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

MS. Bodl. 359

Summary Catalogue no.: 2457


Ranulf Higden, Polychronicon (part)
Rubric: Prologus primus in Historiam Policronicam

Followed by three prefaces (Book I, chapters 1-4)

Ends with 'Mortuo Vortimero' in Book V, chapter 1, the rest being lost

An alphabetical index of subjects and two chronological notes precede at fol. 1

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 97 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 14.125 × 9.75 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 660

Fine penwork borders



Origin: 14th century, third quarter ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'Ranulphi Barlow liber'

Presented to the Bodleian by Ranulph Barlow, 1606

MS. Bodl. 359, flyleaves


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Origin: 15th century ; England

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (November 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 6: Fragments - Office Books, Rituals, Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 62

Last Substantive Revision

2022-10-14: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)