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

MS. Bodl. 478

Summary Catalogue no.: 2011


1. (fol. 1)
Ambrose, De poenitentia
Rubric: Liber primus beati Ambrosij de Penitencia
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 40)
Ambrose, De uiduis
Rubric: Liber sancti Ambrosij de Viduis
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 62 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.75 × 6.375 in.


Good decorative initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 216)


Stamped leather on boards with chamfered edges, clasp lost, 15th cent. Dutch work.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Netherlands

Provenance and Acquisition

Doesburg, Holland, Brothers of the Common Life: 'Liber domus clericorum in Doesborch', 15th cent.

William James, -1617: 'Sent by John Gibson to doctear James the 30 of October, and gott at the wininge [?] of Dospero [i.e. Doesborch?] in Gylderland', about A.D. 1600.

Acquired not later than 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1966), no. 216 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-14: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.