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

MS. Fr. e. 23

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


Language(s): French

1. (fol.3)
Calendar (saint for every day)
Grand Coutumier of Normandy
Rubric: Les drois et les establissemens de Normandie

As pr. Rouen, 1515, but with a second preface, of which the Latin version is pr. in the edition of E. Tardif, Soc. de l'hist. de Normandie, 1896, p.2.

Incipit: (preface(second)) Pour ce que la malice
3. (fol.89)
Hypothetical legal problems with answers,

comparable to the casus placitorum

Incipit: Deus freres furent dont lun vendi son heritage
4. (fol.90v)
Rubric: Le recort des escheqiers

For the years 1207–1211, pr. M. Marnier, Établissements et coutumes, assises et arrets de l'echiquier de Normandie, Paris, 1839, pp.111–22, ends imperf.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (register) De pleiges
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 97 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (written): 135 × 95 mm.


1(4), 2(8)–12(8), wanting at least one quire at the end


2 cols., 28 lines, numbered in red on the verso by the scribe


Red and blue initials with flourishes.


Crushed morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.


Origin: 14th century, early ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

'Wylliam Smyth', 16th century

Hale family, Alderley, library.

Christie's 18 June 1946, lot 263

Bought from Maggs, 1948.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.