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

MS. Add. A. 197

Summary Catalogue no.: 29175


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 1)
Liber usuum (Cistercian consuetudinary) (part 1)
Rubric: Ecclesiastica Officia
(fol. 102)
Carta caritatis (part 1)

With the prologue, Antiquam abbacie cisterciensis.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 105 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × c. 163 mm.
Dimensions (written): c. 170–88 × 110–15 mm.


Coloured initials.


Some flourished initials (fols. 8v, 13v, 21, 22v, 56v, 73, 79v, etc.)


Blind-stamped white whittawed leather over boards, 14th cent. (?), rebacked.

Accompanying Material

  • Fol. 1, fly-leaf from a late 12th-century Latin theological commentary.
  • Fol.105, from a 12th-century missal or sacramentary, contains some votive masses.


Origin: 1203 × 1218 ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

The feast of St Barnabas, ordered 'cum duabus missis' in 1203, appears in the hand of the original scribe. The feast of SS John and Paul, raised in 1218, was added on fol. 30. Cf. J.-M. Canivez, Statuta capitulorum generalium ordinis cisterciensis I (1933) 284, 485.

Cistercian abbey of Acquafredda, Lenno, Como, 15th cent. (fol. 1)

Bought at the William Bragge sale (Sotheby's, 10 Nov. 1880), lot. 1359, for £3 10s.

Record Sources

Adapted (2017) from A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts; S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957); and the Summary Catalogue (1905).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 241
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 5: Fragments - Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 251

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.