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

MS. Bodl. 940

Summary Catalogue no.: 27692


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 3)
Register of writs

Collected under 118 headings. The first are ‘De recto’, ‘De recto de rationabili parte’, the last is ‘De forma donacionis’

‘Kalendarium’ added, 15th century, fol. 230v.

2. (fol. 123)
Statutes of England

Lists of chapters at fols. 1, 226v.

On a fly-leaf, notes of (1) a complaint by John de Arundel, warden of the royal chapel of Tickhill, about a raid on the tithes of Harworth made by men from Nostell Priory (?1326); (2) weights and measures.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 2 + 230 + 2 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 187 × 120 mm.


1 col., 27 lines, written space 140 × 75 mm.


Good penwork initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 613)

Pen sketches added, 15th century. (Pächt and Alexander)



Blind-stamped leather over pasteboards, Oxford, late 16th or early 17th century.

Roll with initials ‘N.S.’: Oldham, Panels, MWa


Origin: 14th century, second quarter (after 1310); added decoration, 15th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

The first writ is dated 1310 (not here dated, but cf. texts in MS. Rawl. C. 246 and MS. Rawl. C. 310).

‘Johannes Paston est verus possessor istius libri’ in mirror writing; ‘Johannes Paston’; fol. i, 15th century: John Paston I, d. 1466 (cf. C. Richmond, The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century II: Fastolf's Will (1996), p. 29).

Cursson’ Gregorius dominatur codicus huius’, fol. 232v, early 16th century.

Presented in 1736 by Nathaniel Crynes M.A. of St John's College, Oxford.

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. 123 [physical description, origin]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 613 [decoration, date]
Summary Catalogue (1905) [contents, acquisition]

Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-21: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander and SC