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

MS. Bodl. 418

Summary Catalogue no.: 2317


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 157 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 207 mm.


2 cols., c. 58–70 lines, column space 210 × 60 mm.


Written by Johannes Steenhusen .


Good initials. Written in Montpellier in 1440, fol. 157v, but the initials added later. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 743)


Stamped leather on boards, Oxford early 17th cent. work.

Accompanying Material

Fols. i, 160 are fly-leaves from a 15th-century Latin manuscript of canon law.


Origin: 1440, added decoration c. 1475 ; French, Montpellier (script) ; Italian, Lombardy (?) (decoration)

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 157v: ‘explicit reportacio ... per manus Johannis steenhusen in montepessulano in ordine uel conuentu minorum pro fratre matheo de ficecko ordinis fratrum minorum. Anno domini Millesimo quadringentesimo quadragesimo altra[sic] die post conuersionem sancti pauli etc.’

Fol. 160 (flyleaf): ‘Iste liber est mei magistri francisci de careto ordinis minorum Asignatum fratri Francisco \de Sax(el)lo/ dissipullo meo sibi Asignatum pro sui studi papie [Pavia] incoati anno domini MoCCCColxxv die die vero decima quarta madij’.

Fol. 157v: ‘iste liber est ad vsum fratris franciscj de saxello ordinis minorum prouincie Janue [Genoa] et conuentus cultismilij [Cortemilia] Asignatum sibi per magistrum franciscum de Careto euisdem conuentus ac prouincie cuius anima requiescat in pace et hoc anno domini 1475. papie’.

Presented by Sir Richard Fermor of Somerton in 1603.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 85 [contents, physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , II (1970), no. 743 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [flyleaves, acquisition]

Last Substantive Revision

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