DCL MS. A.II.19Peter Lombard, Collectanea in Epistolas Pauli
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Peter Lombard, On the Epistles of St Paul, one of the books bequeathed to Durham Priory by Hugh de Puiset, bishop of Durham, died 1195.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1mz029p473h.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: iii+315+i f
Size: 395 mm x 270 mm


Modern pencil foliation

Secundo folio: ihu′ χρi′, uenisse

2 flyleaves, I-XXIII8, XXIV10, XXV-XXXII8, XXXIII7 (=8 with leaf 7 excised), XXXIV-XXXVIII8, XXXIX10.

Signatures: Contemporary signatures (final versos, lower margin, centre) survive in whole or part on quires I-VI, XII, XVIII-XX, XXVII-XXVIII, and XXXI: a continuous sequence of Roman numerals.

Two columns, up to 24 lines of text and 48 lines of commentary


Written in Textualis precissa for the biblical text and Textualis semi-quadrata for the commentary, possibly written and corrected by a single scribe.


Historiated or decorated initials indicate each book within the work


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). First flyleaf shows traces of a previous binding.

Manuscript history

Written in Northern France, before 1195.


Hugh du Puiset, bishop of Durham 1154-1195, donation inscription: Liber hugonis Dunelm′ episcopi Epistole pauli Glosate., end 12th century, f.2r, top left. Epistole Pauli Hugonis Episcopi, end 12th century, f.1v, top (compare DCL A.II.1, vols. I-IV). In the list of books left by de Puiset as one of III Paria Epistolarum Pauli glosata.

Inscription: Liber sancti Cuthberti de Dunelmo, 12th-13th century, f.2r, top right. Pressmark .B. , end 14th century, f.3r, top right. B., 14th - 15th century, f.3r, top left.

Epistole Pauli glosate de communi libraria monachorum Dunelm′ In le Spendement, early 15th century, f.3r, top. In the Spendement catalogues of 1392 and 1416 (where annotated Poklyngton).

Manuscript contents
Original title: Collectanea in Epistolas Pauli
Author: Peter Lombard, Bishop of Paris, approximately 1100-1160
Incipit: Principia rerum requirenda sunt prius ut earum notitia plenior haberit possit
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.II.19 - Peter Lombard, On the Epistles of St Paul
Digitised November 2016 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated Project Pages with marginalia not visible in the image because they are too far into the gutter: Recto: 25r, 35r, 43r, 49r, 70r, 229r, 244r; Verso: 48v, 68v, 232v, 246v, 247v, 252v, 273v There were small pieces of what looks like modern paper tucked into the gutter of f.274r and f.279r. They were removed for digitisation and then replaced. The following folios have illustrations which are covered by a piece of fabric: 3r, 4v, 87v, 143r, 175r, 200r, 218r, 255r, 279r Two images of each have been taken, one with the fabric in place and one with the fabric folded back. A folio is missing between f.266 and 267 (end of Timothy I and start of Timothy II - possibly removed with the opening initial?


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)

Mynors, R.A.B., Durham Cathedral manuscripts to the end of the twelfth century. Ten plates in colour and forty-seven in monochrome. With an introduction [including a list of all known Durham manuscripts before 1200]   OCLC citation, (Durham: 1939)

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