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

MS. Bodl. 139

Summary Catalogue no.: 1909


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Aelred of Rievaulx, Sermones de oneribus

Here regarded as consisting of thirty-one sermons, with list of contents, and preceded by another sermon, usually counted as the first, and by the usual prologue or 'Epistola Æthelredi abbatis Rieuallis ad Gislebertum [Foliot] uenerabilem episcopum Londoniensem'. Through the loss of a gathering after fol. 122 all is gone after the words 'Usque ad Iazer peruenerunt' in the penultimate sermon.

2. (fol. 123)
Aelred of Rievaulx, De spirituali amicitia
Rubric: Explicit liber tertius domini Æ. abbatis de spirituali amicitia

The first part, to the words 'fruendum; per quem & fruitur', is lost: one leaf is also lost after fol. 125.

There are some marginal notes and scribblings.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, stained with damp at the beginning
Extent: i + 150 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11.375 × 8.375 in.


2 cols.


Good initials (most are unfinished). (Pächt and Alexander iii. 285)


Origin: c. 1200 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Warden, Bedfordshire, Cistercian abbey of St Mary the Virgin (?) : (fol. 1r) top right: '[...] de Ward ...' (s. xiii in.). (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

Sir Walter Cope. His no. '62' at head of fol. 1r. (MLGB3)

Inscription much damaged by damp. The usual ex libris inscription is 'Liber sancte Marie de Ward'. (MLGB3)

Presented by sir Walter Cope in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , III (1973), no. 285 [decoration, date, localization]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.