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

St John's College MS 235 (fragments 51 and 53)

JUSTINIAN, Digesta (binding fragments)


Language(s): Latin


7.1.43–63, ed. CJCiv 1:132–3 (no. 51) and unidentified early portions of 7.1 (no. 53).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Vellum.
Extent: Fols. 2 (both fragments).
Dimensions (leaf): 308 × 210 mm.
(+13 mm folded under).


Written almost completely ( 35 mm margin, on the edges): at the centre, in double columns, each column 220–30 × 58 mm. , with 12 mm between columns, in 58 lines, surrounded by gloss columns 75–80 mm wide on the leading edge, 70–4 surviving written lines. No edges for prickings; bounded and ruled in lead.


Written in (?) Italy in gothic textura semiquadrata (text) and a more formal quadrata (the gloss), s. xiii in.


Sections of both text and gloss introduced by 1-line unflourished red lombards; red paraphs to break the text.


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

Provenance and Acquisition

MS 235 is a collection of binding fragments removed from College books (medieval portions only). This entry is for fragments 51 and 53 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.


    Paul Kruger et al., Corpus Juris Civilis, 2 vols. (Berlin, 1905).

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2022-04: First online publication

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