The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.10.21
Manuscript Title

Bible (in two parts, incomplete); Psalter

Alternative Title


James Number 232
Century 13th
Physical Description

Double columns of 42 lines. In a good hand: imperfect at the beginning and tender from damp. Three volumes in one, the second consisting of Psalter and Kalendar.


Given by Richard Graham July 23, 1680, the gift attested by Jo. North, Master. At the end of the second volume is (xvi) Iste liber pertinet ad me Christoferum Rogers teste John Lowerye curat’ de lanhidroke.

Donor Graham, Richard ( ),
Size (cm) 16.5 x 11.5
Folio 506 ff.
Binding Full speckled tanned calfskin over laminated paper boards; smooth, rounded tightback spine with applied leather title label and tooled gold bands.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

i-v + 1-507+vi-vii (when disbound).

A satisfactory collation is impracticable: some quires are of 20 leaves. (M. R. James)


This manuscript was disbound and conserved between 2018 and 2021. For the collation as revealed during the disbinding see these diagrams.

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I. Begins imperfectly Gen. xxvii. sub fin. in eum postea.
Prayer of Manasses follows 2 Par. without break.
1 Esdr. (Ezra) Neem. 2 Esdr. (=1 or 3 Esdr.) -Job.
On the verso of the last leaf of Job is a piece of Daniel x., xi. in a hand of cent. xiv.

II. Psalter. Kalendar.
The Kalendar has
4 Feb. Anniuersarium patrum et matrum.
24 May. Transl. b. Dominici conf.
6, 7 June. added obiit vxor per bania?
5 Sept. Anniuers. familiarium et benefactorum.
10 Oct. Anniuers. omnium fratrum ordinis nostri.
Whence I presume that the book belonged to a Dominican: but the Psalter and Kalendar are in a hand or hands slightly later than the rest.

III. Proverbs -2 Macc.
4 Evv., Act., Cath. Epp., Paul. Epp., Apoc.


Conservation of a Pocket Bible, Trinity College Cambridge Library Blog, Jan 2022

Scott, K. L., Later Gothic Manuscripts, 1390-1490: A survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles 6 (London, 1996) 2 vol.


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