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

MS. Bodl. 155

Summary Catalogue no.: 1974



The four Gospels (fols. 1v, 58, 94, 147), followed by:

Capitulare evangeliorum (Benedictine use)

Introduction (182v: Incipit argumentum); Christmas tide (182v); the months January-March (183) with 9 weeks after the Epiphany (184); Septuagesima-Easter (185); Easter tide (187), including April and May (187v); Whitsun tide (189) with the months June-December (189v); the 24 Sundays after Pentecost (192v) and the 5 weeks of Advent (194v). The Wednesdays and Fridays after Pentecost have titles and spacing for the texts, the latter have not been filled in.

In the passions (45v) only 2 parts are indicated, c and t.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 2 + 196 + i fol.; fol. 1 fragmentary.
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 202 mm.
Dimensions (written): 205 × 105 mm.


26 lines


Fine miniatures (drawings). Partly mutilated. (P&A iii. 41, pl. IV)


Origin: 11th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Capitulare list perhaps copied from MS. Auct D. 2. 16.

Barking Abbey, 12th century (added charter, fol. 196v)

Stephen Batman, d. 1584

Record Sources

S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957); updated (date, provenance) from Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)