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

MS. Bodl. 89

Summary Catalogue no.: 1886


Speculum Christiani

A Latin religious treatise in eight Tabulae, with English verse and prose interspersed: beg. At fol. 44 follow some theological notes. Single leaves are wanting after foll. 2, 6, 10, 36, 43.

Incipit: Jeronimus. In principio cuiuslibet ... Magna differencia est
Language(s): Middle English and Latin
Carta Christi
Incipit: Ihesu Crist of heuene and helle

This is a separate piece in a different handwriting.

‘Long Charter’ of Christ (A Text), DIMEV 2859, NIMEV 1718

Language(s): Middle English

French note on fol. 49: see provenance.

Language(s): Anglo-Norman

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 50 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.125 × 5.5 in.


Good border.

Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 914)


Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

The date 1431 is written on fol. 49 in Latin and French: also (15th cent.) 'Harwod', and (16th cent.) 'Thomas P' (?), 'Iste liber constat domino Thome Geybrygge.'

Probably acquired between 1613 and 1620.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 914 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-24: Description revised to include all information in SC and Pächt and Alexander.