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

MS. Bodl. 312

Summary Catalogue no.: 2123

Physical Description

Composite: fols. 1-116 || fols. 117-185 || fols. 186-247
Extent: i + 247 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 13.875 × 10 in.

Layout

2 cols.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by dr. T. James, first Bodley's librarian in 1601.

MS. Bodl. 312 - Part 1

Contents

(fol. 1)
Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job (books i-xvi)
Rubric: Hic incipiunt Moralia beati Gregorii pape in exposicionem libri Iob per triginta quinque volumina in sex codicibus extensa, gracia disponente

With some marginal notes.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Good border

Initial. Fols. 62-116 different and somewhat later script. (P&A iii. 694)

History

Origin: 14th century, end ; English

MS. Bodl. 312 - Part 2

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 117)
Sulpicius Severus, Dialogi

Fragment: last few sentences of the 3rd dialogue (beg. 'mox per illum'), and a note about it by dr. Thomas Gascoigne, see Provenance; followed by ten blank leaves.

2.
Robert Grosseteste, Letters

The letter of pope Innocent IV, Jan. 26. 1252/3, with the answer of the bishop in 1253: and (fol. 118) the long sermon of the bishop at Lyons in 1250: after which come (fol. 121r) long notes of some subsequent proceedings [Dicta et Scripta], and five almost blank pages. Originally there were perhaps 127 letters, but four leaves are wanting after foll. 129 (two) and 166 (two). The hand changes on fol. 157r and after fol. 166. After the letters (on fol. 172v) comes Grosseteste's treatise De potestate et cura pastorali [ep. 127], sometimes called Contra praelatorum ignaviam, and counted as a letter: beg. 'Moyses qui tradente Domino'.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 15th century ; English

Provenance

Thomas Gascoigne: annotated by him, fols. 117, 122, 135v ('Copia istarum epistolarum Lincolniensis est inter Fratres Minores Oxonie ...', cf. fol. 126), 172v ( ... et vidi illud opus [de cura pastorali] correctum manu propria ipsius domini Lincolniensis'), 184v.

Balliol College, Oxford: probably the copy (Twyne MS. xxi, p. 133) 'quem James biblioth. anno domini 1604 mutuo accepit et perdidit.' (MLGB3).

MS. Bodl. 312 - Part 3

Contents

Augustine
(fol. 186) De sermone Domini in monte

End of bk. 2, beg. 'et terrena sectando'

(fol. 216)

De praedestinatione ad Prosperum et Hilarium

Whose two letters precede at fol. 214

(foll. 221, 233)

De bono perseverantiae

(fol. 229)

Contra quinque genera hostium

(fol. 235v

De natura boni contra Manichaeos

In a different hand, which begins at fol. 233.

(fol. 238)

Soliloquiorum libri duo

Preceded by the corresponding Retractatio

(fol. 243v)

De immortalitate animae

Preceded by the corresponding Retractatio

(fol. 245v)

Retractatio

Corresponding to the De duabus animabus, ending with 'pertrectare atque enodare', catchwords 'tunc uolui'; the treatise once followed, as well as the De opere monachorum, but both are now lost.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century ; English

Provenance

Part of a much larger volume, comprising quires 39-43 (senions, = fols. 457-517?).

MS. Bodl. 312 - endleaves (fols. i, 246 and covers)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 2020) from the following sources, with reference to other published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 694 [part 1: decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [part 1: contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition; parts 2, 3]

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-06-16: Description revised to include all information in SC.