DCL MS. A.IV.10Matthew, glossed
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Gospel of Matthew, glossed, written in Northern France in the late 12th century; presented to Durham Priory by Hugh de Puiset, bishop of Durham.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1mb2773v70m.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: v+124+ii f
Size: 270 mm x 182 mm


Modern pencil foliation.

Secundo folio: Hic est filius meus

Flyleaves (bifolium), I4, II-XVI8, endleaves (bifolium)

Catchwords: Some traces of contemporary catchwords survive.

Preface and text written in protogothic by a single hand, glossed by two hands and subsequently by others.


18th century panelled calf binding. Fly- and endleaves preserve traces of the turnovers (evidently pink-red leather) from an earlier binding. There is a small green-stained hole (possibly from a pin fixture) in the upper centre of the endleaf.

Manuscript history

Written in Northern France, late 12th century.


One of the books given by Hugh de Puiset to Durham Priory.
Inscriptions: “Matheus Ewangelista”, f.iv, top; “liber Hugonis Episcopi”, “Liber Sancti Cuthbertj”, f.iir, top; all approximately 1200 (as in DCL MS A.IV.1).
“.B.”, f.iv, early 14th century; “B”, mid 14th century, f.1v; “.B.”, 14th/15th century; “Matheus glo.”, early 15th century, “De communi libraria dunelm’ in le Spendement”, f.1r, top, early 15th century.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1-4
Modern title: Prologue to Gospel of Matthew, glossed
Incipit: Matheus ex iudea sicut in ordine primus ponitur
Explicit: querentibus non tacere.
Language: Latin
(b)     f.5-124
Modern title: Gospel of Matthew, glossed
Incipit: Liber generationis
Explicit: usque ad consumationem seculi. amen. Explicit matheus.
Language: Latin
(c)     f.iv-ivv; 124v-vr
Modern title: Miscellaneous additions
Language: Latin

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.IV.10 - Matthew, glossed
Digitised December 2016 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project


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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