The Vulgate Manuscripts

St. Jerome is said to have written the Latin Vulgate Bible in the late 4th century AD. The codices below which lack links are the ones which I wasn’t able to find provenance for during my initial preliminary search.

“After the invention of printing in the fifteenth century, the first book ever printed was the Vulgate printed at Mainz, in 1450. From that time up to the close of the century, great activity was exercised in the printing of the Latin Vulgate, and more than a hundred different editions were printed in that period.
But little critical care was bestowed on these early editions, and the best MSS. were not employed, so that they are of no critical worth.
…The first real critical edition of the Vulgate text was the Complutensian, whose text is excellent for that time.” [2, p537]

If the MSS have the same siglum, I have (a), (b), (c), etc. marked after them when applicable to distinguish which ones are which in this list of when they surfaced out of obscurity:
15th c. – A.
16th c. – C(b), G, T, Λ.
17th c. – D, Z, Θ.
19th c. – C(a), F, M, S(a-d).

Here is a list of the main Vulgate manuscripts:

A – Codex Amiatinus, Laurentian Library, Florence, Italy.

C (a)Codex Cavensis, Archivio della Badia della Santissima Trinità, Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy.

C (b)Codex Complutensis I, Bibl. Univ. Centr. 31, Madrid, Spain.

D – Codex Durmachensis, Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

F – Codex Fuldensis, Hochschul- und Landesbibliothek Fulda, Fulda, Germany.

G – Codex Sangermanensis I, BnF, Paris, France.

I – ?????, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Rome, Italy.

K – ?????, Baden State University, Karlsruhe, Germany.

L – Lectionarium Luxoviense, ?????.

M – Codex Mediolanensis,?????.

N – ?????, Bibliothèque Municipale (Paris, France), National Library of France (Paris, France).

P – ?????, ?????.

R – Codex Reginensis, Vatican Library, Vatican City, Vatican City.

R – ?????, Biblioteca Capitolare, Verona, Italy.

S (a)Codex Sangallensis 2, Abbey of St. Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

S (b)Codex Sangallensis 70, Abbey of St. Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

S (c)Codex Sangallensis 907, Abbey of St. Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

S (d)Codex Sangallensis 1395, Abbey of St. Gall, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

T – Codex Toletanus, National Library of Spain, Madrid, Spain.

Z – Codex Harleianus, British Museum, London, United Kingdom.

Θ – Codex Theodulphianus, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France.

Λ – Codex Legionensis, Basilica of San Isidoro, Leon, Spain.

11A – Cod. M. p. th. f. 67, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.

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[2] – Andrew Edward Breen’s “A General and Critical Introduction to the Study of Holy Scripture” (1897). Accessed 17 July 2020.

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2 Comments on “The Vulgate Manuscripts

  1. You’ve done research and I’ve done a tiny bit too, so I know it takes time & determination because it means carefully checking sources & joining dots, using common sense with an open mind.

    What puzzles me just a little, is the many, many thousands who have done research for decades, centuries even yet only reinforce the old narrative. I remember the Dead Sea Scrolls kept under lock and key virtual house arrest. At the time I wondered why (eighties & nineties of 20thC)

    Can it be possible that they have another agenda? Nothing to do with “truth” but just to keep it hid

    Many things are buttressed by the general assumptions laid down regarding “Biblical History”

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