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

MS. Bodl. 493

Summary Catalogue no.: 2097


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
John Grandisson, Life of St Thomas of Canterbury
Rubric: Prologus vite beati Thome martiris compendiose & historice a Johanne de Grandissono Exoniensi episcopo collette

In four parts, each preceded by a list of chapters.

2. (fol. 51)
Miracle of St Augustine of Canterbury
Rubric: Quoddam miraculum almi patris Augustini Anglorum apostoli & Cantuariensis quondam archiepiscopi

A miracle at Combe ('Cometona') near Woodstock, connected with the refusal of tithes: cf. MS. Bodl. 474 (SC 2000), fol. 49, MS. Univ. coll. Oxford 29, p. 371.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 57 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.75 × 6.875 in.


Fine borders

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 766, pl. LXXIII)


Stamped brown leather on boards, Oxford work early in the 17th cent.


Origin: c. 1400 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Nomen scriptoris Robertus Plenus amoris,' 15th cent.

'Reginaldi Pooli Liber 1539,' probably not in the hand of cardinal Pole (fol. iv), see also fol. 55v, etc.

This volume came to the Library in 1603 or 1604.


Language(s): Latin


Parts of two leaves, Vulgate Pss. 89–93.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 15th century

Additional Information

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 6: Fragments - Office Books, Rituals, Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 17

Last Substantive Revision

2020-05-12: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.