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

MS. Bodl. 285

Summary Catalogue no.: 2430


Lives of Saints
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


One fine historiated initial.

Other good initials. Fols. 1–3 replacement of 14th century. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 358, pl. XXXI)


Origin: 13th century, first quarter; fols. 1–3, 14th century ; English, Ramsey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Ramsey, Benedictine Abbey: the presence of lives of Ivo and of Ethelred and Ethelbricht suggest Ramsey, as does the note on fol. 108: 'Hec qui descripsit devotus quisque rescripsit Yvo sacer de te placeat dominoque tibique'. Gerard Langbaine called it 'a good old book which was sometime the passional of the monastery of Ramsey' (letter to Archbishop Ussher ed. Parr, Life of Ussher (1686), p. 552). (MLGB3: evidence from locally specific contents, including obits, scribbles, etc.)

Presented by dr. Thomas James, first Bodley's Librarian, in 1601.

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

2023-08: Add provenance.