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Bible: Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-4 Kings, etc., 1400 - 1499

Identifier: Gordan Ms 34


ff. 1v-8r Biblical genealogy beginning with Adam and ending with Paul the Apostle. Genealogy uses both text and diagrams mainly consisting of rondels connected by double lines. ff. 8v-12v blank. ff. 13r-163r First twelve books of the Bible in the usual order as described by N. R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, vol. 1 (Oxford, 1969) 96-97. Prologues in parentheses as listed in Stegmüller, Repertorium Biblicum Medii Aevi (Madrid, 1950-): General Prologue (284); Prologue to the Pentateuch (285); Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy; Joshua (311 + 307); Judges; Ruth; 1 Kings (323); 2 Kings; 3 Kings, 4 Kings. ff. 163v-165v ruled but blank. ff. 166r-182r Aaron a quibus primogenitoribus nascitur. . .post captiuitatem Babylonis. ff. 182v-233v Aaz apprehendens uel apprehensio. . .Zuzim consiliantes eos uel consiliatores eorum. ff. 234-236 ruled but blank. ff. 286r-292r Alphabetical list of dogmatic and moral topics suitable for homilies with references to the concordance in article 5. f. 292v ruled but blank.


  • Creation: 1400 - 1499


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Written in Germany in the 15th century. Early provenance unknown. This is part of a manuscript formerly containing 369 ff. from the collection of Leander van Ess, of Darmstadt, obtained in 1824 by Sir Thomas Phillipps (Middle Hill stamp and n. 628 on f. 1r); his sale (London, 1910, n. 191) to Bishop; this portion only was sold by William B. Gourley (New York, 4 Nov. 1936, n. 72, catalogue entry accompanies ms.; his initials in lead on f. 1r?) to Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate, census no. in lead).

Other related names

  1. van Ess, Leander, Darmstadt, former owner
  2. Phillipps, Sir Thomas, former owner
  3. Bishop, bookseller
  4. Gourley, William B., former owner
  5. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  6. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor
  7. Gordan, Phyllis Goodhart, owner
  8. Gordan, John Dozier Jr., owner

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Howard Lehman Goodhart to Phyllis Goodhart Gordan (bookplate) and John Dozier Gordan, Jr.

Physical Description

Parchments support, (watermarks: ff. 1-12, 121-189 similar to Briquet Monts 11797; ff. 237-248 and 290 similar to Briquet Monts 11761; ff. 13-24, 190-213, 220-224, 248-275 similar to Briquet Tête de Boeuf 14724-26; ff. 25-72, 288-90 similar to Briquet Colonne 4353; ff. 73-120 unidentified ox head; ff. 214-276 similar to Brquiet Tour 15877-79), ff. iv (modern paper) + 292 + iv (modern paper)

Contemporary full-deerskin over wooden boards, traces of five bosses on upper and lower covers; binding recased, rebacked, and repaired in the corners. On brown leather label on spine: "BIBLIA / MS. / PHILLIPPS 628." On top edge in ink: "Prima Pars Bibla."

316 x 214 mm

Each article has a distinct format. Article 1: 184 x 292 mm., written vertically full across the page, some bounding lines and rulings in lead. Article 2: 234 x 154 mm., written in 48 long lines ruled in hardpoint with single vertical bounding lines in lead or ink. Articles 3 and 4: 234 x 154 mm., written in 46-50 long lines ruled in hardpoint, the first two quires of these articles ar bounded with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines full length in ink, the rest are bounded with single vertical lines in hardpoint running only the length of the text. Articles 5 and 6: 241 x 155 mm., written in two columns, ca. 50 lines ruled in hardpoint with single vertical bounding lines on either side of each column. From ff. 236-260 bounding lines in ink or lead and then erratically thereafter in lead and hardpoint until f. 275. There are three narrowly spaced vertical lines on the right side of both columns marking off columns for Bible citations. Occasional prickings visible in top and bottom margins, especially in later quires.

Gothic cursive script, written by several scribes.

Simply decorated with plain initials, crudely rendered. Books begin with 7- to 9-line initials, chapters with 3-line, verses marked with red strokes; running heads in red; rubrication throughout. The genealogical tables are red with lettering in brown. Instructions for rubricator visible on f. 16r in upper margin.

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