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

MS. Bodl. 161

Summary Catalogue no.: 2014B


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Bede, Commentary on the Song of songs
Rubric: Expositio in Cantica Canticorum librorum septem, quam composuit Beda presbiter uenerabilis iuuante se gratia superna

The second book is preceded by a list of chapters.

2. (fol. 112)
Jerome, Commentary on Ecclesiastes
Rubric: Expositio sancti Ieronimi presbiteri in Ecclesiasten Salomonis

With prologue and preface.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 166 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11.625 × 8.25 in.


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 69, pl. VII)


Stamped brown leather on boards, early 17th cent. Oxford binding.


Origin: c. 1100–1130 ; English, Canterbury, Christ Church

Provenance and Acquisition

Christ Church, Canterbury: evidence of marginalia (MLGB); no. 85 in dr. James's Ancient Libraries of Canterbury (1903), p. 25, cf. p. 157, no. 122.

Presented by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Colfe in 1616.

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. 69 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-15: Description revised to incorporate all information from SC.