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

MS. Bodl. 5

Summary Catalogue no.: 1847


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Ranulphus Higden, Ars conponendi sermones

Here without title or author's name, the first part of the preface being lost.

Incipit: ||me sinit Deus uota tua
2. (fol. 27)
Thomas Waleys, De modo et forma praedicandi
Rubric: Liber de methodo et arte concionandi ... auctore Thoma Aleys de ordine Predicatorum [added by James]
Incipit: cum predicacionis officium

Fol. 108r (the last parchment leaf) ends 'ex quolibet illorum argumentorum', some lines on the next page being erased.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: xxii + 121 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 6 × 3.875 in.


The original MS. consisted of 21 gatherings of 12 leaves, but must have contained another treatise, for of art. 1 only a leaf or so is wanting at the beginning, although gatherings 1-12 are lost. The existing gatherings run from 13 to 21, but of no. 20 leaves 2-11 are wanting, and of no. 21 leaves 10-12. Dr. James inserted paper leaves at the beginning and where the original text was wanting, all blank except fol. 86a.


Imperfect and injured by damp and worms




Origin: c. 1400 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Richard James, -1638

Given by him, 1633: 'Anno Domini 1633. Ex dono Ri: James ... Socij Coll. Corp. Christi Oxon.'

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-19: Description revised to include all information in SC.