Hec acta sunt in ecclesia S. petri et pauli apud London. Anno domini millesimo cco. Liij.
f.77b (xv). Bonum vinum et suaue bibit abbas.
Ego sum bonus puer quem dominus amat.
A few pencil notes.


Ker, N. R., Medieval Libraries of Great Britain, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks 3, 2nd edn (London, 1964)

Sheppard, J. M., The Buildwas Books: Book Production, Acquisition and Use at an English Cistercian Monastery, 1165-c.1400, Oxford Bibliographical Society Publications 3rd ser. 2 (Oxford, 1997), no. 38, pp. 194-7 + fig. 31.

Sheppard, J. M., 'Some Twelfth-Century Monastic Bindings and the Question of Localization', in Making the Medieval Book: Techniques of Production, ed. L. Brownrigg, Proceedings of the Fourth Conference of The Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford, July 1992 (London, 1995), pp. 181-98, at pp. 194, 198 n. 40.

Smalley, B., 'Les commentaires bibliques de l'époque romane: glose ordinaire et gloses perimées', Cahiers de civilisation médiévale 4 (1961), 15-22.

Gabriel, A. L., 'The Source of the Anecdote of the Inconstant Scholar', Classica et Mediaevalia 19 (1959), 152-76.

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