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

MS. Bodl. 216

Summary Catalogue no.: 2052


Simon Boraston, Distinctiones theologicae
Rubric: Distinctiones reuerendi patris fratris Symonis de Borastone ordinis fratrum Predicatorum
Incipit: Abicere secundum auctorem de natura rerum

Fol. 152v, index of subjects.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 153 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 336 × 205 mm.


2 cols., 47 lines, column space 250 × 70 mm.


Fols. 1–41v line 9 apparently written by John Brinkley or John Tymworth. The rest written by William Barrow (see Provenance).


Illuminated capitals.


Pink whittawed leather over boards, 15th century, rebacked.


Origin: 1361 × 1389 and 1407 × 1426 ; English, Bury St. Edmunds, Benedictine abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. i: ‘Distinctiones fratris S. de Boraston’ usque ad literam .d. per J. abbatem sancti Edmundi [written later:] set perficiebantur usque in finem per fratrem Willelmum Barwe huius monasterii sacristani’. Fols. 1–41v line 9 written under John Brinkley, abbot 1361–78, or John Tymworth, abbot 1379–89. William Barrow was sacrist 1407–26.

The first part of the inscription on fol. i and the Bury St Edmunds pressmark ‘.B.46’ are in the hand of Henry de Kirkstead, who probably died shortly after 1378.

Acquired between 1613 and 1620 (Summary Catalogue I p. 102).

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 71 [physical description, history, provenance]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, decoration, acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-29: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson and SC.