MS. Bodl. 198
Summary Catalogue no.: 1907
A list of the chapters of bks. xi-xxii precedes bk. xi, and probably a similar list for bks. i-ix once preceded fol. 1. There is a second list (imperfect at end) for bks. i-xviii, fol. 300, and yet a third list for bks. xi-xxii at fol. 304.
Some Latin theological notes follow on fol. 299, and, written with a metal stilus, on fols. 307-8, cf. 106v.
The special interest of the volume is that it is annotated both by bp. Robert Grosseteste (d. 1253) and by dr. Thomas Gascoigne (d. 1458). The former has made use of his universal symbols, which indicate similar passages wherever they occur in the margins of his books, as is testified both in an early 15th cent. hand on fol. 106v and by Gascoigne in 1433 on fol. 107, and also by Francis Babington, rector of Lincoln college, Oxford (d. 1563), on fol. 1. Gascoigne also on fol. 107 testifies that the convent of Minorites at Oxford 'sponte sub sigillo suo' presented the volume to him, so that it is clear that the volume had passed with the bulk of Grosseteste's books to that convent. On fol. 298v is an interesting note by Gascoigne about his resignation of the rectory of St. Peter's, Cornhill, London, in 1445, printed in Tanner's Bibl. Brit. Hib. p. 311.
Provenance and Acquisition
Robert Grossesteste (-1253): annotated by him (see above).
Evidently passed with his books to the Franciscan convent, Oxford (see above).
Given by the convent to Thomas Gascoigne (1403-58) (see above).
Given by Gascoigne to Lincoln College, Oxford: 'Liber Collegii Lincolniensis [the last word erased] in Oxonia ex dono doctoris Thome Gascoigne Eboracensis diocesis.'
Presented by Thomas Allen (1542-1632) in 1608. (Summary Catalogue I, 94)
Last Substantive Revision
2020-03-27: Description revised to include all information in SC.