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Rare Anglo-Saxon manuscript created by Bede joins library collection

Canon Librarian Rosalind Brown holding the Summa de Casibus Conscientiae.

Canon Librarian Rosalind Brown holding the Summa de Casibus Conscientiae.

RARE manuscript fragments created by Anglo-Saxon historian the Venerable Bede have been bought at auction to join a North East library’s treasure trove.

Durham Cathedral Library has added the rare book to its internationally-important collection after buying it at auctioneers Sotheby’s. The book, which is one of Europe’s earliest, is a pristine copy of Astesanus de Ast, Summa de Casibus Conscientiae, printed in 1474.

More significantly, the binding of the 40cm x 28.5cm book contains two large ninth-century manuscript fragments, taken from a German manuscript of the Venerable Bede’s rare work In librum Genesim, his commentary on Genesis.

Bede, who died in 735AD and spent his time at St Peter’s in Monkwearmouth, wrote the first history of the English church.

 

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