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

MS. Douce b. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 21975


Illustrations of medieval fools and jesters: illuminations from manuscripts, original sketches and copies
Language(s): No linguistic content

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Pächt and Alexander iii. 574, pl. LVII:

Borders (fragments), cuttings without text, French, 15th century, end, fols. 1–2. (Pächt and Alexander i. 783) Fine historiated borders, initials, Psalter cuttings, English, Peterborough, c. 1320–30, fol. 4a.


Origin: 14th century -19th century ; French ; ; English, Peterborough ; and others

Provenance and Acquisition

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-14: Mitch Fraas Provenance and acquisition information added using https://github.com/littlegustv/oxfordupdates/blob/master/test_case_for_oxford_prov.rb in collaboration with the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project.