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

MS. Bodl. 843

Summary Catalogue no.: 2576

Physical Description

Composite: fols. 1–80 || fols. 81–125 || fols. 126–141

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Chester, Cheshire, Benedictine abbey of St Werburg: 'Fuit olim ex monasterii Cestriae' according to Langbaine (Bodl. MS Langbaine 6, p. 60), who catalogued the manuscript when it was Super A Art.81. Now rebound, s. xix, the inscription no doubt lost in rebinding: it was perhaps 'Ex monasterio Cestrie' as in BL Royal 4 E.viii, etc. No old flyleaves. (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

Possibly King Henry VIII, to judge from the description of the binding and the probable form of the lost inscription. Queen's College, Oxford (cf. Thomas James in Queen's College 62 E 6 (Opera Anselmi), against beginning of De officiis, note written in 1612). (MLGB3)

Bodley 843 was rebound in s. xix and contains now no evidence of its provenance. Langbaine records that it was 'olim monasterii Cestriae' (Bodl. MS Langbaine 6, p. 60). (MLGB3)

MS. Bodl. 843 – Part 1

Contents

1.
Ambrose, De officiis ministrorum
Language(s): Latin
2.
Ambrose, De uirginibus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Initial. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 263)

History

Origin: 12th century, second half ; English

MS. Bodl. 843 – Part 2

Contents

Richard of St.-Victor, Liber exceptionum (Old Testament)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century, early

MS. Bodl. 843 – Part 3

Contents

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 176)

History

Origin: 12th century, third quarter ; English, Chester

Additional Information

Record Sources

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

Bibliography

    Online resources:

    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 224

Last Substantive Revision

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