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

MS. Bodl. 419

Summary Catalogue no.: 2318

Physical Description

Composite: two parts
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (binding): 12 × 8.5 in.


2 cols


The binding in 1655 was velvet

The title-label, metal bosses, clasps, clasp fittings, and corner-pieces were re-imposed on a leather binding of the 2nd half of the 17th century. The bosses have now disappeared

(For a list of manuscripts with comparable bindings, see MS. Bodl. 218)


Provenance and Acquisition

MS. Bodl. 419 – Part 1 was priced at 10s. 8d. in the 14th century.

Owned by Iohannes Smyth de Conygsby [Coningsby, Lincolnshire], early 15th century

(fol. 208r) 'liber [M. Iohannis] Gigur emptus de Iohanne Smyth de Conygsby', 'precium dimidium marce'. John Gygour (d. 1504) was master of Tattershall college and the donor of several other surviving books (see: MLGB3) and may have given this volume to the college (see below). However, MLGB3 notes that evidence from an inscription of ownership by an individual member of a religious house might not be evidence for institutional ownership.

Tattershall, Lincolnshire, Collegiate church of the Holy Trinity and St Mary the Virgin: visible in the list made in the summer of 1528 by a visitor to Tattershall Collegiate church, where it is recorded as SC314.*8x

Owned by Henry VIII. See MS. Bodl. 218

Presented by Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham, in 1604 (MLGB3)

MS. Bodl. 419 – Part 1


1. (fol. 1)
William de Montibus, Distinctiones theologicae
Rubric: Incipit Distinciones W. de Mont. secundum alphabetum
Incipit: Arcus dicitur Christus & propiciatio Dei

Short discourses on religious and moral subjects, in alphabetical order of the first word. The first three articles are Arcus, Adversarius, Asperges me; the last are Vota, Zebus and Zona

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 103v)

Short pieces (mostly metrical) on Confession, the Deadly Sins, etc., including:

Rubric: Tractus metricus de septem Sacramentis ecclesiae

Intrant & pugnant

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 105)

The share of the twelve Prophets and twelve Apostles in the Apostles' Creed

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 13th century ; England

MS. Bodl. 419 – Part 2


1. (fol. 106)
Willelmus Peraldus, Summa de uitiis et uirtutibus
Incipit: (prol.) Presens opus habet quinque partes
Incipit: (text) Cum circa utilia studere debeamus

Part of an elaborate treatise on Virtues, in five parts (part 1 on virtue in general; part 2 on the three theological virtues; part 3 on the four cardinal virtues; part 4 on spiritual gifts; and part 5 on the beatitudes) The manuscript ends (unfinished) with the words 'amentur que amanda' in the 16th chapter of the second book, the verso of the last leaf being left blank.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Illuminated capitals.


Origin: 14th century, first half ; English

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (November 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922).


Last Substantive Revision

2022-11-16: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)