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

MS. Bodl. 198

Summary Catalogue no.: 1907


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Augustine, De civitate dei
Rubric: Aurelii Augustini Doctoris Yponensis episcopi De Ciuitate Dei ad Marcellinum contra paganos

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.

2. (fol. 107)
Gregory the Great, Moralia in Iob
Rubric: Proemium sancti Gregorij pape in libro Iob
Rubric: (fol. 107v) Moralia beati Gregorij pape per contemplationem sumpta in librum Iob. Libri xxxv. Pars prima incipit

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.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 308 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13.25 × 10.625 in.


2 cols.


Illuminated capitals.


Origin: 13th century, second quarter ; English

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.' 2o folio: 'quanto minora'. No. 1 of the [...] books given to Lincoln College by Gascoigne in a composition of 143 and returned to him for life (Reg. Vetus, fol. 3); 2o folio agrees. (MLGB3)

Presented by Thomas Allen (1542–1632) in 1608. (Summary Catalogue I, 94)

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922).


Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-27: Description revised to include all information in SC.