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St Paul, Epistles with gloss: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 2

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St Paul, Epistles with gloss


Author: St Paul




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i parchment flyleaf + 134 fols. + i parchment flyleaf, 265 x 165 mm (170 x 140 mm), three columns: central column with biblical text 170 x 70 mm, 22 lines with interlinear gloss, outer column with gloss 170 x 40 mm, varying number of lines, inner column with gloss 170 x 23 mm, varying number of lines, ruled in hard point and plummet, quire marks.

BINDING: Late fifteenth century, Italy, brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on three supports, blind-stamped with interlaced rope work design and gilt punch dots, four small foliate corner bosses and one central boss on each cover, two leather straps (modern replacements) with metal clasps and rings on upper cover, metal catch plates on lower cover, metal title plate nailed to top of lower cover and enclosing parchment label inscribed Epistole s[an]c[t]i Pauli, modern repairs and leather replacement at head of upper cover.

SECUNDO FOLIO: ex fide vivit

SCRIPT: Early Gothic bookhand

CONTENTS: St Paul’s Epistles with prologues and argumenta:
fols. 1r-26r St Paul, Ad Romanos
fols. 26r-50v St Paul, Ad Corinthios I
fols. 50v-67r St Paul, Ad Corinthios II
fols. 67r-75v St Paul, Ad Galatas
fols. 75v-83v St Paul, Ad Ephesios
fols. 83v-88v St Paul, Ad Philippenses
fols. 89r-94r St Paul, Ad Colossenses
fols. 94r-98v St Paul, Ad Thessalonicenses I
fols. 98v-101r St Paul, Ad Thessalonicenses II
fols. 101r-106v St Paul, Ad Timotheum I
fols. 107r-111r St Paul, Ad Timotheum II
fols. 111r-113v St Paul, Ad Titum
fols. 113v-114v St Paul, Ad Philemonem
fols. 115r-132v St Paul, Ad Hebreos
fol. 133r Gloss on Matthew 18, column for biblical text left blank

ORNAMENTATION: Four zoomorphic initials formed of beasts and occasional human figures entwined in coiled foliage scrolls drawn in brown ink, tinted or highlighted with striated, vein-like patterns in red, blue, green and yellow, and set against bright green, blue, orange-red and yellow backgrounds, for the first four epistles: fol. 1r [P, 13 ll.]; fol. 26r [P, 12 ll.]; fol. 51r [P, 13 ll.]; fol. 67v [P, 12 ll.]; alternate red and blue initials [6-13 ll.] with voided ornament and geometric or arabesque motifs in the contrasting colour for remaining epistles (e.g. fol. 113v); alternate red and blue initials [2-3 ll.] with geometric ornament for prologues (e.g. fol. 26r); titles of books and prologues written in red capitals; opening words of books written in black capitals highlighted in red.


History note: The number 140 written in black ink on fol. 1r; classmark ‘H.1.9’ written in black ink on spine.

Legal notes

Given by Charles Fairfax Murray

Measurements and weight

Height: 265 mm
Width: 165 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1904) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


12th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1150

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Inner Column Height 170 mm Width 23 mm
Outer Column Height 170 mm Width 40 mm
Central Column Height 170 mm Width 70 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ex fide vivit
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 2
Primary reference Number: 118673
Project ID: 1189
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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