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

MS. Bodl. 412

Summary Catalogue no.: 2308


Jean de la Rochelle, Postilla in Lucam (Stegmüller, Bibl. 4900)
Incipit: Habentes pontificem magnum ... Notantur in hoc uerbo cause

At fol. 257v is a list of Sunday and other gospels from St. Luke, cf. fols. iv, 252, 258.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 258 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.375 × 8.375 in.


2 cols.


Antonia Gransden has identified the scribe of this manuscript in six other manuscripts from Bury St Edmunds and suggested that he was a monk of the abbey: A. Gransden, A history of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1257–1301 : Simon of Luton and John of Northwold (2015), p. 283.


Illuminated capitals.


Red leather on boards, clasps etc. lost, injured, 14th cent. English work.


Origin: 13th century, late ; English, Bury St Edmunds (?), Benedictine abbey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Bury St Edmunds, Benedictine abbey: ex libris and pressmark, 'Postilla super Lucam: Sancti Edmundi . B. 252,' 14th cent.

Perhaps to be identified with a manuscript formerly at Pembroke College, Cambridge, listed in Thomas James, Ecloga, no. 156 ('Postilla super Lucam. Habentes pontificem'), and therefore one of the Bury manuscripts given to Pembroke by William Smart of Ipswich (Summary Catalogue; M. R. James, The abbey of S. Edmund at Bury (1895), pp. 11, 16) .

It was probably received by the Bodleian in 1613–20.

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to other published literature as cited.


Last Substantive Revision

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