DCL MS. B.II.8Jerome, In Isaiam
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

St Jerome's commentary on Isaiah, written at Durham in the early 12th century.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mvq27zn42r.html

Physical description of manuscript

Parchment; generally similar in format to DCL MS A.I10.

Extent: i+213+i f
Size: 410 mm x 300 mm


Modern pencil foliation

Secundo folio: de quo in amos

I9 (=10 with leaf one lost since recorded by Rud); II-XIX10; XX-XXI12

Signatures: Contemporary quire signatures, final verso, lower margin, centre: .I.-.XXI.

40 lines in 2 columns


Written in transitional Caroline protogothic (scribe also found in DCL MS B.II.7), protogothic scribe found in many other Priory manuscripts; corrections and annotations by Symeon of Durham.


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)

Manuscript history

Written in England, Durham, early 12th century.


Pressmark .A., later 14th century; title and exlibris inscription A Ieronimus super ysayam, de communi libraria monachorum dunelm, early 15th century, f.1r, top. Later pressmark Pi R, 15th century, f.1r, top right.

Inscription: Iste liber jacebat in armariolo juxta introitum Infirmarie; sed nunc est de Libraria, on lost first leaf, recorded by Rud in his catalogue.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1-213
Modern title: Commentary on Isaiah
Original title: In Isaiam
Author: Jerome, Saint, -419 or 420
Incipit: Expletis longo vix tempore in duodecim prophetis
Explicit: moderata arbitramur et mixtam clementie sententiam iudicis.
Rubric: Prologus Beati Jeronimi en Eplanatione ysaie prophete Incipit.
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. B.II.8 - Jerome on Isaiah
Digitised April 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]).

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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