A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MSS. Bodl. 969-70

Summary Catalogue no.: 27975

Summary Catalogue no.: 27976

Contents

Bible (Die Oxforder Bibelhandschrift) (in two volumes)

For a detailed inventory of contents, see Hans Vollmer, Niederdeutsche Historienbibeln und andere Bibelbearbeitungen (Materialien zur Bibelgeschichte und religiösen Volkskunde des Mittelalters I,2), Berlin 1916, 131-139

Language(s): German

Physical Description

Hand(s)

Written by Heinrich Kunn of 'Slewecz' at Nuremberg (vol. I, fol. 377v, and vol. II, fol. 322v).

Decoration

Fleuronnée initials. (P&A i. 156)

Coloured initials.

Rubrics.

Binding

Dark red leather, with five heavy ornamental bosses of brass on each side and double leather clasps with brass attachments, German work of about A.D. 1700. Two outer cases of leather on millboard (measuring 18 3/8 × 14 in., with gold ornament, 18th cent. English work) bear the arms: quarterly, 1st and 4th az. three mullets, 2nd and 3rd gules a lion rampant crowned holding in his fore-paws a banner with the cross of St. George, over all an escutcheon crowned bearing or three martlets. The whole is surmounted by a marquis's coronet, the supporters are eagles, and below is the collar of some order from which is pendent an elephant carrying a castle and driver.

History

Origin: 1441 - 1442 ; German, Nuremberg

Provenance and Acquisition

Colophons, Vol. I, fol. 377v, and vol. II, fol. 322v (transcribed in Watson).

Stoltzer family of Steudentiz, 16th and 17th centuries. A long note on vol. I, fol. 3v 'Georgius Stolcerus' of Steudenitz in A.D. 1623 relates that the two volumes had been for more than eighty years in the Stolzer family

‘Musis Pauli Gryphii sacer anno MDcliix’ (vol. I, fol. 6) and ‘Musis Pauli Gryphii consecr: in Herrendorff anno MDCliix’ (vol. II, fol. 6)

Dr. Godofredus Bose of Leipzig, according to a note by Franciscus Julius Lütkaus in vol. I, fol. 4.

His brother, Gaspar Bose, according to a note by Franciscus Julius Lütkaus in vol. I, fol. 4.

Given by Bose to Franciscus Julius Lütkaus in 1699, according to a note by Lütkaus in vol. I, fol. 4.

Purchased in 1797 for £21 10s.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 375 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 390 × 375 mm.

Layout

2 cols., 47-49 lines, column space 290-5 × 90-5 mm.

Fols. 6-14: c. 70 lines.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 324 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 390 × 375 mm.

Layout

2 cols., 47-49 lines, column space 290-5 × 90-5 mm.

Fols. 6-18: c. 70 lines.

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2019) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature cited in the description:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 123 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 156 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1905) [contents, provenance, acquisition, binding]

Bibliography