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

MS. Don. d. 176

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession): no detailed description available

Contents

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + 26 + 2 (17th century paper) + 8 + 2 (18th?-century paper) + 6 + i (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 335 × 240 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil, 1-40 (endpapers and loosely inserted leaves not yet foliated); an 18th-century Italian pagination on fols. 4r-39v runs from 1-72, omitting the paper leaves inserted after fols. 26 and 34

Layout

Variable.

Hand(s)

Various cursive hands.

Decoration

Miniature on fol. 3v. Penwork initial on fol. 4r. Marginal drawings.

One large miniature of St. Juliana and a tethered demon, between two coats of arms (de la Mare, 1985, fig. 3).

Binding

Sewing not clearly visible; bound in medieval brown leather over wood boards with square edges, the covers blind-tooled with lattice patterns and star stamps, with the marks of five bosses on each cover; two clasps at the fore-edge (straps missing); rebacked.

History

Origin: 1498 and later additions (15th - 16th centuries) ; Italian, Perugia

Provenance and Acquisition

Swann Gallery, New York, sale 11 Oct. 1979, lot 242.

Bought by the Bodleian with the help of Bodley's American Friends, 1979.

Record Sources

Summary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.