Bede the Venerable, St. Augustine, and St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

Manuscript, Book
[Waverley, England] : [producer not identified], [between 1175 and 1225]
1 volume (i, 92, i leaves) : parchment ; 28 cm


  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Garrett MS. 71 is a composite volume comprised of three distinct parts, which were written at different times between about 1175 and 1215, in the opinion of Richard H. Rouse.
  • Script: Protogothic, in several different hands.
  • Decoration: Part I: text opens with a 6-line red initial D (fol. 2r); subsequent divisions marked with 2- to 3-line plain red initials, except one blue initial (fol. 68r), and a 7-line red initial D on fol. 50v; Part II: text opens with a 4-line blue initial Q (fol. 51r); subsequent sections marked with 2- to 3-line red or blue initials; some capitals stroked in red on fols 51r-59r; Part III: text opens with 6-line red and bluish green parti-colored initial M with red pen flourishes (fol. 71r); 1- to 3-line alternating bluish green and red initials, parti-colored, or red initials for the remainder; some capitals stroked in red on fols. 71r and 81r.
Binding note
England, 14th century. Alum-tawed deerskin (?) over slightly cushioned oak boards (approximately 10 mm thick); rebacked in the early 20th century.
  • 1.2r-26v. ... [E]xpositio venerabilis Bede presbyteri in actus apostolorum
  • 2.27r-30r. ... [L]iber [iv] in dei nomine exposicionis venerabilis Bede presbiteri in actus apostolorum
  • 3. 30r-50v. ... [L]ibellus retractationis Venerabilis Bede presbiteri in actus apostolorum
  • 4.50v. Incipit prefacio Sancti Bernardi abbatis in librum subsequentem
  • 5.51r-62v. ... [L]iber sancti Augustini episcopi de uera et falsa penitencia
  • 6. 62v-70r. “Incipit prefatio sancti Bernardi abbatis in librum subsequentem
  • 7.70v. [De temporum ratione liber] / Bedae venerabilis
  • 8. 71r-84r. Incipiunt meditationes beati Bernardi abbatis de miseria hominis
  • 9. 84r-85r. Quedam excerpta ex libro exhortacionis Sancti Augustini
  • 10. 85r-92r. Parabola sancti Bernardi de Rege nobili et filiabus eius
  • 11. 92v-93v. [Antiphons and responsories].
Garrett MS. 71 was written in the south of England and was in the library of the Cistercian Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Waverley, near Farnham, Surrey. The manuscript was acquired by the London antiquarian bookseller Bernard Quaritch. Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript on 15 July 1925 from Quaritch. Garrett's gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 139-143.
Cite as
Garrett MS. 71, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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