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Gordan MS 34 Germany, s. XV

Bible: Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-4 Kings, etc.

1. f. 1 recto blank. ff. 1v-8r Biblical genealogy beginning with Adam and ending with Paul the Apostle. Genealogy uses both text and diagrams mainly consisting of rondels connected by double lines. ff. 8v-12v blank.

2. ff. 13r-163r First twelve books of the Bible in the usual order as described by N. R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, vol. 1 (Oxford, 1969) 96-97. Prologues in parentheses as listed in Stegmüller, Repertorium Biblicum Medii Aevi (Madrid, 1950-): General Prologue (284); Prologue to the Pentateuch (285); Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy; Joshua (311 + 307); Judges; Ruth; 1 Kings (323); 2 Kings; 3 Kings, 4 Kings. ff. 163v-165v ruled but blank.

3. ff. 166r-182r Aaron a quibus primogenitoribus nascitur. . .post captiuitatem Babylonis.

Anonymous, Tabula verior in historiam scholasticam vet.. A-Z; Stegmüller, no. 9463.

4. ff. 182v-233v Aaz apprehendens uel apprehensio. . .Zuzim consiliantes eos uel consiliatores eorum. ff. 234-236 ruled but blank.

Usual dictionary of Hebrew names; Stegmüller, no. 7709.

5. ff. 237r-286r Incipiunt concordantiae bibliae distincte per 5 libros primus agit de his quae pertinent ad prevaricationem primi hominis cum suis oppositis. . .prima pars primi libri incipit de peccato et eius effectibus. [Table of content:] Contra peccatum simpliciter. . .cur iuramentum aliquando sit licitum//ends incompletely. Text begins incompletely although no leaves are missing from the quire:] //Sucum calicem uini sucris. . .de desiderantibus diem domini.

Anthony of Padua, Concordance to the Bible; Stegmüller, no. 1382.

6. ff. 286r-292r Alphabetical list of dogmatic and moral topics suitable for homilies with references to the concordance in article 5. f. 292v ruled but blank.

Parchments (watermarks: ff. 1-12, 121-189 similar to Briquet Monts 11797; ff. 237-248 and 290 similar to Briquet Monts 11761; ff. 13-24, 190-213, 220-224, 248-275 similar to Briquet Tête de Boeuf 14724-26; ff. 25-72, 288-90 similar to Briquet Colonne 4353; ff. 73-120 unidentified ox head; ff. 214-276 similar to Brquiet Tour 15877-79), ff. iv (modern paper) + 292 + iv (modern paper), 316 x 214 mm. Each article has a distinct format. Article 1: 184 x 292 mm., written vertically full across the page, some bounding lines and rulings in lead. Article 2: 234 x 154 mm., written in 48 long lines ruled in hardpoint with single vertical bounding lines in lead or ink. Articles 3 and 4: 234 x 154 mm., written in 46-50 long lines ruled in hardpoint, the first two quires of these articles ar bounded with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines full length in ink, the rest are bounded with single vertical lines in hardpoint running only the length of the text. Articles 5 and 6: 241 x 155 mm., written in two columns, ca. 50 lines ruled in hardpoint with single vertical bounding lines on either side of each column. From ff. 236-260 bounding lines in ink or lead and then erratically thereafter in lead and hardpoint until f. 275. There are three narrowly spaced vertical lines on the right side of both columns marking off columns for Bible citations. Occasional prickings visible in top and bottom margins, especially in later quires.

I-XIII12, XIV10 (-9), XIV14, XV-XIX12, XX10 (-11), XXI10, XXII14, XXIII-XXV uncertain due to tight binding and repairs to quires. Horizontal catchwords in lower right corner, verso are visible on ff. 24, 108, 120, 133, 144, and 156.

The text is written by several scribes in a gothic cursive, if there is a top bounding line the text is written below, otherwise above the top line.

Simply decorated with plain initials, crudely rendered. Books begin with 7- to 9-line initials, chapters with 3-line, verses marked with red strokes; running heads in red; rubrication throughout. The genealogical tables are red with lettering in brown. Instructions for rubricator visible on f. 16r in upper margin.

Binding: Contemporary full-deerskin over wooden boards, traces of five bosses on upper and lower covers; binding recased, rebacked, and repaired in the corners. On brown leather label on spine:  "BIBLIA / MS. / PHILLIPPS 628." On top edge in ink: "Prima Pars Bibla."

Written in Germany in the 15th century. Early provenance unknown. This is part of a manuscript formerly containing 369 ff. from the collection of Leander van Ess, of Darmstadt, obtained in 1824 by Sir Thomas Phillipps (Middle Hill stamp and n. 628 on f. 1r); his sale (London, 1910, n. 191) to Bishop; this portion only was sold by William B. Gourley (New York, 4 Nov. 1936, n. 72, catalogue entry accompanies ms.; his initials in lead on f. 1r?) to Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, census no. in lead), and given by him to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

secundo folio: f. 14: appellabatur

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1683, no. 34.

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