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Shelfmark Add Ms 89000
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Title The St Cuthbert Gospel of St John. (formerly known as the Stonyhurst Gospel) is the oldest intact European book.
Place of Publication
Date of Publication 7c
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Shelfmark Add Ms 89000
Upper cover
Country England
Period 7c
Colour Brown; Red
Cover Material Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
Decorative Technique Moulded ; Painted; Tooled in gold
Style/Type Abstract; Circle; Leaf
Edges Plain
Bookbinder
Ownership mark Cuthbert, Saint (d687)
Reference See H M Nixon and M M Foot, The History of Decorated Bookbinding in England, Oxford, 1992, pp.1–2. The Stonyhurst Gospel of Saint John / (Oxford : Printed for the Roxburghe Club [by Oxford U.P.], 1969.) Includes a facsimile of the ms. The British Library's main web site also holds information about the Gospel. The St Cuthbert Gospel, eds C. Breay and B. Meehan (2015). Elsi Vassdal Ellis 'The East-West, Then-Now Binding Nexus' in Scraped, Stroked, and Bound: Materially Engaged Readings of Medieval Manuscripts, 2013, pp. 135-157. Former Library shelf mark Loan 74.
Notes The sections of the parchment pages are linked by chain stitch (as with Coptic sewing) and the boards are also sewn on. The lower cover is decorated in a different design by another method. This manuscript copy of the Gospel of St John was produced in the North of England in the late 7th century and was buried alongside St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne, apparently in 698, and later found in the saint’s coffin at Durham Cathedral in 1104. It has a beautifully-worked original red leather binding in excellent condition, and is the only surviving high-status manuscript from this crucial period in British history to retain its original appearance, both inside and out. There is a demonstration of Coptic sewing on ibookbinding.com.


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Period 7c
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Notes see upper cover for details.


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