The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark B.4.19
Manuscript Title

Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Gospels of Luke and John

Alternative Title

Thomas Aquinas Super Lucam et Iohannem.

James Number 133
Century 14th
Physical Description

Double columns of 53 lines. Uniform with B.4.18.


Given by Nevile.

On the 2nd fly-leaf is Liber magistri Symonis de Meppham. This is Simon Mepham, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1327 to 1333. This and the preceding volume are therefore from Christ Church, Canterbury. There is also a xvth cent. title on 2nd fly-leaf. I have little doubt that they are the volumes in Edwards, p.233, though the donor's name is not given. In Ingram, no.16 Thomas super luc. et joh. 2 fo. giamque eius.

Second Folio giam que
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 336 + 4 ff.
Material Parchment
Language Latin

a2 | 112-612 76 (wants one after 3) 812-1112 126 (wants one before 3) 1312-l612 176 || 112 212 310 412-1212 138 143 | b2.

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The decorative work is by the same hand as B.4.18.

f.1. Initial. Ground lozengy of blue and gold with fleurs de lys, as in no.2 of the other volume. A seated pope, in tall red peaked tiara without crown, and pink chasuble over alb, receives a book from Thomas, in Dominican habit kneeling on R. Small initial to Luke. Luke seated, writing at desk: over his head the head of the ox in a cloud, scroll in mouth, LUCAS.
Border with dogs and rabbits.
f.184. Large initial, almost absolutely identical with that on f.1. Border with greyhounds and rabbits.
f.184b. Small initial to John, like that to Luke: only that the eagle's head is put instead of the ox's. Decorative border.

I. Super Lucam.
f.1 Gloss. Inter cetera incarnationis christi
f.1 Text
Gloss ends f.183a; extr. from Theophilus,
cui est gloria et benedictio et uirtus in secula. Amen.
Four Amens follow. f.183b is blank.

II. Super Iohannem.
f.184 Gloss. Diuine uisionis sublimitate illustratus
f.184b Text
Gloss ends f.335. Crisostomus, facere que uolebat quia ipse est super omnia deus bened. in sec. Amen.
f.335b and fly-leaves blank.


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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