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

St John's College MS. 235 (fragments 4 and 24[b])

Psalter (binding fragments)


Language(s): Latin

A psalter:

Ps. 137:4–139:10 (the single leaf of no. 24[b]), 145:2–end and the three canticles ‘Te deum’, ‘Benedicite’, and ‘Nunc dimittis’ (the bifolium), most of the Athanasian Creed and the opening of the Litany (no. 4).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Vellum.
Extent: Fols. 4 (an originally central bifolium and a loose leaf comprise no. 24[b]).
Dimensions (leaf): 132 × 94 mm.


In double columns, each column 103 × 30–3 mm. , with 5–8 mm between columns, in 34 lines to the column. No prickings; bounds and rules faded.


Written in England in gothic textura semiquadrata, s. xv.


Nine 1-line lombards to introduce sections, usually purple on red flourishing, in a few cases the colours reversed; a 6-line space at the head of the Litany filled with a violet lombard.

Headings in red.

One-line red lombards at versals.


Origin: s. xv ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

MS 235 is a collection of binding fragments removed from College books (medieval portions only). This entry is for fragments 4 and 24[b] only.

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)


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Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Last Substantive Revision

2021-10: First online publication

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