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

MS. Bodl. 168

Summary Catalogue no.: 2027


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Bernard of Clairvaux, De consideratione,

'Exhortaciones', in five books, with the preface to pope Eugenius iii.

2. (fol. 31)
William of St.-Thierry, De amore Dei

De contemplando Deo and (fol. 36v) De natura et dignitate amoris, here ascribed to st. Bernard.

3. (fol. 48v)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Ep. 77
Rubric: Epistola domni Bernardi abbatis Clareuallensis ad magistrum Hugonem de sancto Victore
Incipit: Si tibi tardius videor
4. (fol. 55)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Ep. 190
Rubric: Epistola domni Bernardi ... ad papam Innocentium contra magistrum Petrum Abbaalardum
Incipit: Amantissimo patri ... Oportet ad uestrum
5. (fol. 62)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Ep. 189 contra Abaelardum
Incipit: Amantissimo patri ... Necesse est ut ueniant

At fol. 63v are three extracts, presumably from st. Bernard: the MS. ends abruptly in the third piece, some leaves being lost.

Incipit: Adam igitur bestiis
Incipit: Sicut in corporum medicina
Incipit: Cum ab his. vii. purgatus

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 67 leaves, in double columns
Dimensions (binding): 11.25 × 8.375 in.


2 cols.


Good initials. Good initial added, 15th century, end, fol. i verso. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 139)


White parchment on boards, clasp lost, rebound in the 14th cent., English work.


Origin: 12th century, third quarter; added initial, 15th century, end ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Bordesley, Worcestershire, Cistercian abbey: 'Liber Sancte Marie de Bordesleia', with a list of contents (contemporary with the text: MLGB) and a 15th cent. figure of a dragon on fol. ii verso.

'Liber ex dono Guilielmj Willowghby equitis aurati 25º Maij 1615.'

MS. Bodl. 168 - endleaf (fol. i)


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 14th century

MS. Bodl. 168 - endleaf (fol. 67)


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 13th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , III (1973), no. 139 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition, endleaves]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (16 images from 35mm slides)


    Online resources:

    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 5: Fragments - Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 159

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-21: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.