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

MS. Bodl. 17

Summary Catalogue no.: 1860


Nicholas de Hanapis, Liber de exemplis sacrae scripturae
Rubric: Liber exemplorum sacre scripture compositus a fratre Nicholao de Canapis ordinis Praedicatorum patriarcha Jerosolomitano
Incipit: De miraculis diuina potestate factis. Mirabiliter natus est Ysaac

Here 130 chapters, followed by an alphabetical index of their titles.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 163 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 6 × 4.375 in.


Illuminated border, capitals.


Red leather on bevelled boards, clasp lost, contemporary.

Accompanying Material

Foll. i-iii, 162 are fly-leaves from a 13th cent. theological MS.


Origin: c. 1400 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 163v is a fragment of some English 14th cent. accounts in which the names of Bodney and Pencriche recur.

Bought with MS. Bodl 64 and many printed books with part of £100 promised by lord Charles Danvers in 1601, but (at any rate in part) only received through sir Edwin Sandys in 1607. This volume is accordingly entered in the Benefactors' Register under the latter year. It is possible that an earlier MS. (the 'Calendarium ...') was lost before 1607, and that this MS. was genuinely acquired in 1607 and put in the place of the other. This volume until after 1620 was called in the Bodleian handlists 'Calendarium cum diversis Chronicis', the index presenting the appearance of a calendar.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-19: Description revised to include all information in SC.