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

MS. Bodl. 100

Summary Catalogue no.: 1947


Walter Hilton, Scale of Perfection
Incipit: Gostly sester in Ihesu Crist, praye thee that in the callynge
Incipit: (bk. ii) For as moche as thow coueytest gretly & axest hit for charite
Explicit: myghte ben writen in a gret bok

Bk. II, fol. 73, with table of chapters, fol. 71.

Language(s): Middle English

On fols. ii verso, iii recto are some theological notes in Latin, an English proverb, and a French prayer, and on fol. iii verso some Latin notes of papal indulgences, etc.: some rude figures of a captive and redeemed soul are on fol. 72v: and a cryptic note or name on fol. 172v.

Language(s): Latin, Middle English and Anglo-Norman

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 173 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.75 × 6.375 in.


2 cols.


Good borders.


Drawing (defaced), fol. 72v, added 15th century, first half. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 733)


Origin: 14th century, end ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by dr. William Cotton, bp. of Exeter, in 1605.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 733 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-02: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.