London, British Library, MS Cotton Domitian A i Miscellany

  • Latin
  • s. x/xiiin + s. xiii and later composite manuscript
  • English manuscripts, Welsh manuscripts
  • vellum
Composite manuscript. The first 55 folios contains English (especially Anglo-Latin) material written between the 10th and early 12th centuries. The subsequent folios (ff. 56-160) belong to a manuscript of St David's from 13th century and later.
Collection: Cotton manuscripts
Cotton Domitian A i
Provenance and related aspects
s. x/xiiin + s. xiii and later
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
composite manuscript
Distinct units
f. 2r–f. 37r

Part I (a), containing: f. 2r Bede, De natura rerum (Book 2 only); ff. 3r–36v: Isidore of Seville, De natura rerum.

f. 37v–f. 39v

Part II.

f. 40–f. 54v

Part III.

f. 55v

Part I(b): A medical recipe.

f. 55v

Addition: booklist.

f. 56r–f. 160v
Table of contents

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Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] British Library: digitised manuscripts, Online: British Library. URL: <>.

Secondary sources (select)

Gneuss, Helmut, Handlist of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts: a list of manuscripts and manuscript fragments written or owned in England up to 1100, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 241, Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2001.
[id. 326.]
Ker, N. R., Catalogue of manuscripts containing Anglo-Saxon, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957.
[id. 146.]
Dennis Groenewegen
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June 2014, last updated: October 2023