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CLA 230
  • Oxford United Kingdom Bodleian Library MS. Auctarium D. 2. 14 [2698]
Script Uncial
Date VI–VII (580 - 620)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably in Italy: its text of the Gospels is closely related to X, a pure Italian MS (see CLA 2.126). Early marginalia show that the MS was in England by the end of the eighth century. Evidence for earlier connection with England is lacking. The marginal liturgical entry in Anglo-Saxon script on fol. 149v refers to St Chad, so the MS may have been at Lichfield. A fly-leaf (not part of the main MS) contains a number of names, among them ‘Bealdƿuine abbas’, which may mean Baldwin, abbot of Bury St Edmunds, who died in 1098. Presented to the Bodleian in 1603 by Sir Robert Cotton.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66321
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Mt 4.14–fin., Mc, Lc, Io 1–21.15).
Name Gospels of St Augustine. Codex Oxoniensis.
Script Commentary

Script not very expert; noteworthy are the forms of and h; the bow of uncial A, is often very small. Unusual is the little monogram for Marcus in the margin where the parallel passages are given: it is strikingly like the one in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 286 (see CLA 2.126). Liturgical marginalia in contemporary sloping letters. Insular corrections and additions saec. VIII–IX. Some passages have neumes. Gospels begin with the invocation ‘Christe fave’ found also in the Amiatinus (see CLA 2 p. XV).


☛CLA first-edition date (VII med–VIII med) changed to follow second edition. ☛McGurk, Gospel books no. 32. ☛Formerly Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 857. ☛Brown, In the Beginning No. 53.

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