Durham Durham Cathedral MS A.III.2

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Current locationDurham Cathedral
Current ShelfmarkDurham Cathedral MS A.III.2
Summary TitleLeviticus and Numbers, glossed
Creation Date Start1170
Creation Date End1200
Creation Date Statementlate 12th century
Collation FormulaBifolium, singleton glued on, (A) I-X8, XI6; (B) XII-XXV8
Pages / Foliosii+200+i f
Page: Lines45

"-3" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 1.

Volume: Height35.5 cm
Width23 cm
BindingReworked and rebacked by Tucketts in 1845, with the Romanesque blind-tooled covers (nearly complete for the front, partial for the back) laid onto the modern leather ones; protected by a decayed modern leather chemise, over wooden boards. The design on the blind-tooled front is dominated by a cruciform pattern formed from a central roundel surrounded by four half-roundels. The figural motifs are the Agnus Dei (at the centre of the central roundel), St Peter (repeated four times above, four times below the central roundel), and a horseman (repeated in a continuous line at both the top and the bottom of the panel as a whole). The figural motifs on the back are the Virgin and Child (central), David playing the harp (central, below the Virgin and Child), and a kneeling king (repeated in a continuous line towards both the top and the bottom).
Secundo folioVocavit autem Moysen
IIIF manifest:https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2m7w62f822h
Digitised online:https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2m7w62f822h.html
Media FormatManuscript
Durham Cathedral MS A.3.02

Creation PlaceNorthern France

Creator role:scribe

Creator notes:Upright and neat hand, more compressed in the gloss but still regular and clear by one scribe, who probably also wrote DCL MS A.III.17 and York Minster XVI.Q.5. Script:Written in Textualis semi-quadrata

Creator role:scribe

Creator notes:A contemporary correcting hand that noted corrected readings in the margins (some of which were indeed subsequently introduced to the main text by Scribe 1) and added expunctuation etc. to the main text. Also appears in the same capacity in DCL MSS A.III.17, A.III.19, and A.III.24, plus York Minster XVI.Q.5.


Channel-style decorated initials.

Associated person:Robert of Haddington, active later 12th centuryRole:(donor)

Evidence category: exlibris Content: Liber sancti Cuthberti de Dunelmo de dono magistri Roberti de Adigton Notes: flyleaf

Evidence category: exlibris Content: C ... De communi Dunelm' In le spendement Notes: f.2r

Evidence category: catalogue Content: C Levitici Numeri glo iio fo vocavit autem Notes: DCL MS B.IV.46, f.1v
See online in context: http://iiif.durham.ac.uk/index.html?manifest=t2msn009x76t&canvas=t2tkp78gg41k

Evidence category: catalogue Content: C Levitici Numeri glo iio fo vocavit autem Notes: DCL MS B.IV.46, f.34r, added marginal note “In claustro”
See online in context: http://iiif.durham.ac.uk/index.html?manifest=t2msn009x76t&canvas=t2t6t053g015

Evidence category: pressmark Content: C

Contained work:Leviticus, glossed


Contained work:Numbers, glossed


Two contemporary parts (A) f.2-86 (Leviticus), and (B) f.87-198 (Numbers) – that were made separately (each has its own series of quire signatures) but by the same scribe to the same specifications and which were brought together almost immediately. The probable date of the blind-stamped cover indicates that the whole volume was assembled very shortly after the two parts were written.


Catalogued:Rud 1825

Notes:p.22 Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/RudDCLmss/rudmsMETSfile.xml#page/28/mode/2up

Catalogued:Mynors 1939 Reference citation:135 Notes:p.79-80 Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/MynorsDCM/METSmynors.xml#page/78/mode/2up

Rud 1825 :- Codicum manuscriptorum ecclesiae cathedralis Dunelmensis catalogus classicus, descriptus a Thoma Rud ... cum appendice eos codices continente qui post catalogum confectum diversis temporibus comparati sunt, ed. Thomas Rud (Durham, 1825)

Catalogi veteres 1838 :- Catalogi veteres librorum Ecclesiae Cathedralis Dunelm. Catalogues of the library of Durham Cathedral, at various periods, from the conquest to the dissolution, including catalogues of the library of the abbey of Hulne, and of the mss. preserved in the library of Bishop Cosin, at Durham (London: J. B. Nichols, 1838)

Hobson 1929 :- Hobson, G., English Binding before 1500 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1929)

Mynors 1939 :- Mynors, R. A. B., Durham Cathedral manuscripts to the end of the twelfth century (Oxford: OUP, 1939)

De Hamel 1984 :- de Hamel, Christopher, Glossed books of the Bible and the origins of the Paris book trade (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Boydell Press, 1984)

Schmidt-Kunsemuller 1985 :- Schmidt-Künsemüller, F.A., Die abendländischen romanischen Blindstempeleinbände (Stuttgart: Hiersemann, 1985)