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

MS. Douce 199

Summary Catalogue no.: 21773


Language(s): Old French

Lancelot de Lac
Rubric: Ici commence li contes a parler dagrauain le bon chevalier
Incipit: Ci endroit dit li contes que quant Agrauains se fu de ses compegnons partis

Comprising the second part of the Romance proper

1. (fol. 300)
la Queste del saint Graal
Rubric: […] commence ici endroit listoire del Saint Graal & dit en itele maniere
Incipit: A la ueille de Pentecoste quant li compeignen de la Table Ronde

As far as 'si trouue li hermites' in the episode of Gawain and the hermit: the MS. was left unfinished. The work is here, as usual, attributed to Walter Mape.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 325 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 350 × 255 mm.


Pächt and Alexander i. 592,pl. XLV

Good miniatures, some defaced, by two different hands

Good borders.

Good initials.


Red velvet for Francis Douce.


Origin: 14th century, second quarter ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Erased coat of arms, fol. 1.

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2022) from the following sources:
The Douce Legacy [exh. cat.] (1984), no. 95
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 592
abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (96 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-05-20: Revised to include all information from Summary Catalogue.