“Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge” (1997)

Front Cover for Mildred Budny's "Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge" (1994), Volume I (Text)

Front Cover Volume I: Text

The Illustrated Catalogue (1997)

Mildred Budny,
Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art
at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge:
An Illustrated Catalogue

with Photography by Mildred Budny

In 2 volumes with Text and Plates (Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1997)
ISBN 1-8789288-87-7

Published by
Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University
in association with
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
The Parker Library
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Cover design by Linda K. Judy

Photographs joint copyright Corpus Christi College and Mildred Budny
21 pages of Plates in Color and 747 pages in black and white

Text layout designed by Leslie French
Plate layout designed by Mildred Budny
Set in Adobe Garamond™
with special characters, including the Old English and Greek fonts,
designed by Leslie French
Camera-ready copy prepared by Mildred Budny

Original price per set $300 US.


Gold stamp on blue cloth of the logo of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence. Detail from the front cover of Volume II of 'The Illustrated Catalogue'Now the set of volumes is now available through the Research Group for the special price of $97 US (plus shipping) through our Orders Page.

Also, available freely as downloadable booklets, we have published 2 Interviews describing the decisions underpinning the design and layout of these volumes:

Title Page for "Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge" (1997)


View Toward the Entrance to the Parker Library in mid-1989 photograph © Mildred Budny

View Toward the Entrance to the Parker Library in mid-1989. Photograph © Mildred Budny.

Volume I:  Text


“Foreword” by David M. Wilson
“List of Abbreviations”
“Preface and Acknowledgments” and “Addenda” by Mildred Budny
“Introduction” by R.I. Page
“List of Plates”

“The Scope and Structure of the Catalogue” by Mildred Budny

“Catalogue of Manuscripts and Fragments at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, with Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Illustrations, Decoration, and Artists’ Sketches” by Mildred Budny

Listed by Budny Catalogue Number:

Contents Page of Illustrated Catalogue of "Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge" (1997)

Contents Page

[Update: At last, since January 2018, access to the online Parker On The Web (2005‒) has become available more freely, without costly subscription. As a result, its URLS have changed.  Now see Parker Library On the Web.

Remember, the photography and publication of the 2-volume Illustrated Catalogue preceded by some years the digitization and publication of online facsimiles of manuscript materials at the Parker Library. Note that the titles assigned to the manuscripts in the Web version differ in various ways from those offered in the Budny catalogue.]

1. MS 286.  The Gospels of St. Augustine of Canterbury — MS 286

2. MS 304.  The Corpus Juvencus — MS 304

3. MS 197B.  The Cambridge Portion of the Cambridge–London Gospels — MS 197B

4. MS 173, Part II.  The Corpus Sedulius — Part II of MS 173, combined with Part I (= Number 11 below)

5. MS 69.  Homiliae in Evangelia, Book II, by Gregory the Great — MS 069

6. MS 144.  The Corpus Glossary — MS 144, along with Number 56 below

7. MS 153.  The Corpus Martianus Capella — MS 153

8. MS 193.  The Corpus Hexameron and its Added Endleaves — MS 193

9. MS 399.  The Corpus Julian of Toledo — MS 399

10. MS 223.  The Saint-Bertin Prudentius — MS 223

11. MS 173, Part I.  The Parker Chronicle and Laws — Part I of MS 173, combined with Part II (= Number 4 above)

12. MS 183.  King Athelstan’s Presentation Copy of Bede’s Vita Sancti Cuthberti and Other Texts —
MS 183

13. MS 12.  The Corpus Alfredian Pastoral Care — MS 012

14. MS 192.  The Landévennec Amalarius — MS 192

15. MS 221, Part I.  Alcuin’s and Bede’s Orthographiae — Part I of MS 221

16. MS 206.  Dialectical and Theological Texts by Martianus Capella, St. Augustine of Hippo, Aristotle, Alcuin, Boethius, and Others — MS 206

17. MS 448.  Religious Texts by Prosper, Isidore, Prudentius, and Others — MS 448

18. MS 320, Part II.  Archbishop Theodore’s Penitential, the Libellus Responsionum of Gregory the Great, and Other Texts — Part II of MS 320

19. MS 356, Part III.  Latin Abba-Glossary — Part III of MS 356

20. MS 352.  Boethius’s De Institutione Arithmeticae — MS 352

21. MS 326.  The Corpus Aldhelm — MS 326

First page of 'Scope and Structure of the Catalogue' in 'The Illustrated Catalogue (1997) by Mildred Budny

‘The Scope and Structure of the Catalogue’

