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. (Pächt and Alexander 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.