Durham Durham Cathedral MS B.III.15

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Current locationDurham Cathedral
Current ShelfmarkDurham Cathedral MS B.III.15
Summary TitleIsidore Sententiae and Gregory Dialogi
Creation Date Start1200
Creation Date End1300
Creation Date Statement(A) and (B) early 13th century; (C) 13th century
Collation FormulaI-IV8, V10 ; I-VII8, VIII7 (=8 with leaf 8 cancelled) ; 3 bifolia
Pages / Foliosii+111+ii f
Page: Lines
Volume: Height32 cm
Width22 cm
BindingStandard Tuckett binding, mid 19th century full brown calf over thick wooden boards (Charles Tuckett, binder to the British Museum, rebound many Durham manuscripts in the 19th century)
Secundo foliosurgens ad creatorem
IIIF manifest:https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m1j92g7472
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Media FormatManuscript
Durham Cathedral MS B.3.15

Creation Place(A) and (B) England; (C) Northern Europe

Creator role:scribe

Creator notes:Section (A) - Isidore. Probably by a single scribe, with corrections by several hands. Script:Written in Textualis semi-quadrata

Creator role:scribe

Creator notes:Section (B) - Gregory. Written by an undetermined number of scribes. Script:Written in Textualis semi-quadrata

Creator role:scribe

Creator notes:Section (C) - fragment of Bernard of Pavia Script:Written in Textualis semi-quadrata


Evidence category: exlibris Content: D de communi libraria monachorum Dunelm. Notes: f.1*r, late 14th century
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Evidence category: catalogue Content: D Tres libri Ysideri de summo bono et libri quatuor Dialogorum beati Gregory pape. iio. fo. Surgens ad creatorem Notes: Cloister catalogue 1395 (DCL MS B.IV.46), f.25v
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The manuscript is made up of three sections but the dates at which they were joined together are unclear. The earliest certain evidence for the current state is the early modern foliation that runs throughout the volume as presently constituted. (A) and (B) were clearly together by 1395 as the entry in the 1395 Cloister Catalogue clearly refers to both. Informal jottings on Part C indicate that it had been scrapped by 15th/16th century; however, the extreme weathering on f.105v (the final page of (B) - including staining which is not echoed on f.106r (the first of (C)) - suggests that (C) was not joined to (B) for several centuries. A post-dissolution contents list on f.1v only includes the first two items and Rud does not mention (C) in his catalogue


Catalogued:Rud 1825

Notes:p.160 Does not mention section (C) Online:http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=bookreader/RudDCLmss/rudmsMETSfile.xml#page/166/mode/2up

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)