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

MS. Bodl. 861

Summary Catalogue no.: 2728


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Richard Rolle, Commentary on the Psalms (Stegmüller, Bibl. 7298)
Incipit: Magna spiritualis iocunditas

Canticles, fol. 46. Fol. 8 is blank, and at that point the commentary on Pss. 8–17 and parts of 7 and 18 is wanting.

2. (fol. 51)
Richard Rolle, Melos amoris
Rubric: Melum contemplatiuorum
Incipit: Amor vtique audacem
3. (fol. 81)
Richard Rolle, Commentary on the Song of Songs (Stegmüller, Bibl. 7307)
Rubric: Tractatus de primo versiculo [et secundo] Canticorum per Ricardum H.
Incipit: Suspirantis anime
Final rubric: Explicit super Sirasirum id est Canticum Canticorum secundum Ricardum heremitam
4. (fol. 90)
Richard Rolle, Commentary on Psalm 20
Rubric: Tractatus super Psalmus 24[sic]
Incipit: Cvm Christus qui est veritas
5. (fol. 93)
Richard Rolle, Liber de amore dei
Rubric: Secundus liber Ricardi venerabilis Hampul, De amore Dei contra amatores mundi
Incipit: Quoniam mundanorum
6. (fol. 102v)
Richard Rolle, Incendium amoris
Incipit: Admirabar amplius

Preceded at fol. 99v by a passage from Anselm and a chapter of the Incendium:

Incipit: Omnis accio laudabilis
Final rubric: Amen secundum Ricardum heremitam
7. (fol. 123)
Richard Rolle, Commentary on Revelation (Stegmüller, Bibl. 7311)
Incipit: Apocalipsis Ihesu Christi ... Beatus Johannes in exilium missus
8. (fol. 128v)
Richard Rolle, Emendatio uitae
Rubric: Regula vivendi distincta in duodecim capitula
Incipit: Ne tardes conuerti
Explicit: [ends unfinished in ch. 10] ad suauitatem eterne vite||
9. (fol. 133)
Ps.-Richard Rolle, Commentary on the Song of Songs (Stegmüller, Bibl. 7307,1)
Incipit: Materia huius operis sunt fideles
Explicit: foris argento variata
Final rubric: Explicit Sirasirim versus CC 80
Colophon: Maria. pridie scripta die Mercurii a⟨nno⟩ 1411 domini . & Maius mensis 5

Fol. 137v, theological notes.

10. (fol. 138)
Richard Rolle, Commentary on Lamentations (Stegmüller, Bibl. 7310)
Incipit: Quomodo sedet sola ... Et factum est postquam
11. (fol. 142)
Ps.-Bonaventure, Meditationes uitae Christi (extract, c. 3, de vita Mariae virginis)
Incipit: Circa virginem vero

At end:

Final rubric: Explici⟨t⟩
Incipit: Mortis amara rapis imperialis apex[sic]

Two alphabets follow on fol. 142v.

12a. (fol. 143)
Richard Rolle, Commentary on the Lord's Prayer (Stegmüller, Bibl. 7312,1)
Incipit: Pater noster ... Hec oracio priuilegiata est
12b. (fol. 143)
Richard Rolle, Commentary on the Apostles' Creed (Stegmüller, Bibl. 7313)
Rubric: Idem Ricardus super Simbolum apostolicum
Incipit: Decimo die post Ascensionem
13. (fol. 148)
Richard Rolle, Paruum Iob
Rubric: Postille Ricardi heremite super novem Lectiones Mortuorum
14. (fol. 166)
Richard Rolle (?), Commentary on the Athanasian Creed (Stegmüller, Bibl. 7313,1)
Incipit: Hic beatus Athanasius

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 2 + 168 + ii fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 215 mm.


2 cols., 53–76 lines, written space 215–25 × 70 mm.


Coloured initials.


Added marginal drawings, 15th cent. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1167)


Origin: 1409–1411; additions, 15th cent. ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Colophons on fols. 1, 23, 46, 47, 49, 102v, 137v, 141, with dates from 1409–1411: for full details see Watson.

‘Liber librarij Wigorniensis inde desumptus martii .22. 1590 et illuc restituendus’. Accepted by MLGB as a pre-Dissolution book from Worcester Cathedral Priory.

Probably acquired between 1605 and 1611

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2019) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature cited in the description:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 119 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 1167 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, acquisition]

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-10: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson, SC and Pächt and Alexander.