Rotunda antiquior script; up to 26 long lines per page (20 x 11.5 cm.).
Written by a single hand (?) in Latin, though with some inconsistencies in formation of letters, particularly 'd'; in brown ink with red rubrics; ruling in light ink; numerous capitals in red or touched in red; with some contemporary interlinear corrections and marginal annotations.
With some catchwords and prickings still visible; page numbering added in a much later hand.
Nineteenth-century black straight-grained goat skin binding, with a smooth spine decorated with alternating fleurons and floral friezes; gilt frame of floral and palmette motifs on boards.
Enlarged warble hole on leaf  with accommodating text.
Homeliary containing a Carolingian collection of sermons, erroneously attributed to the Venerable Bede. Influenced by the school of Auxerre, the text represents an important step in the evolution of the sermon as a literary form and is considered to be a contribution of the Carolingian Renaissance.
With the bookstamp of Sir T[homas]. P[hillipps]. Middle Hill, 902 on front end leaf, and with the ex libris leather armorial crest bookplate of James P.R. Lyell on front pastedown.
Title derived from contents.
Acquired from Les Enluminures, 10 Nov. 2005.