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

MS. Bodl. 49

Summary Catalogue no.: 1946


1. (fol. 31)
Rubric: Incipit Liber Aldhelmi episcopi de Virginitate seu laude sanctorum
Aldhelm, Carmen de virginitate
Incipit: Metrica tyrones nunc promant carmina casto
Final rubric: De laude sanctorum patrum atque virginum
Language(s): Latin


Language(s): Latin and Old English
2. (fol. 64)
Rubric: Eiusdem de octo vitiis principalibus
Aldhelm, De octo vitiis principalibus
Incipit: Digestis igitur sanctorum laudibus almis
Language(s): Latin


Language(s): Latin and Old English

The English glosses are edited in Napier's O. E. Glosses (1900), pp. 181, 189. A leaf appears to have been cut out before fol. 1.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 77 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.75 × 6 in.


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 23)


Origin: 10th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

For date see Gneuss-Lapidge.

Winchester Cathedral: 'Liber sancti Swithini Wintoniensis ecclesie', 13th cent.: 'Hic est liber de Ecclesia [?] sancti ... [Swithini Wintoniensis?] ecclesie', 14th cent.: possibly it was 'S. 10' or 'S. 1. 10' in that library.

'THo. Allen. D.[ono] D.[edit],' in 1601.

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. 23 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    H. Gneuss and M. Lapidge, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts : A Bibliographical Handlist of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100 (2014), no. 542

    Online resources:

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-15: Date revised with reference to GL.