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Beinecke MS 403 France, s. XII^^4/4
Bible, with glossa ordinaria
1. ff. 1r-62v [I]n anno primo cyri regis persarum ut compleretur uerbum
domini ex ore hieremie suscitauit dominus spiritum cyri...et in primitiis.
Memento mei dominus meus in bonum. Explicit Ezras. f. 62v blank
Text of Ezra and Nehemiah, written in a single column (usual central),
but on widely spaced rulings that will permit glosses to be written between
the lines (see C. F. R. de Hamel, Glossed Books of the Bible and the
Origins of the Paris Booktrade [Suffolk, 1984] pp. 24-25).
2. ff. 1r-62v Beda. Domus uel templum dei in scripturis sanctis unus quisque
electorum et tota simul ecclesia solet appellari...labores memorie se creatoris
et largitoris omnium bonorum commendat [followed by two short unidentified
extracts from Augustine, Contra Cresconium].
Glossa ordinaria, both in margins and between lines of text;
Parchment, ff. i (paper) + 62 + i (paper), 232 x 157 (written space for
Biblical passage varies from 140 x 56 to 155 x 102 mm.; when the commentary is
written between the lines of the text and in all of the margins the
written space measures ca. 165 x 119 mm.). For the text: ca. 8-21 lines;
for the commentary: a maximum of 46 lines. The precise
arrangement of the rulings varies according to the proportion of text to
commentary (e. g., there are not always rulings in the upper margin for
the gloss). Ruled in crayon; prickings in outer margin.
I-VII^^8, VIII^^6. Quire signatures (e.g., a, b, c, etc.) along lower edge,
Written in two sizes of neat French minuscule by a single scribe; text
written either above or below top line and gloss below top line.
Lower half of f. 62 repaired with contemporary [?] parchment.
Binding: s. xix-xx. Plain vellum wrapper.
Written in France in the fourth quarter of the 12th century; early provenance
unknown. Belonged to the Bibliotheque Houitte de Lachesnais (stamp on ff. 1r
and 9r). Purchased from Rossignol in 1969 as the gift of Edwin J. Beinecke.
secundo folio: [text] in ierusalem
[gloss] Beda et
Barbara A. Shailor