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. (MLGB3: inferred evidence).

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

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)

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.