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

MS. Bodl. 157

Summary Catalogue no.: 1992

Contents

Some Latin verses will be found on foll. 210v, 255, 281v, all additions: and on fol. 282 is a copy of a Latin power of attorney given to T. de B. by J. de T. rector of the parochial church of T. V., and sealed with the seal of the 'decanatus ecclesie beate Marie W', A.D. 1319.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Composite: three parts
Extent: iii + 283 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 11.125 × 8 in.

Decoration

Fine historiated initials.

Other initials.

Good marginal drawings added. (P&A iii. 521)

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Westminster Abbey (?): 'fuit ecclesie Beati Petri Westmonasteriensis' (MS. Langbaine 5, p. 184). (MLGB)

The name of 'Hary Milis' occurs on fol. iii.

Probably acquired about 1620-23.

MS. Bodl. 157 - Part 1

Contents

(fol. 1)
Sermons
Rubric: Summa super Epistolis & super Euangeliis tocius anni in dominicis diebus per distinctiones
Incipit: Abiciamus opera tenebrarum ... Hodie tempus quoddam inchoamus

Identified by Schneyer (II, 772-8) as Hugh of St-Cher, Sermones de epistolis et evangeliis dominicarum.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

2 cols.

History

Origin: c. 1300 ; English, London (?)

MS. Bodl. 157 - Part 2

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 54)
William de la Furmentarie (?) (Ps.-Bonaventure), Pharetra
Incipit: In conuersionis mee primordio
2. (fol. 135v)
Rubric: Libellus beate Virginis
Incipit: Non est quod me delectet

Ascribed in a later hand to st. Bernard of Clairvaux; followed by three more short theological pieces.

Cf. William of Tournai, Flores Bernardi (GW 3928-3930), appendix on the Virgin Mary (B. Shailor, Catalogue of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University II (1987), 232 (MS. 376)); Stegmüller 1731,2.

3. (fol. 139v)
De transitu beatae Mariae uirginis(Stegmüller 164,5)
Rubric: De transitu beate Virginis Marie, qualiter migrauit ab hoc seculo
Incipit: Cum Dominus Ihesus Christus pro tocius uita seculi

Followed by some long Latin theological notes written with a metal stilus: (fol. 141v, cf. 252v, 268v, 281v): other short theological pieces occur at foll. 209v, 282v.

4. (fol. 145)
Sermons
Incipit: Dominus iudex noster ... In uerbis propositis duo
Incipit: (fol. 210v) Omnis qui audit ... In uerbo preposito tria

'Sermones dominicales anni', followed at fol. 210v by 'Sermones festiuales'.

Identified by Schneyer VII, 11, as the Franciscan cycle Collectio generalis Fratrum Minorum.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

2 cols.

History

Origin: c. 1300 ; English, London (?)

MS. Bodl. 157 - Part 3

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 253)
Robert Grosseteste, Templum Domini

Here without original title or author's name.

2. (fol. 259)
Treatise on penance(Bloomfield 3830)
Rubric: Inquisiciones de penitencia
Incipit: Penitens accedens ad sacerdotem dicat
3. (fol. 260v)
Treatises on the Mass
(fol. 260v)
Rubric: De hiis que contingunt infra Canonem Misse
Incipit: Si contingat aliquem pannum
(fol. 260v)
Hugh of St-Cher, Expositio missae siue speculum ecclesiae
Rubric: Ordo Misse & eius significatum
Incipit: Dicit Apostolus ad Ephesios
(fol. 264v)
Richard the Premonstratensian, De canone missae
Rubric: Tractatus de differenciis misse in Canone in crucibus faciendis & pluribus aliis necessariis ... a Ricardo abbate ecclesie Premonstrati ordinis editus
Rubric: In uirtute sancte Crucis
4. (fol. 269)
Sermons

Five sermons.

Incipit: Magister uester unus est Christus ... Verba sunt Christi

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

1-2 cols.

History

Origin: c. 1300 ; English, London (?)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 521 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-08: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.