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

MS. Bodl. 845

Summary Catalogue no.: 2578


Lawrence of Durham, Hypognosticon

A versification of biblical history in eight books

After the prose preface, the poem begins in elegiac verse:

Incipit: Principium rerum sine tempore tempora formans

The present copy is defective after the words 'Inter forte tamen differ[t] & fortius atque' in the 5th book, in an account of Darius

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 38 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.125 × 5.625 in.


Coloured capitals


Origin: 13th century, first half

Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired before c. 1646 (Summary Catalogue I. 112-13)

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-04-24: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)