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

MS. Holkham misc. 21

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


William of Pagula , Oculus sacerdotum
(fol. 1)

Prima pars

(fol. 47v)

Secunda pars

(fol. 108)

Tercia pars

Wanting the end of ch. 28 and all of ch. 29 due to the loss of a leaf after fol. 142.

The second and third parts are in an abbreviated form. Each is preceded by a list of chapters.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: prius considerare
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper, fols. i-iii) + 149 + iii (paper, fols. 150-152).
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 210 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 235-40 × 140-5 mm.
Foliation: Foliation in modern pencil: i-iv, 1-152.


1(8)-5(8), 6(6), 7(8)-17(8), 18(8), 19(8)(wants 1), catchwords, quires 1-8 signed a-h


37 lines per page, written below top line; in 2 columns


One good historiated initial depicting a seated clerk reading from a book on a lectern, in which the opening words may be read as those of the present work. (P&A i. 777, pl. LXXIV). Blue and rose initial on gold ground with three-quarter border. Other initials gold on rose and blue grounds.


Typical Holkham binding; the spine lettered in gilt 'OCULUS | SACERDOTUM || MS. MEMBR. | SÆC. XIV.'


Origin: English ; c. 1400

Provenance and Acquisition

Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) : described as 'Oculus Sacerdotum' among the 'Divinity MSS.' in the catalogue of his library (William O. Hassall, ed., A catalogue of the library of Sir Edward Coke (Yale Law Library Publications, 12: London, 1950), no. 224).

Bookplate of ' THOMAS WILLIAM COKE ' (1754-1842), and signed 'Thos. Willm. Coke' (fol. i verso), fol. ii recto with notes inscribed by his friend William Roscoe (1753-1831), formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 159.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.