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The Dover Bible, Volume II(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Bibliorum Pars II
Codicology:Vellum, 532 x 360 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College), (21 x 14 in.), ff. 283, double columns of 44 lines. Cent. xv and xii. It is the second volume of MS 3 and (with the exception of the first quire) seems to be in the same hand.
Collation: I8 (+1) II8-XX8 XXI12 (2 canc. in 2nd half) XXII8-XXXV8. The old foliation remains.
Provenance:The Dover press-mark has disappeared but there is no doubt of the provenance.
Provenance:I think the artist who illuminated no. 4 was not the illuminator of MS 3. It also seems to me that the illuminator of no. 4 and Eadwine, the artist of the Canterbury Psalter at Trinity College, have a good deal in common. It is antecedently probable that this Bible was made at Christ Church Canterbury, of which Dover Priory was a dependency.
Foliation: ff. i-ii + 1-283 + iii-iv(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
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The Dover Bible, Volume II (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
The first quire is a 'supply' of cent. xv in a fine upright narrow English hand
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Prologue to Job
1.
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Incipit:
Cogor per singulos
2.
1v
Incipit:
Si aut[em] fiscellam
3.
1v
Incipit:
Iob exemplar
2r
Capitula
2v
Initial in blue and red to text
9v
This quire ends in c. xxix
10r
(9r)
The original hand begins
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liberassem pauperem (xxix 12)
13v
(12v)
Rubric:
In nomine domini incipit origo prophetie dauid regis psalmorum numero centum quinquaginta
13v
Incipit:
Dauid filius Jesse
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(13r)
Rubric:
Psalterium rome dudum positus
14r
Initial. “Beatus vir” , red and white ground. Above, David crowned plays psaltery and strikes gold bells (5) with hammer. A woman (?) on R. blows a pipe. Below. David as shepherd plays harp: ox, rain, and goat nibbling tree on R.
23v
(22v)
“Quid gloriaris” (Ps. li), fine decorative initial
33v
(32v)
“Domine exaudi” (Ps. ci), fine decorative initial, stork, snake, and rabbit-headed dragon
36r
(35r)
“Dixit dominus” (Ps. cix) has blue initial larger than the rest
42v
(41r)
Ps. cli ( “Pusillus eram” ) is appended
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Prologues to Proverbs
1.
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(42r)
Incipit:
Jungat epistola
2.
43r
(42r)
Incipit:
Tribus nominibus uocatum
3.
43v
(42r)
Incipit:
Tres libros Salomonis
43v
(42v)
Capitula (60)
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Initial, red and white ground. Solomon crowned, with book, teaches Rehoboam (in cope) and another on R.
53r
Rubric:
Explicit liber prouerborum VI D CC XL
53v
(52v)
Capitula of Ecclesiastes (31)
53v
Initial decorative, with fox
56v
Rubric:
Explicit liber Ecclesiastes uersus D CCC V
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Initial to Canticles. Solomon crowned, richly dressed, holds scroll of which one end is in a wooden case: “Ecce tu pulchra es amica mea”
58v
Rubric:
Explicit liber cantica canticorum v. num. CCLXXX
58v
Prologue to Wisdom
58v
(57v)
Incipit:
Liber sapientie apud hebreos
58v
Capitula (47)
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(58r)
Initial. (Reproduced in Camb. Ant. Soc. Proc., Vol. VII, pl. VIII (2)) Above in segmental space (white ground) Christ half-length crossnimbed holding scroll (one end of it in a wooden case) “Diligite iustitiam qui iudicatis terram” . On either side of His head in blue the letters “R(ex) R(egum) D(ominus) D(ominantium)” . Below, on green ground with white band, in C. nude criminal with loincloth and bandaged eyes stands full face: a ring confines his legs closely together. His arms are bound behind him. On L. and R. groups of seated judges, two hold red stones (?), one a staff
65v
(64v)
Prologue to Ecclesiasticus
65v
Incipit:
Multorum nobis etc.
