MS. Bodl. 181
Summary Catalogue no.: 2081
With prologue, and list of chapters before each book.
On fol. 97v is a coloured 16th cent. drawing of a monk selling indulgences, and of devils teaching monks the use of gunpowder for cannon, with English descriptions and a note that gunpowder was first invented about 1378.
At the end is a note on longevity (fol. 116).
Illuminated capitals, etc.
Good miniatures (coloured drawings) on fol. 97v, added to a manuscript of 15th century. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1189, pl. CVIII)
Provenance and Acquisition
Owned by sir 'Robert Cotton' in 1588–9 (C. Tite, ''Lost or stolen or strayed': a survey of manuscripts formerly in the Cotton Library', British Library Journal 18 (1992), 110)
'Donum Roberti Treswel alias Sommerset', a note in sir Thomas Bodley's hand. See no. 2685, but the present volume was perhaps given in 1612.
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)
Last Substantive Revision
2020-05-06: Description revised to include all information in SC.