Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Auct. F. 4. 32

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St Dunstan’s Classbook
  • Latin
  • s. ix + s. xi
  • composite manuscript
  • English manuscripts
  • vellum
Composite volume, probably bound together at Glastonbury, consisting of four originally distinct parts.
Auct. F. 4. 32
St Dunstan’s Classbook
Provenance and related aspects
s. ix + s. xi
Origin, provenance
Provenance: Glastonbury AbbeyGlastonbury Abbey

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ass. with DunstanDunstan
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Henry LangleyLangley (Henry)
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The different MSS were probably bound together at Glastonbury. Three of them are thought to have been brought together by Dunstan, who was monk and later abbot of the monastery. The MS, or at least the part containing Eutych’s Ars de verbo, is listed in the 1247/48 catalogue of the library at Glastonbury. On f. 47v of the MS, there is a note saying In custodia fratris H. Langley, i.e. Henry Langley of Glastonbury. See MLGB3.
Later provenance: ass. with John LelandLeland (John)
English antiquary and poet.
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John Leland c.1538. See MLGB3.
Later provenance: Oxford, Bodleian Library
Oxford, Bodleian Library
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ass. with Thomas Allen [mathematician]Allen (Thomas) ... mathematician
English mathematician and antiquary.
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f. 1r: Thomas Allen of Gloucester Hall donated the book to the Bodleian (1601).
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
composite manuscript
Distinct units
ff. 1-9

A fragment of Eutyches’ Ars de verbo.

ff. 10-18

Eleventh-century leaves containing an Old English homily on the Invention of the Cross.

ff. 19-36

Liber Commonei (‘The Book of Commoneus’).

ff. 37-47

A glossed copy of Ovid’s Ars amatoria (Book 1).

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Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] Oxford Digital Library, Early manuscripts at Oxford University, Online: University of Oxford. URL: <>.
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[dig. img.] Digital Bodleian, Online: Oxford, Bodleian Library. URL: <>.
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[dig. img.] Oxford Digital Library: LUNA, Online. URL: <>.
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[facs.] Hunt, Richard W., Saint Dunstan’s Classbook from Glastonbury: Codex Biblioth. Bodleianae Oxon. Auct. F.4./32, Umbrae codicum occidentalium 4, Amsterdam, 1961.  
Facsimile edition, with introduction
Facsimile edition with introduction

Secondary sources (select)

Gneuss, Helmut, and Michael Lapidge, Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a bibliographical handlist of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100, Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
430–432 [id. 537.]
Budny, Mildred, “‘St. Dunstan’s classbook’ and its frontispiece: Dunstan’s portrait and autograph”, in: Ramsay, Nigel, Margaret Sparks, and Tim W. T. Tatton-Brown (eds), St Dunstan: his life, times and cult, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1992. 103–142.
Hunt, Richard W., Summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, vol. 1: Historical introduction and conspectus of shelf-marks, Oxford: Clarendon, 1953.
Bodleian Library: <link>
80 Mentioned in a list of the library’s acquisitions from 1601. Short title: Eutyches.

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