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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 140

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Decoration Description: 

Openings are in rustic capitals. Initials are in green, blue or red (two shades), often decorated with foliate, geometric or interlace motifs in Late Anglo-Saxon style, with some elements of earlier Anglo-Saxon style (Budny 1997, p. 579). Red initials with blue linings are found on fols 7v, 45 (Ker 1957, p. 48). From fol. 39v, the enlarged initials seem no longer to be in colour and are composed of thicker lines, black ink, and, when corresponding with the beginning of a new line on the page, offset into the double vertical bounding lines.


Annotated in the sixteenth century, perhaps by a member of Bath Cathedral Priory. A note at the top of fol. 147v is in the same hand as annotations to some leaves in CCCC 111, for example pp. 4-5, 97-98, 132, to which two leaves from this manuscript now belong.

Matthew Parker entered the running titles, the modern gospel chapter numbers and the originally omitted initial I of John 15:1 (fol. 138r). He also added L-shaped marks with the text- block and corresponding sideways S-shaped marks in the margins to indicate the paragraphing of CUL Ii. 2. 11. He probably entered the modern verse numbers, written in ink above the opening words, in the text of John to the end of chapter 15 (Budny 1997, p. 580).

Binding Description: 

The manuscript shows traces of its Parkerian binding in the partly coloured stains and impressions on fols 1r and 147v of unevenly-trimmed, alum-tawed leather turn-ins. It was sent to the binders in 1748, in a group of 24 manuscripts 'Taken out to be repaired in ye Binding', according to the records in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Archives B. 3, fols 88v-89r. The manuscript was rebound again in 1953 with a full binding of native undyed goatskin over millboards by John P. Gray & Son of Cambridge (Budny 1997, pp. 581-82).