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

MS. Bodl. 953

Summary Catalogue no.: 3089


Calendar, Use of Sarum (diocese of Worcester)
Language(s): Middle English
Richard Rolle, Commentary on the Psalter
Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good border, historiated initials (partly defaced). (Pächt and Alexander iii. 701, pl. LXX-LXXI)


Stamped brown leather on boards, with gilt ornaments and edges, gilt clasp-fittings (one missing) bearing the arms of the University of Oxford, and gilt clasp inscribed 'liber bibliothe . ACADEMIAE OXŌN.', early 17th cent. London work by John Norton. one clasp lost.


Origin: 14th century, end ; English, Bristol (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Bristol, Gloucestershire, Hospital of St Mary Magdalen: The manuscript is illuminated with the arms and inscription of Thomas, Lord Berkeley, who bequeathed it to the hospital (Register Chichele I, fol. 306v); N. L. Ramsay and J. M. W. Willoughby, Hospitals, Towns, and the Professions, CBMLC 14 (2009), SH7. (MLGB3: evidence from an inscription of ownership by an individual member of a religious house (which may not, however, be evidence for institutional ownership)).

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (23 images 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. 152

Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.