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), each originally preceding by Jerome's prefaces and lists of tituli, imperfect before Matt. i. 3, Matt. i.10-17, and a leaf lost after fol. 55.

Language(s): Latin
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
3. (fol. 196v)

Added items:


List of lands held by ‘Gilbert’ in Stifford, Essex, added late eleventh/early twelfth century.

Language(s): Old English

Charter of abbess Ælfgiva of Barking, added twelfth century.

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 entries, fol. 196v)

Stephen Batman, d. 1584 (inscription; added drawing by him, fol. iii)

Acquired by 1602 (Summary Catalogue I, p. 85)

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. 22 [contents, physical description] Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 41 [decoration, origin] Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, provenance].

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)