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

St John's College MS. 235 (fragments 11 and 19)

Isaiah 39:4–40:9, in part, and 40:17–19, 40:29–41:2, with the ordinary gloss (binding fragments)


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Vellum.
Extent: Fols. 2. Fragments from the lower part of a page.
Dimensions (fragment): 157 × 113 mm.
Dimensions (written): 80 × 75–8 mm.


In long lines, about 10 surviving text lines; gloss lines are half-sized, and on no. 19, all original hand glosses are interlinear. Bounded and ruled in lead.


Written in England (?), in gothic textura semiquadrata with spatulate tops on minims, s. xiii in.


Alternate red and blue paraphs to introduce glosses.

On no. 19, two 1-line blue lombards on red flourishing, one damaged.


Origin: s. xiii in. ; England (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Extensive later additions, s. xiii/xiv, fill the leading edge margin and much of the page foot.

MS 235 is a collection of binding fragments removed from College books (medieval portions only). This entry is for fragments 11 and 19 only.

Record Sources

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


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact St John's College Library.


    Friederich Stegmüller, Repertorium Biblicum Medii Aevi, 11 vols. (Madrid, 1950–80).

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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