66r
Rubric:
Explicit prefatio Ieronimi presbiteri (!)
66r
Capitula (129)
66v
Initial. A bearded man sits face R. in a chair on whose back is carved a human head. A Dove with cross-nimbus is at the writer's ear, and he has on a board before him a leaf inscribed: “omnis sapientia” . Red and white ground. The desk in this picture is interesting
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The last chapter of Ecclus. is Oratio Salomonis
85r
Rubric:
Explicit liber ecclesiasticus v num. II DCCC
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Prologue to Chronicles
85r
(84r)
Incipit:
Septuaginta interpretum
85v
(84v)
Initial A with three tiers of busts on different coloured grounds, one bust in the top row and three in each of the others: all of bearded men, the topmost wearing a red hat
97v
(96v)
2 Chron. Decorative initial, the central part gold with ornament in black
113r
Prologue to Ezra
113r
(112r)
Incipit:
Utrum difficilius
113v
Decorative initial
117v
(116v)
Nehemiah, small initial
123v
Prologue to Esther
123v
(122v)
Incipit:
Librum hester uariis
124r
Decorative initial
129v
Prologue to Tobit
129v
(128v)
Incipit:
Chromatio et Heliodoro
129v
Incipit:
Tobi filius ananihel
129v
Panelled gold initial
133v
Prologue to Judith
133v
(132v)
Incipit:
Iudith uidua
133v
Incipit:
Apud hebreos liber iudith
134r
Decorative initial with dragon
139v
(138v)
Capitula of 1 Maccabees (60)
140r
(139r)
Prologue
140r
Incipit:
Machabeorum libri duo prenotant
140v
(139v)
Initial. Alexander crowned in C. crowns two small youths standing on R. and L., he on L. holds a sword. The ground has been blue, now scraped off
154v
(153v)
Capitula of 2 Macc. (53)
155r
Decorative initial, blue ground carefully scraped off
165r
Rubric:
Explicit Machabeorum lib. IIus uer. habet I DCCC
165v
(164v)
Canons of the Gospels in fine arcaded frames of gold and colour with foliage at top
167r
Epistola beati Ieronimi ad Damasum (title in large coloured capitals)
167r
(166r)
Rubric:
Beatissimo pape Damaso
167v
Prologues
1.
167v
(166v)
Incipit:
Plures fuisse
2.
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(166v)
Rubric:
Eusebius carpiano
3.
168v
(167v)
Rubric:
Ieronimus damaso
168v
Incipit:
Sciendum etiam nequis
168v
Argumentum
168v
Incipit:
Matheus ex iudea
168v
Breviarium
168v
Incipit:
Nativitas Christi (Capitula 28)
169v
Initial large. Matthew nimbed seated turns to R. and holds up book. Ground blue scraped off
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(183r)
Initial to Mark (no prologue) decorative
193v
(191v)
Initial to Luke. Luke nimbed in blue chasuble, stole and alb, plunges a knife into the throat of a red ox. Brown ground
209r
(208r)
Initial to John. Splendid decorative I with central medallion containing a nimbed bearded head
220v
Prologues to Acts
1.
220v
(219v)
Incipit:
Actus apostolorum nudam quidem
2.
