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

MS. Bodl. 199

Summary Catalogue no.: 1916


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Augustine, In epistulam Iohannis ad Parthos tractatus X
Rubric: Aurelii Augustini ... sermo primus in Epistola Iohannis apostolic ...
2. (fol. 41v)

Forty-two sermons 'per annum de diuersis', preceded by 'Humilis suggestio beati Augustini' (beg. 'In cuiuscunque manus libellus iste venerit') and a preface: a list of the sermons is at fol. ii, and they are printed in Mai's Nova Bibliotheca Patrum: the first sermon beg. 'Omnes scripture quas nunc'.

3. (fol. 100)
Ps.-Augustine, Sermons
Rubric: Omelie beati Ambrosii de Misteriis Veteris Testamenti
Final rubric:

A list of them is at fol. 179v; usually printed as doubtfully ascribed to Augustine (Migne's Patrol. Lat. xxxix. 1741, 1745, etc.)

4. (fol. 153)
Rubric: Liber primus beati Ambrosii de Virginitate

Followed by three more books: these are really the three books of st. Ambrose de Virginibus (but the first chapter and a piece of the second are detached and written last as a 'Prologus ad sororem suam Marcellam', so that the treatise begins 'Natalis est virginis, integritatem sequamur'), and the book de Virginitate.

(fol. 166)
Ambrose, De uirginitate
Incipit: Nobile aput veteres

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 180 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13.625 × 10 in.


2 cols.

Musical Notation:

Notation (see van Dijk 1957).


Good decorative initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 230)


Brown leather on bevelled boards, with plain blind tooling, Dutch contemporary work, re-backed.


Origin: 15th century, second half ; Dutch

Provenance and Acquisition

Doesburg, Holland, Brothers of the Common Life (Domus Clericorum): 'Liber domus Clericorum in Doesborch', 15th cent.

William James, -1617: 'The bott of me John Gybson in Doisberow and sent to Doctear James Deanne of Christ Cherche in Oxford the 3 of September 1586.'

'Liber Cudbertj Ridlej Ædis Christi Oxon: ex Dono Guilielmi James in Artibus magistrj anno 1600. Junij 25º.' This William James was a son of bishop William James above.

Cuthbert Ridley presented four MSS. in 1601, two of which are described in the Benefactors' Register as 'Diuersa opuscula Ambros. fo. MS.', and 'Diuersa opuscula August. fo. MS.', which are at present believed to be nos. 1904, 2475 (which are otherwise unaccounted for). It is possible that the present volume is represented by the two entries above, but probable that it was an independent or additional gift not later than 1602.

MS. Bodl. 199 - endleaf (fol. 1)


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

With musical notes, original and added.


Origin: 12th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , I (1966), no. 230 [decoration, date, localization]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance, acquisition, endleaf]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 5: Fragments - Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 141

Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-30: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.