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

MS. Eng. th. e. 181

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


Commentary on the Pater noster
Language(s): Middle English
Commentary on the Ave maria
Language(s): Middle English
Commentary on the Apostles' Creed
Language(s): Middle English
Lay Folks' Catechism (revised version)
Language(s): Middle English

These ten leaves were once part of MS. Douce 274.

(fol. 11)
Form of confession (stray leaf, originally belonging to a different manuscript)
Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v (paper) + 11 + iv (paper) + iii (notes attached to lower pastedown)
Dimensions (leaf): 175–85 × 115 mm.
Foliation: Modern, in pencil: i-v, 1–18


Decorated initials.


18th-century English stained brown leather over pasteboards, with gilt roll-tooling around the edges of each board; marbled endpapers; rebacked (fol. 14r stamped 'REPR BY | JOHN P. GRAY & SON LTD CAMBRIDGE')


Origin: 14th century, last quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Faint (?) 18th-century inscription in the top margin of fol. 1r; inscribed in the 19th century 'John' in the top margin of fol. 5r, and at an uncertain date 'Bought[ ]' in the top margin of fol. 7r; bought by the Bodleian from Oliver Gollancz, 6 Aug. 1987.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.