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

MS. Add. C. 153

Summary Catalogue no.: 28493


Language(s): Latin


The four Gospels (fols. 1, 49v, 85, 131)

With prefaces and chapter lists; imperfect before the text of Matthew.

(fol. 160)
Capitulare evangeliorum (Benedictine Use?)

Combined temporale and sanctorale, beginning with Christmas (160v); Febr. (162), March (162v), Lent (163), Eastertide (165), April (165), May (165v) Pentecost and June (166v), July (167v), August (168v), Sept. (169v), Oct. (170), Nov. (170v), All Saints (171), Advent (171v); votive Masses (171v: de diversis causis) and masses of the dead (172v).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 + iv + 1 + 172 (173) + 1 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 215 × 120 mm.


Capitulare list in 29 lines


Fine initials, related to Paris, Bibl. nat. MS. Lat. 264. (P&A i. 265, pl. XVIII)


Black velvet on boards.

Accompanying Material

Endleaves: fol. i, Tobit x.11-xi.18, with gloss, 13th century; fols. ii-iv, fragments of translations from Aristotle, printed at Louvain c. 1476 by Conrad de Braem.


Origin: 10th century, first half ; Flemish or French

Provenance and Acquisition

Possibly from Aulne-sur-Sambre (cf. MS. Add. C. 152)

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1843.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources: S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 23 [contents (fol. 160), physical description] Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 265 [decoration, origin] Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, ‘accompanying material’, binding, provenance].

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2019-01-28: Description revised in light of van Dijk, P&A, and SC.