StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS LAT/7
TitleRabanus Maurus Commentaries
DateEarly 13th century
DescriptionManuscript volume, first quarter of the 13th century: In Mattheum (commentaries on the Gospel of St Matthew by Rabanus Maurus).

Text in a protogothic hand written above the top line. Rubrics in red and large capitals worked in red, blue and occasionally green. Larger decorated initials worked in red and green at the start of the volume, a few worked in red and blue towards the end. Marginal annotations in various hands throughout.
Extent1 volume containing 328 leaves
AdminHistoryRabanus Maurus: born at Mainz, Franconia, in 776 or 784; also called Hrabanus Magnentius; sent to Tours, France, to study under the noted scholar-monk Alcuin, 802; Abbot of the Benedictine abbey of Fulda, 803; developed it into a leading European centre of learning, its manuscripts and works of art making it among the richest literary conservatories in western Europe; Archbishop of Mainz; theologian, scholar and poet, whose work so contributed to the development of German language and literature that he received the title Praeceptor Germaniae ('Teacher of Germany'); died at Winkel, 856.
CustodialHistoryThe manuscript belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), baronet, an antiquary and bibliophile whose collection included c60,000 manuscripts of various kinds, some relating to the administration of Swiss towns. He acquired this manuscript, with other manuscripts mainly from Pontigny, from the Abb Allard in the late 1820s. Formerly Phillipps MS 3727. Various manuscripts were sold after Sir Thomas's death, some to the German government, and were dispersed to several libraries. This manuscript was sold in 1913 at the George Dunn sale at Sotheby's.
AcquisitionBought by University College London in 1919 from Davis and Orioli.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
FindingAidsDorothy K Coveney, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of University College London' (London, 1935); N R Ker, 'Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries' (London and Oxford, 1969); handlist at University College London Special Collections.
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