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

MS. Lat. bib. e. 7

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

Contents

Bible and Select Masses ('The de Brailes Bible').
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 440 + iii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 165 × 115 mm.
Dimensions (written): 115-20 × 72-4 mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: i-iii, 1-177, 179-444

Layout

2 columns, 48 lines

Decoration

Numberous historiated and foliate initials.

Binding

Sewn on four split alum-tawed straps, laced into wood boards with bevelled inner edges, covered with polished brown leather, each cover tooled in gilt with a panel enclosing a gilt stamp depicting the Virgin and Child, a serpent underfoot, surrounded by the legend '.SODAL. IMMAC. CONCEPT. D.V.M. ANTVERP.'; the spine lettered in gilt 'BIBLIA | M.S.S.'; two brass clasps (fastening bottom to top); in a Dyson Perrins green box.

History

Origin: 13th century, second quarter ; English, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in Oxford, for a Dominican(?), probably shortly after Dominic's canonization in 1234; annotated for reading in refectorio, 14th cent.

Prior Johannes Linden, presented to Nicholas Boheler of Spira (Speyer or Spiere?), 15th cent.

Isabella Fernandes, presented to the Sodality of the Immaculate Conception, Antwerp, 1647

Alfred Pfeiffer, with his bookplate

Olschki, 1915, sold to C. W. Dyson Perrins, his sale 1/21/59, lot 59

Bought at Sotheby's 5 July 1976, lot 81.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (72 images from 35mm slides)