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MS. Eng. th. c. 58

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Nicholas Love , Mirror of the Blessed Life of Christ

Tr. of Ps.-Bonaventure, Meditationes uitae Christi. Extract, the passion narrative, imperfect: in the edition by Powell, Lond., 1908, pp.220–225, 231–253, two leaves missing after fol.4.

Language(s): English
A Revelation Showed to a Holy Woman
Incipit: Almaner thyng that is begon
Explicit: Fyngris and her||

Ed. Horstmann, Early Yorkshire Writers I.383–7; a leaf missing after fol.11

Language(s): English
The Three Kings of Cologne

Imperfect: ch.6–31, ed. Horstmann, E.E.T.S. 85, pp.20/10–114/20.

Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment thicker than usual
Extent: 28 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 210 × 145 mm.


remains of four discontinuous quires of 8, the first wanting 1, 4 and 5, the second wanting 7


40 long lines


Plain blue initials.


Sewn on five cords and bound in half brown leather and plain parchment over pasteboards, the spine inscribed 'Life | of | Chris[t] | MS | Englis[h]'; the parchment covering apparently the reverse side of a 16th(?)-century manuscript document


Origin: 15th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

William Squyer , perhaps the Somerset priest, fl. 1490s-1536; in the margin of fol. 11r is written 'Squyer' in a 15th/16th-century hand.

'Honest' Tom Martin of Palgrave (who notes on a paper label attached to the upper pastedown that 'Upon the cover ... was written "Iste liber constat Willelmo Squyer"'); there are traces of a rectangular paper label in the top left corner of the upper board, which seems to have been inscribed '451' (indistinct).

John Ives (stamp on fol. 1r), his sale, Baker & Leigh, 3 March 1777

John Borthwick of Crookston , Catalogue No. IX

Major J. H. S. Borthwick, of Borthwick, Crookston, Heriot, Midlothian (bookplate), his sale at Sotheby's 3-4 June 1946, lot 196, with plate

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.