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 (leaf): 11.375 × 8.375 in.


2 cols.


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


Origin: c. 1200 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

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

2020-03-28: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.