Gilbert the Universal, Commentary on the Book of Lamentations. IE TCD MS 124 Public Deposited

Gilbert the Universal, Commentary on the Book of Lamentations. IE TCD MS 124

Alternative title
  • Expositio Super Lamentationes Et Orationem Ieremie
  • Gilbertus Altissiodorensis, Expositio Super Lamentationes Et Orationem Ieremie
  • Lamentations
  • Commentary on the Book of Lamentations
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 124
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • England
Date Created
  • between approximately 1175-1225
Physical extent
  • i, 54 folios
  • 230mm x 155mm (maximum)
  • c155mm x c115mm (written space)
  • IE TCD MS 124 is a volume containing Lamentations, with the gloss of Gilbert the Universal (d. 1134), Bishop of London and Deacon of Auxerre. The manuscript was donated to Christ Church Priory, Canterbury by Helyas Thesaurarius, and is featured as item 1096, 'Lamentaciones Ieremie, glos.', on the early 14th-century book list of Henry of Eastry (d. 1331), prior of Christ Church (now London, British Library, Cotton MS Galba E IV) (M.R. James (ed.), 'The Ancient Libraries of Canterbury and Dover' (Cambridge, 1903), 102). Folios 1-54: Gilbert the Universal, Commentary on the Book of Lamentations (edition in 'Biblia Sacra Cum Glossa Ordinaria' 3, (Antwerp, 1617); F. Stegmüller, 'Repertorium Biblicum Medii Aeui', (Madrid, 1950-1980), no. 2544): Incipiunt Lamentationes Ieremie prophete. Paschasius. Sunt Cantica Canticorum, sunt et Lamentationes - nec penitentie nec uenie locus erit. Sufficiant hec ad expositionem Lamentationum Ieremie, que de patrum fontibus hausi ego Gilbertus Altisiodorensis ecclesie diaconus. The author describes himself at the end of the text as 'Gilbert, deacon of the church of Auxerre'. 54v left blank. Parchment; 54 leaves (+ 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves and 3 medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end). Layout: Single-column interlinear gloss (1-50) with portion of text arranged in 2 parallel columns with interlinear gloss (50v-54). c35 lines. Writing above top line. Script: Protogothic. Corrections and marginalia: Pencil corrections, which were adopted by the scribe and marginal notation in ink. Flyleaf (i) features title of work added in a 14th-century hand, 'Expositio Gilberti Altisiodorensis super Lamentaciones Ieremie ut patet in fi' (!). Running chapter numbers of Lamentations added in a 14th-century hand. A line of verse added in margin (21v) (extract from 19.19 of Evrard de Béthune, Graecismus (J. Wrobel (ed.), 'Eberhardi Bethuniensis Graecismus' (Breslau, 1887), 181)) in a later documentary hand. Nota anagram (20) and manicule drawings (54) added. 2nd folio: uel defectus (2). Pressmark of Christ Church Priory, Canterbury: OG (i, flyleaf). Initials in alternating red and blue inks, often with penwork decoration. Biblical text accompanied by rubrics. For a full description of IE TCD MS 124 see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library's catalogue entry at
  • Binding executed for the College about 1830 in blind-tooled leather.
  • Former shelfmarks: Lyon: A.5.9; Bernard: 467; Foley: G.57; c1670: M.1.29; Ussher: GGG.43
  • For IE TCD MS 124 see N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Libraries of Great Britain', second edition, Royal Historical Society, (London, 1964), 35, 240.
Finding aid
  • Recorded in library catalogue of Prior Henry of Eastry of Christ Church, Canterbury (London, British Library, Cotton MS Galba E IV) as item number 1096 and gift of Helyas Thesaurarius, with library inscription of Christ Church on flyleaf (i), 'Lamentat[iones] Ieremie helie'. Manuscript recorded as item number 114 in the book catalogue of antiquarian Henry Savile of Banke (1568-1617), (London, British Library, Add MS 35213 and Harley MS 1879) (A.G. Watson, 'The Manuscripts of Henry Savile of Banke', The Bibliographical Society, (London, 1969), no. 114). The manuscript was acquired from Savile's library by The Most Reverend James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (r. 1625-1656), and features shelfmark of Ussher's book collection, 'GGG.43' (i). The Ussher library was gifted by King Charles II to Trinity College Dublin in 1661.
  • This digitisation work was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Resource type
  • ink
  • colored ink
  • leather
  • parchment (animal material)
  • English
Digital Object Id
  • MS124_001
  • 0152461


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