DCL MS. A.I.5Nicholas of Lyra, Postilla litteralis
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Nicholas of Lyra, Postilla litteralis, bequeathed to Durham Priory by Bishop Thomas Langley.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1mj098zb14f.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: ii+156+ii f
Size: 405 mm x 272 mm

Secundo folio: tunc toti mundo

flyleaf, I-XIX8, XX4, endleaf

Catchwords: Contemporary catchwords on all quires but the last
Signatures: Signature plus leaf numbering in the first half of each quire

56 lines


Written in Textualis semi-quadrata possibly by a single hand. A scribe names himself as John Wykingeston on f.156v and John on f.59r.


Red and blue initials.


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 stain at the foot of f.1 from the chain staple on an earlier binding.

Manuscript history

Written in England, late 14th - early 15th century.


Inscription: liber sancti Cuthberti de communi libraria monachorum Dunelm′ ex dono Domini Thome langley episcopi eiusdem, early 15th century, top f.2r
Pressmark: 1a.2i.O. 15th century, f.2r

Manuscript contents
Modern title: List of contents
Date: early 15th century
Language: Latin
(a)     f.2r-115v
Original title: In epistolas Pauli
Author: Nicholas, of Lyra, approximately 1270-1349
Language: Latin
(b)     f.116r-133v
Original title: In Epistolas canonicas
Author: Nicholas, of Lyra, approximately 1270-1349
Language: Latin
(c)     f.134r-156v
Original title: In Apocalypsim
Author: Nicholas, of Lyra, approximately 1270-1349
Language: Latin
(d)     f.158r
Modern title: Cost for binding and decorating book
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 Cathedral Library.

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. A.I.5 - Nicholas of Lyra, Postilla (Epistles, Apocalypse)
Digitised January 2018 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]).

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