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

MS. Douce 178

Summary Catalogue no.: 21752


Language(s): Old French

L'Estoire del saint Graal
Incipit: Cil ki la hautere et la seingnorie

The Ypocras episode is at fols. 85 - 89: the end connects the next piece.

(fol. 149)
Incipit: Mult fu iriez li anemis
Final rubric: Ci fine lestoire de Merlin

After the colophon is 'Apres uient la marche de Gaule.'

See JONAS for details of texts.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 423 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13 × 9.25 in.


2 cols.


Pächt and Alexander ii. 104, pl. X.

Fine and good miniatures.

Fine and good borders.

Fine and good historiated initials.

Fine and good other initials.


Origin: c. 1270 ; Italian, Bologna

Provenance and Acquisition

Anne de Graville, d. c. 1543: 'A . Anne . de . Grauille . suis' (16th cent. ?), fol. 417: a large obliterated coat of arms is on fol. 148.

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834.

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2022) from the following sources, with reference to other published literature as cited.
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 104
Summary Catalogue (1897)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (403 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-05: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.