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

MS. Bodl. 841

Summary Catalogue no.: 8714


(fol. 1)
John Mandeville, Travels
Incipit: Come il ensi soit qe la terre doutremer cest assavoir la terre seinte, qe home dit la terre de promission...

Rubricated only up to chapter 22, the rest of the text (i.e. to the end chapter 34) is continuous

MS. Add. C. 280 is another 15-century manuscript and MS. Fairfax 23 contains a Latin version

Language(s): Anglo-Norman

On the inner fornt cover and fol. i are scribbled a few verses in English and Latin (late 15th century)

Language(s): Middle English and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 89 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.7 × 6.3 in.


Contemporary brown leather on bevelled boards, blind-tooled and stamped


Origin: c. 1430 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 1 has the late 17th-century inscription 'Bibliothecae Bodlejanae hunc Cod. MS. D.D. Carolus King A.M. ex Aede Xti'

King also gave, after 1632, the eighth volume of Leland's Itinerary, MS. Top. gen. e. 15

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

2023-03-23: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1937)