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

MS. Auct. D. 4. 18

Summary Catalogue no.: 2094

Physical Description

Composite: fols. 1–98 || B
Extent: 116 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.625 × 6.25 in.


Red leather on older boards, early 16th cent. Reading (?) work.

Accompanying Material

'Straps in binding from same late King's Bench writ (?) as in Bodley 397' (MLGB).


Provenance and Acquisition

Reading Abbey: part 1 identifiable in the catalogue of 1192. 'Contains contents list of Bodley 528 with Reading inscription: 'Hunc librum dedit frater Nicholas de Pichecote deo et beate Marie et con⟨ventui⟩ de Rading' ⟨Qu⟩em qui alienaverit, anathema sit' (fol. i recto flyleaf, reversed, s. xiii). No indication when flyleaf was bound with this volume.' (MLGB)

Presented by William Burdet of Sonning, in 1608.

MS. Auct. D. 4. 18 – Part 1


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 1)
Catholic Epistles with glossa ordinaria

James; 1 and 2 Peter, fol. 26v; 1, 2, 3 John, fol. 65v; Jude, fol. 91, with the general preface of Jerome.

Two leaves (fols. 97–8) follow the above piece, of which the first contains the sequence 'Sancti Baptiste Christi preconia' with music.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


3 cols.

Musical Notation:



Good and other initials (Pächt and Alexander iii. 180)


Origin: 12th century, third quarter ; English, Reading, Benedictine abbey (?)


A. Coates, English Medieval Books: The Reading Abbey Collections from Foundation to Dispersal (1999), 57, doubts that the manuscript was produced at Reading.

MS. Auct. D. 4. 18 – Part 2


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 99)
Nicholas of St. Albans, De celebranda conceptione b. Marie contra b. Bernardum
Rubric: Incipit liber magistri Nicholai de celebranda conceptione beate Marie contra beatum Bernardum [later title]
Incipit: Consuetudo ecclesiastica duplici \multiplici/ utitur consideratione

In two books.

With some notes.

On fol. 114v is an extract from the Collationes of Johannes Cassianus (13th cent.).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Two hands. The second hand, a peculiar square one, which begins on fol. 108v, has corrected the text of the former part.


Origin: 12th century, third quarter ; English, Reading (?)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2020) 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, III (1973), no. 180 [part 1: decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2020-05-12: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.