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

MS. Bodl. 1031

Summary Catalogue no.: 2977


(Fols 1-4)
Herbal 'Agnus castus'
Incipit: Affodillus id est Effodill. Ye vertu of this erbe
Explicit: Bytenye

Four leaves of an alphabetical herbal, covering A-B. The rest of the herbal is at MS. Bodl. 536

Fol. 1 should follow fol. 4

The 'particula panni cotonei' mentioned in the old catalogue is bound up with the manuscript

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 32 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.25 × 6.375 in.


Fols 5-32 are blank


Origin: 15th century, second half ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

John Twyne of Canterbury: his hand on fol. 12v of MS. Bodl. 536 (Andrew G. Watson, 'John Twyne of Canterbury (d. 1581) as a Collector of Medieval Manuscripts: a Preliminary Investigation', The Library 6th ser. 8 (1986), 133-151, no. 36. Earlier provenance not known.

Presented by Thomas Twyne in 1612

Record Sources

Description adapted (December 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922) with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Last Substantive Revision

2022-12-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)