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

MS. Bodl. 696

Summary Catalogue no.: 2512


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Initials. Fols. 1, 3, 7–8, 135–52, replacements of 14th century. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 162)


White leather on boards, clasps lost, 15th cent. English work.


Origin: 12th century, middle; added decoration, 14th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Oxford, Oxfordshire, Merton College: 'Liber Collegii de Mertone ex dono magistri Thome Balsalle quondam socii ibidem' (fol. 152v). (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

Mr Thomas Balsalle s. p. p. 1463. He bought it in 1463. ? Given by Dr. Thomas James. (MLGB3)

With ex-libris of Thomas Balsalle. Late medieval binding. = no. 249 in 1600. = no. 1098 in Powicke. (MLGB3)

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).


    Online resources:

    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 5: Fragments - Mass Books (typescript, 1957), pp. 144, 259

Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.