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MS 9: Biblia Sacra [Bible. Latin. Vulgate], 1367

Identifier: MS 9
Biblia Sacra (MS 9)
Biblia Sacra (MS 9)

Scope and Contents

This manuscript contains the text of the Vulgate for the Old Testament from Genesis to Esther. It includes the apocryphal Prayer of Manasseh, placed at the end of Second Chronicles.
Prologue to the Bible (Letter to Paulinus): starts on f. 1r; this is the letter written by Jerome to Paulinus, bishop of Nola, placed at the beginning of the Vulgate as general preface. It is introduced by the rubricated words Incipit prologus beati Jheronimi presbiteri ad paulinum de omnibus divine historie libris and begins with Frater ambrosius michi tua minuscola perferens.
Prologue of Jerome to the Pentateuch (Letter to Desiderius): starts on f. 4r. It is introduced by the rubricated words Incipit praefatio sancti Jheronimi presbiteri in pentateucum and begins with the words Desiderii mei desiderata litteras accepi. Pentateuch is the name which collectively identifies to the first five books of the Bible.
Pentateuch: starts on f. 4v. It is composed of: Genesis (starts on f. 4v), Exodus (starts on f. 27r), Leviticus (starts on f. 44v), Numbers (starts on f. 57r), Deuteronomy (starts on f. 74v).
Historical Books: starts on f. 91v. They are composed of: Prologue to Joshua (starts on f. 91v), Joshua (starts on f. 92r), Judges (starts on f. 103v), Ruth (starts on f. 115v), Prologue to Kings (starts on f. 117v), First Kings (starts on f. 118v and corresponds to First Samuel), Second Kings (starts on f. 135r and corresponds to Second Samuel), Third Kings (starts on f. 148v and corresponds to First Kings), Fourth Kings (starts on f. 164r and corresponds to Second Kings), Prologue to First Chronicles (starts on f. 178v). First Chronicles (starts on f. 179r), Prologue to Second Chronicles (starts on f. 192r), Second Chronicles (starts on f. 192v), Oratione Manasse (starts on f. 208v), Prologue to Ezra (starts on f. 209r), Ezra (starts on f. 209v), Nehemiah (starts on f. 214r), First Esdras (starts on f. 220v), Prologue to Tobit (on f. 228r), Tobit (starts on f. 228r), Prologue to Judith (on f. 232v), Judith (starts on f. 232v), Prologue to Esther (on f. 239r), Esther (starts on f. 239r).
Scope and Contents Fairly good, uniform hand, signed by scribe, with little ornament. Chapter initials are plain red twoline capitals inset; book initials four-line, red, with purple penwork.
Illumination No illumination.


  • 1367


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

The scribe signs his name with a date at the end of the book: Liber Everhardi Konnyncpeters anno Domini 1367 ('Book of Everard Konnyncpeters, Year of the Lord 1367').
There is also an inscription in a 19th-century hand at the beginning: Ego Everhardus Trompeters [sic] vicarius Altaris Omnium Apostolorum in ecclesia Reesensi scripsi manu mea hunc librum. A.D. 1367. In the end of the volume. ('I, Everard Trompeters, vicar of the altar of All Apostles in the church of Rees, wrote this book in my own hand. Year of the Lord 1367'). 'Rees' most probably refers to the town of that name in the Rhine Province, Germany, also known as Rhenish Prussia. This exact inscription, in which the name appears to have been misread, does not now appear in the end of the volume. As the manuscript could be either the first volume of a two- or three-volume Bible, or the first part of a fat volume of the Old Testament which was later split up, this inscription could be in another part.
Borland dates this manuscript to 1367, which is the date given in the ex-libris [i.e. bookplate] on f. 245 and in a 19th-century note (f. 1r). This cannot be correct, since the paper dates to the 15th century. Watermarks are mostly the letter 'p' except for the last few folios which have the arms of France quartering Dauphine (cf. Briquet 1852-53). The date in the ex-libris is in Roman numerals and it is possible that the third 'C' has either been omitted or erased. The English inscription St Jeromes' Preface appears at the top of f. 1r. There are no other marks.
Ghent, University Library, MS 435 must be by the same scribe. According to Colophons de manuscrits occidentaux des origines au XVIe siècle, written by the Benedectins of Bouveret and printed in Fribourg in 1967, note n. 3842, the Ghent manuscript contains the inscription Ego Everhardus Konnyck Peters vicarius altaris omnium apostolorum in ecclesia Reyssense aggregavi hanc partem epistolarum Ieronimi gloriosi libris meis a.d. 1471 residuum ... quare in alio volumine ('I, Everhardus Konnyck Peters, vicar of the altar of All Apostles in the church of Rees, gathered this part of the letters of the glorious Jerome in my books in the Year of the Lord 1471, the rest ... because in another volume').

Previous reference



Bénédectins du Bouveret (1967), Colophons de manuscrits occidentaux des origines au XVIe siècle, Tome II, Colophons signés E-H, Fribourg, number 3841, p. 38.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper.

Binding: Oak boards covered stamped leather, two brass clasps broken, rebacked.

Collation: a10—x10, y8, z10, A10, B7 = 245.


25.85 cm x 20.96 cm


Secundo folio: Demostenes eloquens.
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 245, double columns, 43 and 44 lines to a page.

Repository Details

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