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

MS. Bodl. 901

Summary Catalogue no.: 3034


Pontifical, Use of Rome

The ordinal part only, in three divisions, (1) 'de benedictione summi pontificis' (fol. 1); (2) 'de benedictione et consecratione electi episcopi' (fol. 5); (3) 'de benedictione abbatis vel abbatisse' (fol. 50), with musical notes

There are marginal rubrics, added in Italy

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 66 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.75 × 9.625 in.


The lower blank margin of fol. 46 has been cut off
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Pächt and Alexander ii. 165)

Fine initials


Origin: 14th century, first half ; Italy

Provenance and Acquisition

Use of the papal court; blessing of a bishop elected pope Clement (Clement V or Clement VI).

Coventry, Warwickshire, Benedictine cathedral priory of St Mary the Virgin: "Liber ecclesie cathedralis Coventrie [...]" (s. xv). Letter mark (?) "S." (MLGB3)

'Ex dono Edoardj Lapworth in medicina doctoris et prælectoris Philosophiæ Naturalis Sidleyani'

Lapworth was professor from 1621 to 1636, and this book appears to have been received not later than about 1630, perhaps about 1620-1625

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    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. 9

Last Substantive Revision

2023-03-27: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)