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

MS. Bodl. 619

Summary Catalogue no.: 2151


Chaucer, Treatise on the astrolabe
Rubric: Brede and milke for children
Incipit: Lyte Lowys my sone
Explicit: (section 40)by thy tables houre after houre

Then adds in the original hand another section, printed by Skeat (E. E. T. S. Extra Series, No. xvi.) at 46, probably spurious.

Language(s): Middle English
2. (fol. 70v)
Office of st. Erasmus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 72 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 6.25 × 4.375 in.


Scribe identified by Simon Horobin (2009) as Stephen Dodesham


Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Great Malvern, Benedictine Priory (?)

'Constat More de Mychelmalvarn Menoch,' i.e. Great Malvern (?) 15th cent. (fol. 69v).

Given by dr. Edward James, and received on March 10, 1613/4.

Record Sources

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


    Printed descriptions:

    Simon Horobin, ‘The Scribe of Bodleian Library MS Bodley 619 and the Circulation of Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe’, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 31.1 (2009), 109–24
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 376

    Online resources:

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-06: Description revised to incorporate all information in the Summary Catalogue.