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Detailed record for Royal 2 C II

Author Peter Lombard
Title Commentary on the Pauline Epistles
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 6 historiated initials in colours, at the beginning of commentaries to Pauline Epistles (ff. 69v, 110, 131v, 150v 161v, 195v), and 2 foliate initials in colours, at the beginning of prologues (ff. 2, 3). 1 large initial in red with penwork decoration in green (f. 175) and 7 smaller initials in green or red, some with penwork decoration (ff. 179, 182, 189, 192v, 194v, 202v, 209v). Added marginal drawings of a bird, human heads and ornaments (f. 161v).
Dimensions in mm 320 x 220 (245 x 160), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 222 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end; f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library parchment binding.
Provenance Added flyleaf of text from Justinian's Digest, 13th century (f. 1).
Thomas Cranmer (b. 1489, d.1556), archbishop of Canterbury, inscribed with his name (f. 2).
John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c. 1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator: inscribed with his name (f. 2 ); listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no. 718 (see The Lumley Library, 1956); passed to Henry, prince of Wales.
Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (b. 1594, d. 1612), eldest child of James I: his collection became part of the Royal Library: in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697'), no. 7980?).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Initials executed by two hands, f. 2 and ff. 3, 69v, 110, 131v, 150v, 161v, 195v. Hand 2 is perhaps that of a scribe.
Lemmata underlined in red, and red or brown ink lines indicating the length of patristic citations in the margins.
Catchwords, and place markers, usually at the beginning of books.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, p. 50.

B. Quaritch, 'Thomas Cranmer Archbishop of Canterbury, 1489-1556', in Contributions towards a Dictionary of English Book-Collectors, (London: Quaritch, 1892), p. 7.

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 102.

David G. Selwyn, The Library of Thomas Cranmer (Oxford: The Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1996), pp. 181, 258.

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f. 69v

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