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

MS. Bodl. 54

Summary Catalogue no.: 1975


1. (fol. 1)
Edmund Rich, Speculum ecclesiae
Rubric: Speculum Sancti Edmundi
Incipit: Videte ad quid vocati estis. Ista verba apostoli

Preceded by a list of chapters and prologue.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 24v)
Richard Rolle, Emendatio uitae
Rubric: Libellus Ricardi heremite de Hampole de emendacione peccatoris, qui obiit anno Domini Millesimo. cccº, xlixº. apud sanctimoniales de Hampole
Incipit: Ne tardes conuerti

With a list of chapters.

At fol. 45 follows a hymn, versicle and prayer.

Incipit: O quam dulcis Ihesu memoria
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 46)
Manual of pastoral theology (Bloomfield 627)
Incipit: (prologue) Bene & breuiter in hoc libello ex sacris Scripturis composito tanquam in speculo
Incipit: Primo notantur que Christiani

Containing the Apostles' Creed, notes on the Sacraments, Sins, Virtues, etc. Sections 'de modo audiendi confessionem' (fol. 64v), and on the Seven Deadly Sins and their remedies (fol. 73v) may be parts of the treatise.

Language(s): Latin
4. (fol. 110v)
⟨Defensor⟩, ⟨Liber scintillarum⟩
Incipit: Petrus apostolus dixit Ante omnia ... Salomon dixit Odium suscitat iras
Explicit: et ignorant, quod gigantes ibi sint et in profundis inferni convivae eius
Final rubric: Hic expliciunt Parabolae Salomonis
See Stegmüller, Bibl. VIII/2, p. 392
Language(s): Latin

On fol. 155v is a character of a true priest, added in the 15th cent.

Incipit: Sacerdos debet esse sanctus
Language(s): Latin

On the next page is a half-erased English note (late 15th cent.) concerning the year 1399.

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 160 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.625 × 5.75 in.


Illuminated capitals.


Origin: 14th century, late ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'John Archar', 15th cent. (fol. 157v)

'Liber Henrici Jacksoni. MDC. Maii xxi liberati. Coll. Corp. Christi, Oxon.'

Apparently acquired by purchase from the latter in 1619–20.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-07: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.