22. MS 411.  “Archbishop N.’s and Thomas Becket’s” Latin Gallican Psalter, with Canticles and Litanies — MS 411

23. MS 389.  The Vitae of Sts. Paul and Guthlac by St. Jerome and Felix — MS 389

24. MS 23, Part I.  The Corpus Prudentius — Part I of MS 023

25. MS 57.  Benedictine Monastic Texts for Abingdon Abbey — MS 057

26. MS 368.  The Rule of St. Benedict — MS 368

27. MS 285, Part II.  Aldhelm’s Carmen de Virginitate and De Octo Vitiis Principalibus — Part II of MS 285

28. MS 162, Part I.  Old English Homilies by Æfric and Others — Part I of MS 162

29. MS 201, Part I.  Wulfstanian Ecclesiastical and Secular Handbook — Part I of MS 201

30. MS 473.  The Corpus Winchester Troper — MS 473

31. MS 146.  The Samson Pontifical:  Winchester Pontifical and Benedictional, with Worcester Supplements — MS 146

32. MS 41.  The Corpus Old English Bede — MS 041

33. MSS 419 + 421.  Old English Homilies by Wulfstan, Ælfric, and Others, Supplemented at Exeter — MS 419 + MS 421

34. MS 190.  Ecclesiastical Handbook from Exeter:  A Witness to “Archbishop Wulfstan’s ‘Commonplace Book’ ” — MS 190

35. MS 178.  Bilingual Rule of St. Benedict — MS 178

36. MS 198.  Old English Homilies by Ælfric and Others, Supplemented probably at Worcester — MS 198

37. MS 188.  Enlarged Version of Ælfric’s First Series of Catholic Homilies — MS 188

38. MSS 140 + 111, pp. 7–8 and 55–56.  The “West-Saxon” Gospels from Bath Abbey — MS 140 + MS 111

39. MS 163.  Romano–Germanic Pontifical Adapted for Use in a Female Community — MS 163

40. MS 265, Part I.  Ecclesiastical Handbook from Worcester:  A Witness to “Archbishop Wulfstan’s ‘Commonplace Book’ ” —Part I of MS 265

41. MS 9.  The Corpus Portion of the London–Cambridge Legendary: The Earliest Witness to the “Cotton Cambridge Legendary” — MS 009

42. MS 322.  The Old English Dialogues of Gregory the Great — MS 322

43. MS 391.  The Portiforium of St. Wulfstan — MS 391

Catalogue Front Cover Volume II: Plates

Front Cover Volume II: Plates

44. MS 422, Part II.  The Red Book of Darley — Part II of MS 422

45. MS 361.  Regula Pastoralis by Gregory the Great — MS 361

46. MS 44.  The Corpus Canterbury Pontifical MS 044

47. MS 267.  Historiae, Part I, by Frechulf of Lisieux — MS 267

48. MS 270.  The “Missal” of St. Augustine’s Abbey — MS 270

49. MS 291.  Bede’s De Temporum Ratione and Other Computistical Texts — MS 291

50. MS 276.  Historia Romanorum by Eutropius and Paul the Deacon, and Historia Normannorum by Dudo of Saint-Quentin — MS 276

51. MS 253, Part I.  Confessiones by St. Augustine of Hippo — Part I of MS 253

52. MS 149.  The Corpus Latin Josephus:  Hegesippus’s Historiae Libri Quinque MS 149

53. MS 328, Part I.  Osbern’s Vita Sancti Dunstani and Liturgical Texts for St. Dunstan — Part I of MS 328

54. MS 330, Part I.  William of Malmesbury’s Copy of Martianus Capella’s De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii —
Part I of MS 330

55. MS 199.  Ieuan ap Sulien’s Copy of the Liber de Sancta Trinitate by St. Augustine of Hippo — MS 199

56. MS 144, Endleaves.  Irish Fragment of Priscian’s Institutiones Grammaticae, Book II — Back endleaves of MS 144 , along with Number 4 above

“List of Works Cited and Suggestions for Further Reading”
“Index of Manuscripts”

Volume 2:  Plates

21 pages in Color (Full-page Frontispieces to each volume and Color Section at the end of Volume I)
747 pages in black and white in Volume II

Motto of the Catalogue, a quote by John Milton (1644)

Motto of the Catalogue


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  1. […] The Research Group is dedicated to the study of manuscript materials, including scripts, texts, decoration, illustrations, diagrams, maps, musical notations, and more.  You name it.  Anything produced by hand in the creation of evidence that records human experience, aspirations, knowledge, research, and discoveries, across a long range of time and space.  When we first organized as an entity, because of the focus of our chosen research project, we concentrated upon the period of production and transmission of manuscripts, in various languages, to and through England and English (or Old and Middle English) in the Middle Ages and beyond.  Some of the process and the fruits of that concentration are recorded here: History Research Group Seminars on the Evidence of Manuscripts and the Illustrated Catalogue of Insular, Anglo-Saxon, and Early Anglo-Norman Manuscript Art at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. […]