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

MS. Bodl. 234

Summary Catalogue no.: 2196


Aegidius de Columna, De regimine principum
Rubric: Liber de regimine principum editus a fratre Egidio Romano ordinis fratrum heremitarum sancti Augustini

In three books, with list of chapters.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 252 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.875 × 7.26 in.


Stained in parts.


Good border (mutilated)

Historiated initial. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 787, pl. LXXIV) Fol. 1, the author presenting his work to Philip IV of France.


Reddish pink leather on boards, with painted edges (three fleurs-de-lys), worn, English contemporary work.


Origin: c. 1400 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

The middle part of the lower margin of fol. 1 has been cut out, slightly injuring the text. The missing part no doubt bore a coat ot arms, but on each side are still left gules a fess argent between six fleurs-de-lys of the second (Thorp), and a crest.

Among some 16th cent. scribbling are some figures of 'The worthie bugle [i.e. bull] the noble Erele of Southamptons badge of his almes [i.e. arms]', and 'Jane Hughes' (fol. 250v).

Acquired not after 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 787 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-15: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC and Pächt and Alexander.