Manuscripts

London, British Library, MS Cotton Domitian A i

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Composite manuscript. The first 55 folios contains English (especially Anglo-Latin) material written between the 10th and early 12th centuries. The subsequent folios (ff. 56-160) belong to a manuscript of St David's from 13th century and later.
Identifiers
Location
Collection: Cotton
Shelfmark
Domitian A i
Provenance and related aspects
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
composite manuscript
Material
vellum
Distinct units
f. 2r–f. 37r

Part I (a), containing: f. 2r Bede, De natura rerum (Book 2 only); ff. 3r–36v: Isidore of Seville, De natura rerum.

f. 37v–f. 39v

Part II

f. 40–f. 54v

Part III

f. 55v

Part I(b): A medical recipe.

f. 55v

Addition: booklist.

f. 56r–f. 160v
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Locus

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  • f. 23ra.34: meaning folio 23 recto, first column, line 34
  • f. 96vb.m: meaning folio 96, verso, second column, middle of the page (s = top, m = middle, i = bottom)
    • Note that marg. = marginalia, while m = middle.
  • p. 67b.23: meaning page 67, second column, line 23

Sources

Secondary sources (select)

Gneuss, Helmut, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a list of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 241, Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001.
[id. 326.]
Ker, N. R., Catalogue of manuscripts containing Anglo-Saxon, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957.
[id. 146.]
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen