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

MS. Bodl. 75

Summary Catalogue no.: 2253


John Lydgate, Life of Our Lady

The first and last leaves of the first quire (after fols v, 6) are lost, so no contemporary title or author is now in the volume

Fol. 1 begins 'The which flour preserued mann fro dethe'

Two additional stanzas are in this manuscript as compared with Caxton's edition.

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: v + 87 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.625 × 5.5 in.




Illuminated capitals


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

The following names are written in the volume in 16th century hands: Sir George Winter (fols 29, 76); Thomas Boynton and Henry Boynton (fols 7, 50v, 66, 84); John Robson (fol. 75v); 'Richard Horff ...' (?, fol. 75v); and 'John Clarkson in Rychmond' (fol. 84)

The manuscript probably reached the Library in 1603 or 1604. (Summary Catalogue I.90)

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1937)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-04-24: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1937)