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

MS. Digby 229

Summary Catalogue no.: 1830


Language(s): Latin, with a few glosses in Middle English


For order of books and prologues see Quarto Cat., addenda.

Psalms added, 14th century.

Some glosses in English, 14th cent. (see Quarto Cat., addenda).

Verses, fols. 5v, 28v, 157v, 168v (see Quarto Cat., addenda).

Added texts, 15th century:

(fol. 197)

Alphabetical table of proper names

Rubric: Expliciunt interpretationes Biblee. Quod Simon Andrew
(fol. 207)
Epistle and Gospel list

Temporale (fol. 207rd); sanctorale (fol. 207vb). Principal days and feasts only. Incipits only.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: uit qui editioni
Form: codex
Support: Parchment, thinner in quire 9 and most of the New Testament (quires 17–20).


1–8(10), 9(10)(wants 8, 9), 10(12), 11(8), 12–14(12), 15(8), 16(4)(fols. 153–6, Psalms, a later insertion), 17(10), 18(12)(wants 7), 19(10), 20(8)(8 plus 1), 21(12)(lacks 12). Quires I-VII are numbered, the rest have catchwords, not written by the scribe of the text. Quire 9, a catchword at the bottom of each verso.


2 cols., c. 80–90 lines. In quire 8 the writing changes at fol. 78 from above to below top line.


Fleuronnée initials mostly retouched 13th - 14th century. Others added at that date. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 426)

Fine decorated initials, fols. 1v and 2. Blue and red fleuronnée initials in the New Testament.

Additions: Marginal notes and glosses.


Origin: 13th century, second quarter; additions, 13th - 15th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Precii c s.' (fol. 207v, 14th cent.)

'Gybbys xxx s.' (fol. iii verso)

Kenelm Digby, 1603–1665.

Donated by him to the Bodleian, 1634.

Record Sources

S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957) (fols. 28–34); Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography); 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

2017-07-01: First online publication.