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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 180 (2079)

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180 (2079)
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Initials: Red, blue, purple, or green initials. They mark sections and paragraphs, mainly at the beginning of chapters. They are inserted against guiding letters left by the main hand in the external margins of the manuscript. Not all the gaps have been decorated, see fols 11r (no guiding letter in the margin), 29r, 30r, 31r, 45r, 64v and 92v.

    • fol. 1r, four-line ornamental capital in red.
    • fol. 1r, four-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 3v, four-line ornamental capital in green with pen-ink decorations in red.
    • fol. 4r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 4r, two-line capital in blue with pen-ink decoration in red.
    • fol. 5v, three-line ornamental capital in red with pen-ink decorations in blue and green.
    • fol. 5v, two-line ornamental capital in red.
    • fol. 7v, three-line ornamental capital in red.
    • fol. 8r, two-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 11v, three-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 12r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 13r, two-line capital in purple.
    • fol. 13r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 15r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 15r, two-line capital in green.
    • fol. 15v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 15v, two-line capital in purple.
    • fol. 16v, two-line ornamental capital in red.
    • fol. 17r, two-line capital in purple.
    • fol. 19v, four-line capital in red with pen-ink decorations in green.
    • fol. 19v, two-line ornamental capital in blue.
    • fol. 20r, two-line ornamental capital in red with pen-ink work in blue.
    • fol. 20r, two-line ornamental capital in green with pen-ink decorations in red.
    • fol. 23r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 23v, two-line ornamental capital in red with pen-ink decorations in green.
    • fol. 23v, four-line ornamental capital in blue with pen-ink decorations in red.
    • fol. 24v, four-line capital in red with pen-ink work in red.
    • fol. 24v, three-line ornamental capital in red with pen-ink decorations in red.
    • fol. 24v, four-line capital in green.
    • fol. 25r, two-line ornamental capital in purple.
    • fol. 25r, two-line ornamental capital in red.
    • fol. 29r, two-line capital in green.
    • fol. 31v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 31v, two-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 31v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 32r, two-line ornamental capital in blue with pen-ink decorations in red.
    • fol. 34v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 34v, two-line ornamental capital in blue.
    • fol. 35v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 35v, two-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 36r, two-line ornamental capital in red with pen-ink decorations in green.
    • fol. 36r, two-line capital in green.
    • fol. 36r, one-line capital in red.
    • fol. 36r, one-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 36v, one-line ornamental capital in red.
    • fol. 36v, one-line capital in purple.
    • fol. 37r, one-line capital in red.
    • fol. 37r, one-line capital in purple.
    • fol. 37r, one-line capital in red.
    • fol. 38r, two-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 38r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 39r, one-line capital in red.
    • fol. 39v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 39v, two-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 41r, two-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 41v, two-line ornamental capital in red.
    • fol. 41v, two-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 41v, three-line capital in red.
    • fol. 42v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 43r, two-line capital in purple.
    • fol. 43r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 43v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 43v, two-line capital in blue.
    • fol. 45v, two-line decorated capital in red.
    • fol. 49r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 51v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 51v, two-line capital in green.
    • fol. 55v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 59r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 65v, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 65v, three-line capital in green.
    • fol. 69v, two-line ornamental capital in blue with decorations in red.
    • fol. 70r, two-line capital in red.
    • fol. 77v, four-line ornamental capital in purple with decorations in red.
    • fol. 85r, two-line ornamental capital in red with decorations in purple.
    • fol. 87v, five-line capital in red.
    • fol. 89r, three-line capital in red.
    • fol. 89r, three-line capital in purple.
    • fol. 92v, two-line ornamental capital in red.
    • fol. 94r, two-line capital in purple.
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A s. xiv hand has inserted marginal annotations and headings to guide through books and chapters of the text, see for example fols 6v, 9r, 10v, 87v. The same hand wrote numbers, probably of chapters and books, on the lower margin of fol. 29v.

Binding Description: 

Bound, s. xviii.

Accompanying Material: 

Former 12 binding leaves of the manuscript now Oxford, Bodleian Library, Add. MS. D. 98 (see Madan 1895-1953, n. 2079, p. 201) contain a fourteenth-century copy of the Digest of Justinian (bks 19, 20) in a large hand. One of them, fol. 3r, bears an inscription, s. xvi: 'Boecius de consolatione philosophie translated into the Saxonie tong by King Ælfred'. These leaves were bound separately in 1884. They were acquired according to Madan not later than 1602. An old Bodleian shelfmark 'NE.C.3.11.', which was cut from the former binding, is pasted onto the backcover.