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MS. Lat. bib. d. 9

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



Almost all the beginnings of books have been cut out, but the order for the most part is the usual one for French 13th cent. bibles (see N.R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries I, 1969, pp. vii, 96–7). Ezra I and Nehemiah were apparently written as one book, followed by “Ezra II” (Stegmüller, Rep.Bibl., 94, 1). Coloss. follows II Thess. The prayers of Manasses and Solomon are both included. The prefaces appear to have been the usual set; there are traces of: Stegmüller, op.cit., no.311 (Joshua); 328 (I Chron.); 335 (Judith); 341 + 343(?) (Esther); 457 (Proverbs); 468 (Wisdom); 487 (Jeremiah); 491 (Baruch); 492(?) (Ezechiel); 511 (Joel); 607 (Mark); 677 (Romans); 751 or 2 (II Thess.); 765 (Tim.); 809 (Cath.Epp.).

“Modern” chapter divisions were added soon after the MS. was copied, and the chapters were lettered a-g in the margins. Marginal glosses in four main hands: (a) mid 13th cent., French(?); (b) later 13th cent., English; (c) 14th cent., Italian; (d) 15th cent., English.

Language(s): Latin
Table of Hebrew names
Incipit: [Aa]ron mons fortis
Explicit: Zerobabel aliena translacio…Aggeus 2. Mt.1.
(Addition, 13th cent.)
Language(s): Latin
Calendar and Litany followed by prayers.

Addition, 14th cent., written in England

Dominican additions and corrections were made to the calendar in the late 14th cent., between 1394 and c 1397–1401. The additions include (15 June): ‘Dedic. ecclesie fratrum pred. Oxon. totum [duplex]’; the translation of St. Frideswide (12 Feb.), etc. Calendar verses were added at the same time (Walther, Initia, nos. 2583, 4055, 6481, 6525, 14374, 14565, 20129).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (missing)
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 326 leaves (fol.238 is double, fol.107, 110, 129, 135, 152 were lost after the MS. was foliated, fol.329–330 are paper flyleaves)
Dimensions (leaf): 223 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 164 × 96 mm.
Edges badly cropped by binder.


1(12)(1–3 cut out), 2(12)–5(12), 6(10), 7(12)(1 cut out), 8(12)–9(12), 10(12)(5 and 8 missing), 11(12), 12(12) (3, 10 missing, 7 cut out), 13(12)(5 cut out, 6–7 missing), 14(12) (6–7 missing), 15(12) (11 cut out), 16(16), 17(12) (1 cut out), 18(12)–20(12), 21(12) (3, 12 cut out), 22(12) (1–3, 5–8, 11 cut out), 23(12) (8 cut out), 24(12) (2 cut out), 25(12)(5 cut out), 26(12) (2 cut out), 27(12) (4, 7, 8 cut out), 28(12)(1, 2, 4 cut out), 29(10) (5 cut out), 30(4) (+ 1 added at end), 31(8) some catchwords


2 cols., 60 lines ruled in pencil, pricked for ruling in both inner and outer margins, writing below top ruled line


Good initials. (P&A iii. 1317)

Illuminated initials cut out except on fol.285v, 286 (large), and 141v, 191v (small); initials to Psalms alternately blue and red with pen flourishing in red or blue, or both colours.


17th cent. leather binding.


Origin: French ; 13th century, middle, with additions 13th-14th cent.

Provenance and Acquisition

14th-century Oxford Dominican Calendar added

V. J. B. Clarke of Kingstanley, Gloucestershire

Sotheby's 18–19 Dec. 1944, lot 301, bought by Maggs for £20

N. R. Ker

Given by him to the library (formerly Dep. d. 239).

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.