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The Dover Bible, Volume I(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Bibliorum Pars I
Codicology:Vellum, 547 x 372 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), (21.7 x 14.5 in.), ff. 273, double columns of 45 lines. Cent. xii, in a fine hand much resembling that of MS 2.
Collation: I4? (wanting 1, 4) II8-XXXV8 (wants 8). Old foliation and numeration of quires incorrect.
Provenance:From St Martin's Priory, Dover. On the lower margin of f. 4r is the press-mark of that house:
“:
: I : Prima pars Biblie ... es inter omnia animancia ... 273.”
It is entered in the old catalogue of 1389.
See my Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover, pp. 413, 522
Foliation: ff. i + 1-273(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
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The Dover Bible, Volume I (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
f. 1 gone
1r
(2r)
Incipit:
Incipit ordo librorum catholicorum qui in ecclesia romana ponuntur in anni circulo ad legendum
1r
Explicit:
In octauas theophanie eosdem psalmos easdemque lectiones quas in theophania preter has festiuitates quas superius diximus
1r
(2r)
Rubric:
Incipit prologus Jeronimi presbiteri in Genesim
1r
Incipit:
Desiderii mei
2r
(3r)
Capitula (84)
f. 4 (frontispiece to Genesis with word IN) gone
3r
(5r)
Genesis, beginning: “principio” : four lines in large coloured capitals
23r
(25r)
Rubric:
Explicit liber Bresith id est Genesis. Incipiunt capitula libri Hellesmoth idest Exodus
23r
Capitula (149)
24r
(26r)
Initial to Exodus of fine conventional foliage on blue ground. It contains a bust of Jacob in medallion in the cross-bar of the H and busts of the twelve patriarchs in four groups of three below
41r
(43r)
Capitula to Leviticus (89)
41v
Initial to Leviticus: decorative, contains lion and dragon
53v
(55v)
Capitula to Numbers (74)
54v
(56v)
Initial to Num. (L.) containing six busts in medallions, the topmost one an angel, the others men
72r
(74r)
Capitula to Deuteronomy (154)
73v
Initial to Deuteronomy (H). Above, on blue ground, Moses nimbed, pointing to Mons Horeb on L. and holding scroll which hangs down into the lower half of the letter, inscribed, in wonderfully fine capitals: “sufficit vobis quod in hoc monte mansistis” . Below, two groups of men (five in each) on yellow ground, receiving the scroll
89r
Rubric:
Explicit ad dabarim quod grece dicitur deuteronomium VIDC (= 1600)
89r
(91r)
Praefatio in Josue
89r
Incipit:
Tandem finito
89v
(91v)
Capitula (33)
89v
Decorative initial to text
100v
(102v)
Capitula to Judges (18)
100v
(102v)
Initial. IOSVE ET CALEPH, two figures on brown ground robed, each holding sword and shield, one shield (L.) is or seven bends sinister vert, the other checky of az. and arg. a chief or fretty sable
112r
Rubric:
Explicit liber soptim id est iudicum V II DCCL
112r
(114r)
Decorative initial to Ruth, with dragon and grotesque head: bust of Ruth in medallion
113v
(115v)
Prologue to Kings
113v
Incipit:
Uiginti ed (!) duas
114v
(116v)
Capitula of 1, 2 Reg. (96)
114v
Initial. Blue panel on green. Goliath in mail shirt, peaked helmet, kite-shaped shield, long spear. David small on L. slings at him. At the tail of the letter Goliath fallen, with broken spear, helmet fallen off showing nose-piece. David stands on him and beheads him
131r
(133r)
2 Reg. Initial. David throned rends his clothes, a courtier at each side weeps. The Amalekite kneels on L. holding up crown and ring. At the tail of the letter, a man beheads the Amalekite
143v
(145v)
Capitula of 3, 4 Reg. (86)
144v
(146v)
3 Reg. Decorative initial
159v
(161v)
4 Reg. Initial. Blue ground, coloured clouds above. Christ nimbed in car drawn by two dappled horses surrounded by red flames (He holds the reins) grasps the wrist of Elijah on L. who is in a single brown garment. Below his feet the mantle. At bottom Elisha looks up and holds scroll (damaged) “Pater mi Pater mi currus Israel et auriga eius”
173v
(174v)
Prologue to Isaiah
173v
(174v)
Incipit:
Nemo cum prophetas
173v
Initial. Isaiah (on blue and green ground) with scroll “ve genti peccatrici” . He holds his hand to his face
195r
(196r)
Prologue to Jeremiah
195r
(196r)
Incipit:
Ieremias propheta cui hic
195r
Initial. Christ (Α̂ and ω̂ on the background) holds scroll, “Prophetam in gentibus dedi te” . Outside the letter, on brown ground, Jeremiah (beardless). Above him the words “A, A, A, domine deus”
220r
Rubric:
Lamentatio ieremie prophete
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(220*r)
Incipit:
Et factum est
222r
Rubric:
Finit lamentatio Jeremie prophete. Oratio Jeremie prophete (Lam. v)
222v
Rubric:
Explicit liber Jeremie prophete secundum Hebraicam translationem
222v
Prol. to Ezekiel
222v
Incipit:
Ezechiel propheta cum loachim
222v
Initial decorative
245r
Prologue to Daniel
245r
Incipit:
Danihelem prophetam iuxta
245v
Initial. Daniel pointing upward to bust of Christ. Scroll, “cum venerit sanctus sanctorum cessabit unctio”
255r
Prologue to Twelve Prophets
255r
Incipit:
Non idem ordo
255r
Hos. Initial. Hosea with scroll in both hands. “Recte vie domini iusti ambulabunt in eis”
258r
Joel. Initial. Joel nimbed with scroll. “Magnus enim dies domini et terribilis valde”
259v
Amos. With scroll. “Ve desiderantibus die(m domi)ni”
261v
Obadiah with scroll. “In monte Sion erit salvatio et vocabitur sanctus”
262r
Jonah baldheaded, with scroll in both hands. “Adhuc xl dies et ninive subvertetur” . Below his feet the fish, with Jonah's head protruding from its mouth
263r
Micah, beardless with scroll. “Erit mons domus domini preparatus in vertice montiunt”
264v
(265r)
Nahum. Preface
264v
(265r)
Incipit:
Naum consolator
265r
Initial. Nahum with scroll. Dominus patiens est et magnus fortitudine
265v
Habakkuk. Preface
265v
Incipit:
Abacuc luctator
265v
Initial. Habakkuk with hand to head and scroll. “Domine audivi auditionem tuam et timui”
266v
Zephaniah. Preface
266v
Incipit:
Sophonias speculator
266v
Initial. Zephaniah nimbed with scroll. “Sol convertetur in tenebras et luna in sanguinem”
267v
Haggai. Preface
267v
Incipit:
Aggeus festiuus
267v
Initial. Bust of Haggai in medallion at top with scroll. Ecce veniet desideratus cunctis gentibus
268v
Zechariah. Preface
268v
Incipit:
Zacharias memor
268v
Initial like the last, scroll. “Exulta satis filia syon ecce rex tuus venit”
272r
Malachi. Preface
272r
Incipit:
Malachias aperte
272r
Initial. Malachi beardless with scroll. “Quis poterit cogitare diem adventus domini”
Each of the minor prophets is described in title and colophon as “secundum hebraicam veritatem”
273r
Text ends