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MS. Bodl. 920

Summary Catalogue no.: 3013


Catalogue of the library of St. Martin's priory, Dover

Ed. W. P. Stoneman, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 5 (1999).

Two leaves of a Latin vocabulary formerly in this volume are now MS. Lat. misc. b. 3, fols. 97–8.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 204 pages
Dimensions (leaf): 247 × 165 mm.


1 col., lines and written space vary.


Compiled and written by John Whitfield, precentor of Dover Abbey, who also wrote Canterbury Cathedral MS. 71 (Lit. E. 3).


Coloured initials.


Stamped leather on pasteboard, English provincial binding, early 17th century (?), rebacked.


Provenance and Acquisition

‘Presens. hec Matricula. bibliotece. prioratus Douerre. Anno incarnacionis. dominice. 1289\1389/. sub regimine. Fratris Iohannis Neunam. prioris. euisdem. ecclesie. professi compilata.’ (p. 1).

Presumably at Dover Priory until the Dissolution: fifteenth-century additions and annotations (Stoneman, op. cit., p. 10).

Probably acquired about 1614.

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. 122 [physical description, origin]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, binding, acquisition]

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-13: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson and SC