DCL MS. A.III.1Genesis, glossed
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Genesis, glossed, written in Northern France in the early 12th century.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1mwd375w306.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: iii-150+i f
Size: 300 mm x 191 mm


Modern pencil foliation

Secundo folio: Beda. In principio

bifolium, I-VIII8, IX7 (=8 with leaf 3 cancelled), X-XVI8, XVII11 (=12 with leaf 8 cancelled), XVIII12

Signatures: Contemporary signatures (a small Roman numeral flanked by dots)

Written by two scribes: f.3-30 (preface and gloss) Protogothic and f.4-152 (text) transitional Caroline to Protogothic


Standard Tuckett binding, mid 19th century full brown calf over thick wooden boards (Charles Tuckett, binder to the British Museum, rebound many Durham manuscripts in the 19th century)

Manuscript history

Written in Northern France, early 12th century.


Inscriptions: “liber Sancti Cuthberti de dunelm”, f.2r, upper margin (damaged), early 14th century. “... Genesis per Se”, f.2r, upper margin, mid 14th century; “D”, f.2r, upper margin (added to the left of, presumably replacing, the erased letter, 14th-15th century). “.D.”, f.4r, upper margin, early 15th century; “Genesis per .se. glosatus pro parte”, f.4r, inserted into gap below first block of gloss, early 15th century. “splendemen” - added to the inscription on f.2r, upper margin, by Thomas Swalwell.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.3-152
Modern title: Genesis, glossed
Language: Latin

The original text breaks off incomplete at the bottom of f.152v in 50.16; the missing verses (50.16-25 – the equivalent of one leaf in the original arrangement) were supplied in the lower margin of the page in the 13th century.

Microfilmed in 1985/86 by the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, St John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota. Copies held by them and Durham University Library.

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. A.III.1 - Genesis, glossed
Digitised July 2017 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project The first two folios are not obviously numbered; pencil numbering begins with ‘3’ on the third folio. The first and second folios have therefore been foliated as f.1 and f.2. Folios with text and marginalia not visible in the image because they are too far into the gutter: most of 2-30, 42-43, 65-66, 84.


Catalogi veteres librorum Ecclesiae cathedralis dunelm. Catalogues of the library of Durham cathedral, at various periods, from the conquest to the dissolution, including catalogues of the library of the abbey of Hulne, and of the mss.   OCLC citation, Surtees Society 7, (London: J.B. Nichols and Son, [1838]).

de Hamel, Christopher, Glossed books of the Bible and the origins of the Paris book trade   OCLC citation, (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Boydell Press, 1984)

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