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Usserianus Primus - Dublin, Trinity College MS A. 4. 15 (55) (180 folios) early 7th century

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Durham Gospel Book - Durham, Durham Cathedral Library MSS A. II. 10 (12 folios) mid 7th century

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Book of Durrow - Trinity College, Dublin MS A. 4. 5. (57) (248 folios) second half of 7th century

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Codex Amiatinus - Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana MS Amiatinus I (1030 folios) late 7th or early 8th century

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Utrecht Gospel Book (fragment) - Utrecht, Universiteisbibliotecheek MS 32 (Scrip. eccl. 4884) (12 folios) late 7th or early 8th century

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Lindisfarne Gospels - London, British Library Cotton MS Nero D. IV (259 folios) late 7th or early 8th century

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Durham Gospels - Durham, Durham Cathedral Library MS A. II. 17 (102 folios) late 7th or early 8th century (folio 1 at Magdalene College, Cambridge)

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Echternach Gospels - Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale MS lat. 9389 (223 folios) late 7th or early 8th century

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Gospel Book (fragment) - Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 197B, ff. 1-36 (36 folios) & London, British Library Cotton MS Otho C. V (64 folios) late 7th or early 8th century

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Leipzig Gospel Book (fragment) - Leipzig, Universitatsbibliothek MSS Rep. I, 58a (1 folio, used as pastedown) & Rep. II, 35a (5 folios, including Chi-Rho) first half 8th century

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MS A. II. 16 - Durham, Durham Cathedral Library MS A. II. 16 (79 folios) first half 8th century

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Royal MS I. B. VII - London, British Library Royal MS I. B. VII (155 folios) first half of 8th century

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St. Chad Gospels - Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library MS 1 (236 pages) early second quarter of 8th century

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Codex Eyckensis (Tresor, s.n.) - Maeseyck, Church of St. Catherine, Tresor, s.n., ff. 6-132 (132 folios) first half of 8th century (two manuscripts bound together, first fragment 5 folios)

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Harburg Gospel Book - Harburg uber Donauworth, Furstlich Ottingen-Wallerstein'sche Bibliothek Cod. I. 2. 4. 2 (159 folios) early 8th century

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Freiburg Gospel Book (fragment) - Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Universitatsbibliothek Cod. 702 (2 folios) early 8th century

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Trier Gospels - Domschatz, Trier Codes 61 (Bibliotheksnummer 134) (207 folios) second quarter of 8th century

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Gotha Gospel Book - Gotha, Forschungsbibliothek, Codex Memb. I. 18 (232 folios) mid 8th century

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Codex Aureus - Stockholm, Royal Library MS A. 135 (193 folios) mid 8th century

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Gospel Book (fragment) - London, British Library Royal MS I. E. VI and Canterbury, Cathedral Lbrary Additional MS 16 (ii+78 folios) late 8th century

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Codex Bigotianus - Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale Lat. 298 & Lat. 281 (265 folios) late 8th century

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Barberini Gospels - Rome Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica MS Barb. Lat. 570 (153 folios) second half of 8th century

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Cuthbercht Gospels - Vienna, Nationalbibliothek Cod. 1224 (205 folios) late 8th century

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Hereford Gospels - Hereford, Hereford Cathedral Library MS P. I. 2 (135 folios) late 8th century

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St Petersburg Gospels - St Petersburg, National Library of Russia Cod. F. v. I. 8 (214 folios) late 8th century

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Gospel Book - Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson G. 167 (107) second half of 8th century

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St. Gall Gospels - St. Gall, Stiftsbibliotheck Cod. 51 (134 folios) second half of 8th century

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Book of Mulling - Dublin, Trinity College MS A. I. 15 (60) (84 folios) second half of 8th century

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Add. MS 40618 - London, British Library Add. MS 40618 (66 folios) second half of 8th century

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Gospel of St. John & Stowe Missal - Dublin, Royal Irish Academy MS D. II. 3 (folios 1-1 & folios 12-67) second half of 8th century & late 8th century

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Book of Dimma - Dublin, Trinity College MS A. 23 (59) (74 folios) late 8th century

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Cadmug Gospels - Fulda, Landesbibliothek Codex Bonifatianus 3 (66 folios) second half of 8th century

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Book of Kells - Dublin, Trinity College MS A. I. 6 (58) (340 folios) late 8th or early 9th century

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Book of Armagh - Dublin, Trinity College MS 52 (217 folios) 807 CE

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Macregol Or Rushworth Gospels - Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Auct D 2 19 (169 folios) early 9th century

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Gospels of St. Gatien - Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale MS nouv. acq. lat. 1587 (109 folios) late 8th or early 9th century

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Garland of Howth - Dublin, Trinity College (86 folios) late 8th or early 9th century

