Coxe MS. 9
Bible, with prefaces [and the Interpretation of Hebrew names ???], in Latin

[France, probably Paris, mid 13th century]


A TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF A POCKET-SIZE 'PARIS' BIBLE

 13th Century Bible
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A typical example of a pocket-size 'Paris' Bible, this copy is textually comparable to MS. 1, although it is far less lavishly illuminated, having only red and blue initials in ink executed with a pen, rather than gold and pigments applied with a brush. Such 'Paris' Bibles were produced in large numbers, and this example is remarkable mainly for the very extensive near-contemporary annotations that crowd many of the margins, often with an indication of their source, including 'Raban.' indicating Rabanus Maurus (d.856) and 'Aug' indicating St Augustine (d. 430), each of whom wrote a number of commentaries on biblical books. Such annotations suggest that this volume was owned at an early date by a student of theology, probably at the university of Paris, although not necessarily a Frenchman: students came from all over Europe to study Theology at Paris.

The book of Baruch has an added 13th-century marginal note in red stating that it is one of the Apocrypha, and the same owner has written notes in the Gospels indicating the reading of passages in Easter Week; such additions give an insight into the interests of later readers.

The first flyleaf has the armorial bookplate of 'Richard Warner of Woodford Row, Essex' (1711-1775), who gave it to the College in 1762; at his death he also bequeathed all four Folios of Shakespeare, with about 4,400 other volumes, including the medieval manuscripts MSS. 13 and 15.

Text kindly provided, especially for this exhibition, by Peter Kidd