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

MS. Auct. D. 4. 13

Summary Catalogue no.: 2571

Physical Description

Composite: fols. 1–62 || fols. 63–128 || fols. 129–225
Form: codex
Extent: iv + 225 leaves.


Whittawed leather over boards (period 3).

Accompanying Material

Fols. i-iii, endleaves, from a late 11th century MS. of Macrobius, Commentary on Somnium Scipionis, including the Mappa Mundia, and the end of a treatise of which the last words are: 'nec hunc in locum nisi multis exagitati saeculis reiciuntur [?]. Ille disce...solutus. Fol. iv, from a 13th century Latin hymnal.


Provenance and Acquisition

Cerne, Benedictine abbey: 'Domus de Cerne', fol. 225

'Willelmus Blacker', fol. 62, 16th cent.; his name also on fols. 70v, 106.

Fol. 84: 16th-cent. pen-trial with the names Thomas Hardinge of New Sarum and John Lawrence of Tisbury.

Probably acquired by the Library between 1605 and 1611.

MS. Auct. D. 4. 13 – Part 1 (fols. 1–62)


(fol. 1)
Pastoral manual 'Signaculum apostolatus mei'
Incipit: Signaculum apostolatus mei...Hoc debet quilibet prelatus dicere
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Coloured capitals.


Origin: 13th century, first half ; English

MS. Auct. D. 4. 13 – Part 2 (fols. 63–128)


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 13th century, early ; English

MS. Auct. D. 4. 13 – Part 3 (fols. 129–225)


Language(s): Latin

Amaury de Montfort , works
(fols. 129–136)

De principiis et partibus theologie

(fols. 137–141)

Distinctiones evangeliorum

(fols. 142–211, 213–16)


See L. E. Boyle, in Medieval Learning and Literature, ed. J. J. G. Alexander and M. T. Gibson (1976), 379–97.

(fols. 219–224)

Later index, in a different hand.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 224 × 147 mm.


Fols. 129–138v: 1 col., c. 40 lines when fully used, written space 170–80 × 85–110 mm.

Fols. 139–214: 2 cols., c. 42 lines when fully used, each column c. 80 × 60 mm.

Fols. 215v-216v: 3, 4 and 6 cols., c. 42 lines when fully used, overall written area c. 190 × 120 mm.

Fol. 218: irregular scrap.


Holograph of Amaury de Montfort.


Coloured initials.


Origin: 1276 ; English, Corfe Castle


'Hoc opusculum...infra quadraginta dies resurectionis dominice. ex solo textu biblie sine copia scripture alterius breuiter compilaui. Anno incarnacionis dominice .mº. ccº. lxxvj vite mee .xxxiiij. in carcere et cathena.

Fols. 219–24 are a separate section.

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from Watson (see bibliography) and the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2018-06-11: Description fully revised from Watson and Summary Catalogue.