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

MS. Auct. D. 4. 9

Summary Catalogue no.: 1968



With Jerome's prologues: the New Testament begins at 387v: the first 124 pages bear many marginal notes. At fol. 489 follow the usual Interpretaciones Hebraicorum nominum.

Foll. iv-ix are filled with 'Liber Esdre secundus', usually called the 4th book (beg. 'Liber Hesdre prophete secundus filii Sarey'). There are also theological notes, including a skeleton harmony of the Gospels (fol. ii), much written with a metal stilus (on fols. ix verso-xiv), and a list of the books of the Bible (fol. 535v)


Epistle and Gospel list

Temporale (fol. 531), main feasts of the sanctorale (fol. 532rc), beginning with St Sylvester; common of the saints (fol. 533vb). The list, entitled ordo officiorum anni, also gives the introit of each day; incipits only; some corrections. After this list is another with texts for sermons arranged according to the sanctorale (533) and common (fol. 534v). In the psalter (fol. 201v) the invitatoria and antiphons have been added in the margins, on Monday and Tuesday (fols. 205, 207v)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: xi + 539 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 202 × 140 mm.
Musical Notation:

Some musical notation.


Historiated initials.

Other initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 505)


Oxford, late 16th cent.

Accompanying Material

Four vellum leaves of a copy of Pynson's edition of the Sarum Breviary [1507] were taken out of the binding in 1916 and placed in Gough Missals 160.


Origin: 13th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'De eleccione Dauyd anno domini 1511o 26o die mensis Decembris', ?Thomas Davyd, fellow of Exeter College, Oxford 1507–13.

'Henricus Dotin Collegii Exoniensis 1558.'

Presented by Ralph Barlow in 1606.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 505 [decoration, origin, date]
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957)
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-06: Revised to incorporate all information SC, Pächt and Alexander, and van Dijk.