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

MS. Bodl. 251

Summary Catalogue no.: 2332


Nicholas de Lyra, Postilla (part I, Genesis to Ecclesiasticus)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine coloured drawings and diagrams, borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 614, pl. XLVI)


Origin: 14th century, end ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine cathedral priory of Holy Trinity or Christ Church: "Prima pars Lyre Willelmi Cowrtenay Cantuariensis archiepiscopi [s. xiv ex.] Prima pars lyre quam Willelmus Courtenay dedit ecclesie Christi Cantuariensi", s. xv (flyleaf ii verso, facing fol. 1r of text). Christ Church signs in margins passim. (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

Given by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Colfe, 1616. (MLGB3)

Before this the book had been to Oxford -- see the cauciones in it, cf. S.C. 2332. (MLGB3)

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (15 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.