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

MS. Bodl. 481

Summary Catalogue no.: 2045


Clement of Llanthony, Vnum ex quattuor (Middle English translation: 'Oon of Foure')
Incipit: (prologue) (fol. v) Clement a preost of the chirche of Lantony
Incipit: (text) In the bygynnynge, ether first of alle thynges was Goddes son
Final rubric: Here endith Oon of Foure, that is oo book of alle foure Gospelleris gaderid shortly in to oo storie by Clement of Lantony...

The prologue is followed by a list of the chapters of the twelve parts, and (fol. xi) by a list of the liturgical Gospels for Sundays, Holy days and certain masses.

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: xviii + 109 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.75 × 7 in.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 765

Good border



Origin: c. 1400 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased (along with MS. Bodl. 415 and many printed books) with £100, presented by Henry Wriothesley Earl of Southampton in 1605. The letter of thanks from the University bears the date 6 May 1605.

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 (1973), no. 765 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-23: Description revised to incorporate all information from SC.