DCL MS. A.IV.28Bede, Commentary on Apocalypse
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Bede, Commentary on Apocalypse, 11th century, one of two surviving witnesses to the Insular version of this work by Bede, it was subsequently copied as DCL MS. B.IV.16.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m7h149p85t.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: 108 f
Size: 140 mm x 97 mm


Misbound: f.94-100 belong after f.108

Secundo folio: Apocalipsis

1-38, 44, 5-148 (quires 13 and 14 transposed)


Written in several hands using red-brown ink and working simultaneously so that f.28v is blank. Closely written with full use of late insular system of abbreviations

Corrections and annotation

Exemplar of B.IV.16 {a}, s. xii.>


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). Tightly bound concealing text in the gutter.

Manuscript history

Written in England, Durham?, 11th century.


Inscription: liber Sancti Cuthbert de dunelm .A. Apocalipsis In le splendement.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1-108
Modern title: Commentary on Apocalypse
Original title: Expositio Apocalypseos‏
Author: Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735
Language: Latin
Edited: Bedae Presbyteri Expositio Apocalypseos

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.28 - Bede, Commentary on Revelation
Digitised January 2014 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]).

Bedae Presbyteri Expositio Apocalypseos   OCLC citation, ed. Roger Gryson CCSL 121A. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2001)

Bede: Commentary on Revelation, translated with an introduction and notes by Faith Wallis (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013)

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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