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. (Pächt and Alexander 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, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.