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Collection name:
Manuscripts
Record:
Identifier:
MS1370
Title:
MACDURNAN GOSPELS
Description:
Contents: Frontispiece to Matthew, and text i. 1-17 . . . . f. 2. On f. 3b an inscription in capitals, to some extent monogrammatized: on which see Dean Armitage Robinson's 'Times of St Dunstan', pp. 55-59. As Dr Savage, Dean of Lichfield, has pointed out, it is in verse, running thus: Maeielbriðus Macdurnani istum textum per triquadrum (sc. mundum) deo digne dogmatizat Ast *Aethelstanus Anglo Saexna Rex et Rector Dorvernensi Metropoli dat per aevum *Ast is outside the rhythm. Text of Matt. continued : XPI' autem generatio . . . 5 ff. 69, 70 charters (see Custodial History) Text of Mark . . . . . . . 72 ff. 114, 115 charters. Text of Luke . . . . . . . 117 Text of John . . . . . . . 172 There are no prologues, but the Ammonian sections are in the margin. I do not think the MS. has been used for textual purposes. The decoration, which is most minutely described by Dr Millar, consists of: f. 1b. Cruciform page, frontispiece to St Matthew. f. 2. Initial etc. to Liber generationis (i. 1). f. 4b. Frontispiece to Christi autem generatio (i. 17): full-page picture of St Matthew with crosier and book. f. 5a. Christi autem generatio sic erat: elaborate border and opening words in capitals. f. 70a Full-page picture of St Mark seated, with book: his symbol, looking more like an ox than a lion, projects from the upper border. f. 72. Beginning of the Gospel: border and initial. f. 115b. Full page picture of St Luke with small crosier. f. 117a. Beginning of the Gospel, as before. f. 170b. Full-page picture of St John with pen and book. f. 172. Beginning of the Gospel, as before. On four leaves added (by Parker?) at the beginnings of the Gospels are four miniatures of French execution of about 1250, of moderate work, viz.: f. 4. The Crucifixion. f. 70. The Scourging. f. 116. The Betrayal. f. 171. The Entombment. Perhaps from a Psalter. I think the insertions may be Parker's, because in MS. Corpus Christi College Cambridge 419, of Anglo-Saxon Homilies, he has added as a frontispiece a xiiith-cent. miniature of the Entry into Jerusalem, and has also prefixed a woodcut to MS. 162 from a Missal. Catalogue description based on M. R. James, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace' (1932). His short account is mainly condensed from that of Dr Millar. Also referred to in 'Lambeth Palace Library and its Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: Exhibition mounted for the biennial conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists 3 August 2007', ed. David Ganz and Jane Roberts with Richard Palmer (printed for the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists by Taderon Press, London, 2007) Also referred to in P.R. Robinson, 'Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 888-1600 in London Libraries' (2003) Noted in Wilma Fitzgerald, 'Ocelli Nominum: names and shelf marks of famous/familiar manuscripts' (1992) [Lambeth Palace Library Z6602.F5(R)] - no information, just name and location Number 177 in G. R. C. Davis, 'Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain and Ireland', rev. edn. by C. Breay, J. Harrison and D. M. Smith (London, 2010).
Date:
9th Century
Rights:
LPL [images created by the British Library]