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

MS. Bodl. 570

Summary Catalogue no.: 2017

Contents

The same hand which recorded the gift of this volume (see below) entered on foll. iii-iv a short treatise on the mass:

Rubric: ea que sunt necessaria ad altaris sacramenta
Incipit: Circa ea que sunt necessaria
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Composite: three parts
Extent: v + 236 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 10.375 × 7.5 in.

Condition

The upper margins injured from about fol. 110 on.

Layout

2 cols.

Decoration

Historiated penwork border.

Initials. (P&A iii. 823, pl. LXXIX)

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Reading Abbey: 'Hunc librum Thomas Staunton prior monasterij Radyngensis dedit claustralibus Radyngensibus, quem qui alienauerit uel de eo fraudem fecerit, anathema sit Amen' (late 15th cent.).

Presented by William Burdet of Sonning in 1608.

MS. Bodl. 570 - Part 1

Contents

(fol. 1)
Peter of Blois, Epistolae
Rubric: Epistole magistri Petri (Blesensis) Bathoniensis archidiaconi

110 ('111') in number, a list of which is on fol. 1v

Language(s): Latin

no. '94' is the Instructio fidei catholicae sent by pope Alexander iii to the Soldan of Iconium, beg. 'Alexander ... Ex literis tuis'.

Language(s): Latin

At fol. 118 are added some Goliardic and popular poems; some incipits are:

Incipit: Tres fuerant iuuenes (fol. 118)
Incipit: Pergama flere uolo
Incipit: Si metuis, si magna cupis (fol. 118v)
Incipit: Pauca licet portes (fol. 118v)
Incipit: Est luxus populator opum (fol. 119v)
Language(s): Latin

On fol. 118v is a French 'medicina pro febre': the collection ends among some quotations with 'Oderunt peccare mali formidine pene', and the catchword Oderunt, a leaf or leaves being lost.

Language(s): French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

MS. Bodl. 570 - Part 2

Contents

(fols. 121ra-123vb)
Treatise on letter-writing
Rubric: Tabula dictaminis [a later title]
Incipit: Epistola est oracio ex attributis sibi partibus congrue composita

Polak, Medieval and Renaissance Letter Treatises and Form Letters, p. 356

(fols. 123vb-131rb)

Forms of letters, including an extract from Guido Faba, Exordia (Polak, Medieval and Renaissance Letter Treatises and Form Letters, p. 356).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

MS. Bodl. 570 - Part 3

Contents

(fol. 132)
Theological quaestiones
Incipit: Ubi habundauit delictum, superhabundauit & gracia Dei ... Primi parentis delictum

138 Quaestiones, stated in a late 15th cent. hand to be by st. Thomas Aquinas on the second book of the Sentences of Peter Lombard, here without title, except a later 'Sanctus Thomas Alquinus'. A list of them is at fol. 227v.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 823 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-15: Description revised to incorporate all information from SC.