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Detailed record for Royal 15 C X

Author Publius Papinius Statius
Title Thebais
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 10th century
Language Latin
Script Caroline minuscule
Decoration Initials in gold (oxidised to green) at the beginning of each line. Rubrics in red display capitals.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 230 (225 x 115/35)
Official foliation ff. i + 191 (+4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather with gold tooling; arms of George II; gilt fore-edges.
Provenance The cathedral priory of St. Andrew, Rochester: included in the catalogue of 1202 (no. 197) and inscribed 'lib[er] de claustro Roff[e]n[si] p[er] Gerardu[m] mon[achum]' (f. I verso).
Flyleaf (f. i) contains farm accounts from Hoo and Halstow, Kent in a 13th-century hand.
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 830'; included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542 (f. 35); a note in the hand of the king's librarian, Patrick Young [Junius] (b. 1584, d. 1652) (f. 140) and in the catalogue of the library of St James’s Palace (see Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697'), nos. 8605 and 8622.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Quires signatures in the lower margins of each final verso up to viiii.
The text was copied from a Continental exemplar, also used to copy Paris BnF Nouv. acq. lat. MS 1627 (Tours) and Worcester MS Q. 8, according to Bishop, (1971).
Numerous Latin glosses above lines and in margins in 12th and 13th century hands.
The last folio (f. 191) seems to have been used as a paste-down as the text from f. 191v. has been re-written in the margin of f. 191.
f. 1 has 2 inserted scraps of vellum with an introductory note and epitome in a 13th-century hand.
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), p. 168.

C. E. Wright, 'Paleography and Manuscripts', The Year's Work in Librarianship, 15 (1948), 248-66 (p. 256).

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 163.

T. M. Bishop, English Caroline Minuscule (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), pp. xxii, xxv, 4, 18.

Katharine Mary Waller, 'The Library, Scriptorium and Community of Rochester Cathedral Priory c. 1080-1150' (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Liverpool, 1980), p. 361.

B. Munk Olsen, L’Étude des auteurs classiques latins aux XIe et XIIe siècles, 2 vols (Paris: Éditions du centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1982-85), II, 542, B55.

L.D. Reynolds, 'Introduction' in Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics, ed. by L.D. Reynolds (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), p. xxxii n.

François Avril and Patricia Danz Stirnemann, Manuscrits enluminés d’origine insulaire VIIe-XXe siècle (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1987), p. 15

Mary Richards, Texts and Their Traditions in the Medieval Library of Rochester Cathedral Priory, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 78, part 3 (Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 1988), p. 2.

David Dumville, English Caroline Script and Monastic History, Studies in `Benedictinism 950-1030, Studies in Anglo Saxon History, 6 (Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 1993), pp. 54-57, 76.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.869, p. lxxxviii.

Helmut Gneuss, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A List of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001), no. 497.

St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, ed. by B. C. Barker-Benfield, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 13, 3 vols (London: British Library, 2008), I, pp. 331, 1831.

Harald Anderson, The Manuscripts of Statius, 3 vols (revised edition: Arlington, Virginia, 2009), I, pp. 213-14, no. 321, III, pp. 2, 6, 8.

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