220v
(219v)
Incipit:
Lucas natione syrus
220v
Capitula (71)
221v
(220v)
Initial. Luke nimbed seated holds up a tablet with rounded top in R. hand and metal stylus in L. Green ground
236r
Prol. Epistolarum apostolorum
236r
(235r)
Incipit:
Non ita ordo
236v
(235v)
Capitula to James (19). Argument
236v
(235v)
Incipit:
Jacobus apostolus sanctum
236v
Initial represents trunk of a tree with blue snake twined about it
238r
(237r)
Capitula 1 Peter (21). Argument
238r
(237r)
Incipit:
Discipulos saluatoris
238r
Initial. Peter throned full-face, with curtain hung behind. He is in low mitre, chasuble (red) with pall, blue dalmatic, stole, alb and has pastoral staff. Blue ground scraped
239v
Capitula 2 Peter (11). Argument
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(239r)
Incipit:
Per fidem
240r
Initial. Above, fox and cock crowing, both red : below, wolf (?) and stork extracting bone from his throat. Blue ground scraped
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(240r)
Capitula 1 John (20). Initial decorative
242v
Capitula 2 John (5). Argument
242v
(241v)
Incipit:
Usque adeo
242v
Initial decorative, blue and white, and black on gold
242v
Capitula 3 John (5). Argument
242v
(241v)
Incipit:
Gaium pietatis causa
242v
Initial. On R. man rubbing blue lump (?lapis lazuli) on marble block (?grinding colour): green ground: on L. man with palette painting wall. Blue ground, scraped
243r
(242r)
Capitula of Jude (7), no argument. Decorative initial
243v
(242v)
Prologues to Pauline Epistles
1.
243v
Incipit:
Epistole pauli ad romanos causa
2.
243v
Incipit:
Pauli apostoli epistole numero xiiii
243v
Incipit:
Omnis textus uel numerus epistolarum
3.
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(243r)
Incipit:
Primum queritur quare
244r
Argumentum ep. ad Rom.
244r
Incipit:
Romani ex iudeis
244v
Incipit:
Romani sunt in partibus
244v
Rubric:
Versus Damasi
244v
Incipit:
Iam dudum saulus
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Capitula (30)
245r
List of 14 Epistles
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(244r)
Initial to Rom. Paul with long cross and book. Blue ground scraped
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(250r)
1 Cor. Capitula 24. Decorative initial rather plain
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(255v)
2 Cor. Prol.
256v
Incipit:
Post actam penitentiam
256v
Capitula 20
256v
Initial. Paul seated with book blessing. Blue ground scraped
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Rubric:
Explicit epistola secunda ad corinthios scripta de macedonia. uersus DXC
260r
(259r)
Gal. Prol. Galathe sunt greci. Capitula 12
260r
Initial decorative
262r
Rubric:
Explicit epistola ad Galathas S(c)ribens eis ad epheso uersus CC XCII
262r
Eph. Prol.
262r
Incipit:
Ephesii sunt asiani. Capitula 10
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(261r)
Initial. Paul in an almost dancing attitude holds up book
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(263r)
Phil. Prol.
264r
Incipit:
Philipenses sunt macedones
264r
Capitula 8
264r
Initial like 1 Cor.
265v
(264v)
Col. Prol.
265v
Incipit:
Colosenses et hi
265v
Capitula 10
265v
Initial in colour as last
266v
(265v)
1 Thess. Prol.
266v
Incipit:
Thessalonicenses sunt macedones
266v
Capitula 9
267r
Initial ut supra
268r
(267r)
2 Thess. Prol.
268r
Incipit:
Ad Thessalonicenses secundam
268r
Capitula 6
268r
Initial decorative with gold
268v
(267v)
1 Tim. Prol.
268v
Incipit:
Timotheum instruit
268v
Capitula 12
269r
Initial without gold
270r
(269v)
2 Tim. Prol.
270r
Incipit:
Item timotheo
270v
Capitula 7
270v
Initial without gold
271v
(270v)
Tit. Prol.
271v
Incipit:
Titum commonefacit
271v
Capitula 6
271v
Initial without gold
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(271r)
Philem. Prol.
272r
Incipit:
Phylemoni familiares
272r
Capitula 4 (3)(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
272r
Initial without gold
272v
(271v)
Heb. Prol.
272v
Incipit:
In primis dicendum
272v
Capitula 23
272v
Gold and coloured initial
276v
(275v)
Laodicenses. Capitula 4
276v
Prol. to Apoc.
276v
(275v)
Incipit:
Iohannes apostolus et euangelista
277r
Capitula 24
277r
(276r)
Initial. John sleeps on island. Divine hand in cloud on R. Blue ground, scraped
283r
(282r)
Text ends