The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.4.18
Manuscript Title

Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Gospels of Matthew and Mark

Alternative Title

Thomas Aquinas Super Mattheum et Marcum.

James Number 132
Century 14th
Physical Description

Double columns of 53 lines. In a round hand recalling the Italian hand of the time, but no doubt English. [See also B.4.19.]


Given by Nevile. From Christ Ch., Canterbury. Ingram, no.15. Thomas de aquino super math. et marc. 2 fo. mani figura.

Second Folio mani. Figura.
Religious House Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine Cathedral Priory (Christ Church)
Donor Neville [Nevile], Thomas (c. 1548–1615), College Head and Dean of Canterbury
Size (cm) 24.5 x 35
Folio 302 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

112-1912 (wants one after 6)-2512 264.

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f.1 has a beautiful initial and border. Initial. Pope Urban IV seated, in red chasuble over alb and red peaked mitre with single crown at base. He receives a book from Thomas who kneels on R. in Dominican habit. Blue ground. Border, at top a greyhound chases a rabbit to R.; on R. side, two small dogs.
At bottom: two trees, on L. a lion sits face R.: on R. a greyhound chases a rabbit to L.
f.1b has a similar border. At top a deer chases a dog, at bottom a white goat on L., and a greyhound chasing a hare to R.
f.3a, small initial, pink chequered ground. Matthew nimbed, beardless, writes at desk. The head of an angel in R. upper corner.
Border. At bottom a lion looks up at a bird in a tree: R. a dog runs towards him from R., by a tree.
f.224b. Two large initials, one decorative: in the other Mark, bearded, with red nimbus, sits writing at blue (?stone) desk. In a cloud on R. the lion's head with scroll in mouth inscribed MARCUS. Ground lozengy of blue with white fleurs de lys, and gold.
Border: at top, greyhound chases rabbit: at bottom dog and rabbit sit facing.

I. f.1 Prol. inc. Sanctissimo et reuerentissimo Vrbano.
-flumina reuertantur.
f.1b Gloss. Euangelii prenunciator apertus ysaias
Text begins f.3.
f.224 Gloss ends with extract from Leo, qui est deus benedictus in secula. Amen.

II. f.224b Reuerendo in christo patri Ambaldo
in offerentis munere comprehendat.
f.224b Gloss. Vocationem gentium
Text begins f.225
Gloss ends with extract from Theophilus,
quia te decet et sermonum et operum gloria. Amen.


James, M. R., The Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover (Cambridge, 1903), pp. 511, 513

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

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