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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): Middle 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): Middle English
The Three Kings of Cologne

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

Language(s): Middle 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.