DCL MS. B.I.10Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologia
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologia (part 1), probably written at Oxford, late 13th early 14th century

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m76537132j.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: i+ii+204+i f
Size: 345 mm x 235 mm


Modern pencil foliation.

Secundo folio: sicut architectorice

I-XVI12, XVII11 (12 with leaf 8 cancelled)

Catchwords: Contemporary catchwords survive on all quires except V-VII.

53 lines in 2 columns


Written in Textualis libraria, with many corrections made by the same scribe.


Some expansion of letters into hybrid beasts.

Corrections and annotation

Occasional corrections in a leter 14th century hand.


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). Rust and other stains from previous bindings.

Manuscript history

Written in England, Oxford, late 13th - early 14th century.


A series of cautiones on f.1r indicating that this book was used as surety against loans of money at Oxford University at the start of the 14th century.

Inscriptions: Prima pars summe ... fratris thome de Aquino, f.2v
liber sancti Cuthberti de donelm', f.2v
Pressmark B, f.3r
B Prima pars Summe Thome De communi libraria monachorum dunelm′, f.3r
liber sancti cuthberti de dunelm′ ex procuracione fratris Roberti de Graystan′ quem qui alienauerit malediccionem sanctorum marie oswaldi cuthberti et benedicti incurrat, f.205v.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.3-202
Original title: Summa theologia
Author: Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
Date: [end 13th century]
Incipit: Ad primum sic proceditur uidetur quod non sit necessarium
Explicit: talis enim partus decebat eum qui est super omnia benedictus deus in secula. Amen
Language: Latin

First part

(b)     f.202v-205v
Modern title: Index
Language: Latin

List of questions and articles covered in (a)

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. B.I.10 Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologia, I
Digitised in February 2017 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]).

Index terms