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Gospel of St. John - Stifsbibliothek, St Gallen (34 folios) first half of 9th century

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Codex Taurinensis - Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria Cod. O. IV. 20 (4 folios) first half 9th century

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Macdurnan Gospels - London, Lambeth Palace MS 1370 (216 folios) second half of 9th century

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Gospels (several missing leaves) - London, British Library Royal MS 1 E VI (77 folios) early 9th to 11th century

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Gospe/s of St. Augustine - Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 286 (2+265+6 folios) early 6th century

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Cathach of St. Columba - Dublin, Royal Academy MS S.n. (58 folios) early 7th century

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Adamnanus de Iona, Vita Columbae - Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek Gen. 1 (140 pages) late 7th or early 8th century

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Collectio Canonum - Cologne, Dombibliothek Cod. 213 (143 folios) early 8th century

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Vita St. Cuthberti - Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Clm 15817 ( folios 100v-119v - folios 1r-53r Augustine's De pastoribus and 53r-99v De ovibus) 821-836 CE

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Casiodorus Commentary on the Psalms - Durham, Durham Cathedral Library MS B. II. 30 (266 folios) second quarter 8th century

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Vespasian Psalter - London, British Library Cotton MS Vespasian A I (143 folios) second quarter 8th century

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Salaberga Psalter - Berlin, Deutsche Staatsbibliothek MS Hamilton 553 (64 folios) first half 8th century

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Bede, Historia Ecclesiastica - St Petersburg, National Library of Russia Cod. Q v. I. 18 (162 folios) 746 CE

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Blickling Psalter (Lothian Psalter) - New York, Pierpont Morgan Library MS M. 776 (88 folios - at least 27 leaves missing) Mid 8th century

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Gellone Sacramentary - Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale cod. lat. 12048 (276 folios) first quarter of 9th century

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Harley Golden Gospels (Codex Aureus) - London, British Library Harley MS 2788 (208 folios) first quarter of 9th century

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Book of Cerne - Cambridge University Library MS LI. 1. 10 (98 folios) first half 9th century

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Stuttgart Psalter - Stuttgart, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek (23 folios) first half of 9th century

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Bede, Historia Ecclesiastica - London, British Library Cotton MD Tiberius C. II (157 folios) first half of 9th century

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Theological Miscellany, including Adamnon's De Locis Sanctis - Vienna, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek Col 458 (393 pages - Sketch of Church of the Holy Sepulchre pg. 14) mid 9th century

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Psalter of Charles the Bald - Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale MS lat. 1152 (173 folios, ivory cover) mid 9th century

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Prayer Book of Charles the Bald - Munich, Schatzkammer der Residenz (ResMU) Schk 4WL (46 folios) mid 9th century

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Book of Prayers - London, British Library Royal MS 2.A.XX (52 folios) late 8th to 12th century

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Drogo Sacramentary - Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale MS lat. 9428 (130 folios) mid 9th century

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Psalter - London, British Library Cotton MS Vitellius F. XI (59 folios - leaves damaged by fire) first half 10th century

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Bosworth Psalter - London, British Library MS 37517 (139 folios) third quarter 10th century

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Southampton Psalter - Cambridge, St John's College MS C. 9 (59) (98 folios) early 11th century

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Prayers, Church Office, Miscellanea - London, British Library Cotton MS Titus D XXXVII and Cotton MS Titus D XXVI (originally formed one manuscript) (93 folios) (fascinating judment day?, Christ standing on devil and/or those shackled with sin, beast about to eat them, f. 75v) 3rd decade 11th century

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Ricemarch Psalter & Martyrology - Dublin, Trinity College MS A. 4. 20 (50) (159 folios) late 11th century

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Psalter of Cormac (Gallican Psalter with Canticles) - London, British Library Add. MS 36929 (179 folios) late 12th century

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Utrecht Psalter - Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht MS 32 (135 folios) end of first quarter 9th century

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Anglo-Saxon Homilies - Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 421 (2 + 177 folios - originally in MS 419) second quarter 11th century

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Crowland Psalter - Douce - Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 296 (231 folios) second quarter 11th century

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An Leabhar Breac (compilation) - Dublin, Royal Irish Academy MS 23 p 16 (270 pages) early 15th century

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Compiled from J.J.G. Alexander's Insular Manuscripts: 6th - 9th Century, London: Harvey Miller, 1978 (with a few dates revised from current scholarship) and supplemented with Additional Manuscripts of Interest,including psalters and Carolingian manuscripts.

* Note: When I first compiled this list in 2010, about five manuscripts were available, the majority from e-codices. With this current list, twelve years later, well over fifty are available. Archivists, librarians, imaging specialists, and scholars have made impressive strides in digitizing and making accessible this wealth of medieval culture, its knowledge and wonder.

 
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