The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark O.5.8
Manuscript Title Glossed Epistles of St Paul
Alternative Title Epistolae Pauli Glossatae.
James Number 1289
Century 12th
Physical Description 25 lines of text and 50 of gloss to a full page. Exquisitely written and finely ornamented.
Provenance Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738.Marked A. 8. (No. 8). From St Alban's. At the top of f.2 in red, in a hand of cent. xiii, is
Deleuerit Anathema sit. Amen.
On the same page in a bad xvith hand
pape cum eius autoritate abrenuntio
Henricus Smyth.
The volume closely resembles the glossed Gospels from St Alban's in B.5.3.
Religious House St Albans, Hertfordshire, Benedictine Abbey
Donor Gale, Roger (1672-1744), Antiquary
Size (cm) 39 x 28
Folio 236 ff.
Binding Original binding brown skin over boards: two clasps mutilated.
Material Parchment
Language Latin
Collation 18-258 268 (wants 4, 5) 278-298 308 (wants 7, 8).The quires are usually numbered in Roman figures on the last leaf of each.
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Epistolae Pauli glosatae.
f.1 Principia rerum inquirenda sunt prius
-Premittit autem salutationem dicens.
It is the gloss attributed to Peter Lombard.
The gloss on Romans begins on f.1b. The text on f.2. The text is written in a magnificent round hand twice as large as that of the gloss. The names of the authorities are in red in the margin.
Initial to prologue, fine interlaced work, and panelled stalk.
Prol. to Rom. Half-length of Paul with book.
Rom. Exquisite interlaced work in the head. In head and stalk are medallions of a blue man fighting a red man, a fox and a bear, a blue animal addressing a crowd of smaller black ones, a dragon eating a snake (?), two mailed horsemen fighting, a blue man wrestling with a bear (?). The letter is on a ground of blue.
1 Cor. f.60. Bolder design: good medallions of foliage in the stalk.
2 Cor. f.102b. The same artist as the last, a man piercing a blue beast.
Prol. to Gal, f.127b. Half-length of Paul with blank scroll.
Gal. Finest interlaced work, with white beasts. Ground of pale purplish blue.
Prol. to Eph. f.148b. Interlaced work and white beasts: rougher work.
Eph. Similar: the stalk formed by a large figure of a nude man with slate-coloured body and vermilion head.
Prol. to Phil. f.163b Similar to the last, but without the man's figure.
Phil. ditto
Prol. to Col. f.173b. As the last: a red dog from the stalk of the letter.
Col. Half-length of a white-bearded bishop in mitre cope and crozier blessing. Gold ground.
Prol. to 1 Thess. f.183. Interlaced work.
1 Thess. Paul seated, writing in a book. The letter is gold, the ground within, red, without, lilac.
Prol. to 2 Thess. f.190. Fine decorative work.
2 Thess. The stalk formed by a blue dog, head down, with dragon in mouth. In the head of the letter, gold branch-work on lilac ground: unusual and striking.
Prol. to 1 Tim. f.194b. Decorative: the stalk is a blue man with horses' hoofs.
1 Tim. Half-length of a Bishop in blue chasuble with crozier and black sash.
Initials to 2 Tim. gone.
Titus, f.209b. One initial serves for Prologue and text.
Philemon. f.213. Half-length of Paul with scroll.
Heb. f.214b. Interlaced work, with small beasts, of the finest kind.
Ends imperfectly in Heb. x.13: scabellum pedum eius.


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