Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Auct. D. 2. 14 (2698)

Main Article Content

A. N. Doane


339. Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Auct. D. 2. 14 (2698)

"Gospels of St. Augustine," "Codex Oxoniensis (O)"

[Ker 290, Gneuss 529, Lowe 2.230]

HISTORY: Written in Italy, 6c/7c according to Lowe, but according to Glunz (1933: 304) written in England by 7c, from an Italian prototype; in any case, probably later than St. Augustine of Canterbury, with whom the manuscript has been associated only since the time of Wanley. The text, Wordsworth and White's "O", "is Roman and a mixture of Vulgate and numerous Old Latin elements" (Glunz 1933: 17; see also 304-5 and Glunz 1930: 89-114). Text is closely related to Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 286 [47], an Italian manuscript, though original marginal entries in Auct. D. 2. 14 have lections that correspond to Gallican, Mozarabic, and Roman usages. Perhaps in Mercia at an early date, as an 8c marginal entry in Insular minuscule (f. 149v, reversed) relates to St. Ceadd, indicating Lichfield. Nicholson (in Madan and Craster 1922: 501) speculates that Wilfred brought it with him from Gaul to Lichfield in 666 or 667. The added leaf (f. 173) of 1 lc contains the name 'Bealdwuine abb<as>,' identified as Baldwin, abbot of Bury St. Edmunds (d. 1098); Freoda, his brother, is connected with Suffolk in the Domesday survey (see Robertson 1939: 250). Old mark '(2698) Bod. 857.' on top off. lr, with Cottonian title, 'Quatuor Euangelista litteris Antiquissimis' and on f. 2r 'Robertus Cotton Cuningtonensis.' Given by Cotton to the Bodleian in 1603 (Tite 1992: 108).

Article Details

Manuscript Descriptions