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

MS. Bodl. 281

Summary Catalogue no.: 2331


William of Auvergne, works
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders, initials. Fols. 1–122 written by Henry Mere , with his initials, fols. 72v, 116v. The second scribe also wrote MS. Auct. F. 5. 26. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 987, pl. XCII)


Elaborate stamped-leather sides (English 15th cent. work, of Canterbury, see no. 2291, an imitation of a 12th cent. design), pasted on an 18th cent. binding: 'Time Deum' and 'bien' are among the stamps.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English, Canterbury

Provenance and Acquisition

Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine cathedral priory of Holy Trinity or Christ Church: On fol. 1r in an initial letter are the arms of the priory of Christ Church, Canterbury (azure, a cross argent, charged with the letter X in the fesse point and the letter I in the honour point, both sable for Christi). (MLGB3: inferred evidence).

On the scribe, Henry Mere, see M. B. Parkes, "A Fifteenth-Century Scribe: Henry Mere", in Scribes, Scripts and Readers: Studies in the Communication, Presentation and Dissemination of Medieval Texts (London, 1991), pp. 249-56. (MLGB3)

Presented by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Colfe in 1616.

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).


Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.