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

MS. Bodl. 458

Summary Catalogue no.: 2414


1. (fol. ii)
Hugo Ripelinus, Compendium ueritatis theologicae
Rubric: Tracatus veritatis theologice
Incipit: Veritatis theologice sublimitas

In seven books, each preceded by a list of chapters; cf. MS. Bodl. 456

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 130)
Willelmus Durandus the Elder, Rationale diuinorum officiorum (extracts)
Rubric: Breuiarium de diuinis ministeriis et ecclesiasticis sacramentis extracum a libro Racionalis diuinorum composito a Willelmo Durandi quondam Mimatensi episcopo
Incipit: De ecclesie consecracione inter cetera
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 154)
Richard of Saint-Victor, Beniamin minor (extracts; here attributed to Hugh of Saint-Victor)
Rubric: Notabilia libri .xii. Patriarcharum editi a magistro Hugone de Sancto Victore
Incipit: De commendacione sapiencie. Certe &, si in laudem sapiencie
Language(s): Latin
4. (fols 165, 176, 177, 179v)
Theological treatises

Short theological pieces, chiefly in the form of sermons, including

Incipit: Ad audiendum ut credimus (Bernard of Clairvaux)
Incipit: Prelati ecclesie ita lenitatem misericordie exhibeant
Incipit: Hec 4or sunt sepissime homini consideranda
Incipit: Tria sunt que corporalis oculus
Language(s): Latin
5. (fol. 183)
Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea

Excerpts from the Legenda Aurea, consisting of the Vita Pilati and (fol. 184v) Vita Judae

Language(s): Latin
6. (fol. 189)
Augustine, Enchiridion

The Enchiridion is preceded by a list of its 132 chapters

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 212 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.375 × 8.875 in.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 662

Good penwork initial


Black velvet, worn, with brass clasp-fittings. (For a list of manuscripts with comparable bindings, see MS. Bodl. 218)


Origin: 14th century, third quarter ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

The title of a book is written on the fly-leaf: 'liber taxationum omnium benefitiorum regni Anglie, secundo folio ecclesia de Fryston', early 15th century.

Owned by Henry VIII. See MS. Bodl. 218. A 16th-century 'T' occurs on fol. ii.

Presented by Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham, in 1604

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2022-11-15: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)