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

MS. Douce 215

Summary Catalogue no.: 21789


Language(s): Old French

Lancelot Cycle, Branches 3, 4, 5 (fragments; the former Phillipps MSS. 1047 and 3630, and Manchester, John Rylands Library, fr. 1, are from the same manuscript: see JONAS)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 49 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 16.25 × 11.625 in.


Pächt and Alexander i. 571, pl. XLIII:

Fine miniatures.

Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials.

Fine miniatures added on fols. 3v and 32, 15th century begining, by the School of the Boucicaut Master.


Origin: c. 1300; added miniatures, early 15th century ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Louis César de la Baume-le-Blanc (1708-1780), duc de la Vallière; sale, 1783/4, no. 4006; cf. Guillaume de Bure, Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu M. le duc de la Vallière (Paris: Guillaume de Bure, 1783)

Pierre-Antoine Bolongaro-Crevenna (d. 1792); sale, 1790, no. 5138.

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2022) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited.
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 571
Summary Catalogue (1897)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (117 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-05: Description revised to include all information in Summary Catalogue and P&A.