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

MS. Bodl. 751

Summary Catalogue no.: 2518

Physical Description

Composite: Main text-block || fol. i, binding fragment || fols. ii-v, binding fragments

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bermondsey, Surrey, Cluniac priory and (from 1399) abbey of St Saviour (?): contains on flyleaves parts of a monastic catalogue of books, some with Cluniac interest, and the household expenses of Prince Edward of Windsor in journeying from London to Dover in August and September 1325, a route which passed through Bermondsey. The binding is 15th-cent. English work. See Sharpe, Benedictines, 22-3, for the surmised attribution of the catalogue to Bermondsey. (MLGB3: evidence from binding or elements of a binding typical of a particular library, or pastedowns bearing evidence of provenance).

Oxford, Oxfordshire, Merton College: 'Ex dono domini Ricardi FitzJames nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et Custodis istius collegii [sc. Merton] ...' (fol. v verso). Fitzjames died in 1522. (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

No. 257 in Th. James' Merton Catalogue 1600. Powicke, Merton Books, no. 1189. Medieval binding. (MLGB3)

MS. Bodl. 751 – Part 1

Contents

1.
Ambrose, Hexaemeron
Language(s): Latin
2.
Ambrose, De poenitentia
Language(s): Latin
3.
Ambrose, De bono mortis
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine and good initials. Related in style to MSS. from Canterbury. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 96, pl. IX)

History

Origin: 12th century, second quarter ; English, Canterbury (?)

MS. Bodl. 751 – Part 2

Contents

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: between 1310 and 1328 ; English, Bermondsey (?)

MS. Bodl. 751 – Part 3

Contents

Household account of Prince Edward of Windsor, August-September 1325
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 1325 ; English

Additional Information

Record Sources

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

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.