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Detailed record for Royal 5 C VIII

Author Augustine
Title Sermones de verbis Domini et apostoli
Origin England, S. E. (Rochester)
Date 2nd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 3 large foliate initials with dragons, in colours, at the beginning of major text divisions (ff. 3, 65, 160v). Initials in green, brown, or/and red, some with penwork decoration, at the beginning of each sermon. Small initials in green or brown, at the beginning of rubrics.
Dimensions in mm 360 x 260 (275 x 190), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 250 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning; f. 250 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1970.
Provenance The cathedral priory of St. Andrew, Rochester: inscribed, 'Liber de claust[r]o Roffens[i]', (f. 1); included in the Rochester library catalogue of 1202, no. 5 (see English Benedictine Libraries 1996).
Added drawing of a head of a woman in an initial, at the beginning of sermon 70, 14th century? (f. 169v).
Thomas Wybarn, monk of Rochester: inscribed in his hand, 'Qui servare libru[m] nescit s[ib]i honore[m], / Illi[us] a manibus procull sit liber iste, q[uod] W[ybarn]', c. 1467 (see a dated inscription in Royal 2 C I) (f. 250).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 809' (f. 1), included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542; in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 4v; and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St Jamesís Palace (see [Edward Bernard], Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697', but 1698?), no. 7810, 7822, or 7826).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Quire signatures.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and Kingís Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, p. 110.

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. 162.

Pierre-Patrick Verbraken, …tudes critiques sur les sermons authentiques de saint Augustin, Instrumenta Patristica, 12 (Steenbrugis: Nijhof, 1976), p. 222.

Katharine M. Waller, 'The Library, Scriptorium and Community of Rochester Cathedral Priory c. 1080-1150' (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Liverpool, 1980), pp. 126, 127, 128, nn. 3, 4, 129, nn. 2-5, 174-5, 270, 335, 360.

English Benedictine Libraries: The Shorter Catalogues, ed. by R. Sharpe and others, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 4 (London: British Library, 1996), B79.5.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.848.
Last revised: 21 September 2009


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Coloured initial

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f. 3
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f. 10v
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f. 32v
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f. 44v
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f. 61
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Zoomorphic initial

f. 65
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f. 160v
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