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MS. Digby 16

Summary Catalogue no.: 1617


Jacobus de Vitriaco, Historia occidentalis
Rubric: Liber de Ymagine Mundi, editus a reverendo patre ac domino Petro, patriarcha Iherosolimitano

MS. O in the edition of J. F Hinnebusch (Spicilegium Friburgense, 17; Fribourg, 1972), descr. at 39-40.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 165)
Jacobus de Vitriaco, Exempla
Rubric: Exempla magistri Jacobi de Vitriaco
Incipit: Navis per se descendit fluvium, sed per se non ascendit. Similiter homo.

Part of fol. 176 is missing.

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 208)
Evangelium Nicodemi.
Rubric: Hystoria Nichodemi de gestis Salvatoris que inventa est in pretorio Poncii Pilati
Incipit: Factum est in anno decimo nono imperii Caesaris
Explicit: Que gesta sunt de Jhesu in pretorio meo.
Final rubric: Explicit hystoria Nichodemi quam invenit Theodosius magnus imperator in Jerusalem in pretorio Pontii Pilati in codicibus publicis

No. 231 in Z. Izydorczyk, Manuscripts of the Evangelium Nicodemi: A Census (Subsidia Mediaevalia, 21; Toronto, 1993), 120 (q.v. also for bibliography). On fol. 208 is 'Hunc tractatum et authorem suum allegat Jo. Raulin sermo 2° de assumptione beate Marie virginis fol. 127'. The reference is presumably to Jean Raulin (1443-1514) but his second sermon on the Assumption as pro in his collected works (Antwerp, 1611-12, 'Sermonum de sanctis pars secunda', 221-33) does not seem to mention this text. Syon Abbey owned several volumes of Raulin's sermons, none now traced; R.61-4, S. 24-6 in Catalogue of the Library of Syon Monastery Isleworth, ed. Mary Bateson (Cambridge, 1898).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 223 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 160 × c. 115 mm.


Ruled for 28 long lines. Ruled space c. 110 × c. 75 mm.


Textualis libraria.


Red initials flourished in green, blue initials flourished in red.


Calf over pasteboard, a standard binding of the Digby collection.


Origin: 13th century, end - 14th century, beginning ; England or France

Provenance and Acquisition

According to the list of contents (s. xvi 1) on fol. i there was a 'Tractatus de transitu beate Marie Virginis' after Nicodemus, but fol. 223v shows every sign of always having been the final page. There are rust marks from an earlier clasp on fols. 1 et seq. At the top of fol. 2 is a title in a bold hand of s. xvi in.

Thomas Allen: on fol. 1 is Allen's number '65' (i.e. in the 8° section of his catalogue).The same number and 'Tho: Allen' are on fol. 2.

Kenelm Digby, 1603–1665: at the foot of fol. 2 his motto and name

Donated to the Bodleian, 1634.

Record Sources

Adapted with limited additional description (Jan. 2024) by Matthew Holford from the Quarto Catalogue (W. D. Macray, Bodleian Library Quarto Catalogues IX: Digby Manuscripts, repr. with addenda by R. W. Hunt and A. G. Watson, 1999).

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-14: Mitch Fraas Provenance and acquisition information added using https://github.com/littlegustv/oxfordupdates/blob/master/test_case_for_oxford_prov.rb in collaboration with the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project.