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

MS. Lat. bib. e. 6

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



Eighteen leaves from a Bible with ‘modern’ chapter divisions. The contents are: fol.1(25) Exod. 18.17–22.5; fol.2(45) Numeri 7.77–10. 23; fol. 2(a)(52) Numeri 26.30–29.3; fol. 2(b)(65), Deut. 25.5–28.19; fol. 2(c)(162), Nehem. 2.5–4-23; fol.3(174) Tobias 4.2–8.2; fol.4(189) Iob 9.31–14.20; fol.5(192) Iob 24.18–30.21; fol.6(269) Ierem. 2.19–4.20; fol.7(270) Ierem. 4.20–6.26; fol.8(271) Ierem. 6.26–9.4; fol.9(275) Ierem.17.7–19.15; fol.10(288) Ierem. 48.29–50.3; fol.11(290) Ierem.51.18–52.14; fol.12 (no number) Ezech. 21.4–23.8; fol.13(328) Osee 9.4–13.15; fol.14(332) Amos 5.17–9.12; fol.15(399) Lucas 9.39–11.5. (The numbers in brackets after the folio numbers are those of the modern pencil foliation of the whole MS.)

Marginal notes, in more than one hand. The unusual feature of this Bible is its punctuation, in which, besides the point and virgula, the flexus is used.

The initial to Job is reproduced in Maggs Bros., European miniatures and illumination, Bulletin no.2, Nov.1962, item 13 (20 leaves bought by Mark Lansburgh). For two further leaves see MS.Facs.d.121, fol.83–4 (London, University Library, MS.546 (i), (ii)) and, for two leaves in Australia, K.V. Sinclair, Descriptive Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Western Manuscripts in Australia, Sydney 1969, nos.255 and 259.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 15+3 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 155 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145 × 100 mm.


2 cols., 56 lines


Blue and red initials with long marginal flourishes in red and blue.


Origin: 13th century, second half ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Charterhouse of Val de Bénédiction at Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, 15th cent.

Folio Society, broken up in 1962

Bought, 1962

Fols. 2(a) and 2(c) bought at Sotheby's, 14 Dec. 1977 lot 8 (collection of B.C. Barker-Benfield)

Fol. 2(b) given by B.C. Barker-Benfield, 1977

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.