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

MS. Lat. class. d. 39

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


Suetonius, De vita Caesarum
Language(s): Latin
Einhard, Vita Karoli Magni
Language(s): Latin
Aulus Gellius


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: vii (19th-cent. paper) + I (original pastedown) + ii (17th/18th-cent. paper bifolium, pasted to fol. ix) + 161 + I (original pastedown) + vii (19th-cent. paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 180–5 × 123 (127 incl. left bounding lines) mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: i-viiia, viiib, viiic, ix, 1–168, the present foliation partly correcting a previous 19th?-cent. pencil one


32 written lines per page, above top line; in 2 column(s)


Fine high-grade gothic bookhand


19th-cent. black leather over wood boards, the centre of the upper cover stamped in gilt with the arms of Sion College surrounded by the legend 'SION COLLEGE | THOMAS WHITE D.D. FOUNDER'; with two metal clasps; the top compartment of the spine with a circular paper label, now illegible, the second lettered in gilt 'SUETONIUS | DE VITIS XII CÆSARUM | GENEALOGIA | REGUM FRANCORUM | EINHARDUS | DE VITA CAROLI MAGNI', the sixth with another circular paper label with the Sion College shelfmark, the last compartment lettered 'M.S.'; marbled endpapers; marks on fol. viii show that the ?original binding was on three wide bands; with a single strap fastening from the middle of the upper fore-edge to a pin the centre of the lower board; a presumably later binding used a pair of clasps at the fore-edge, fastening further to left of centre on the lower board.


Origin: 12th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Dominican Convent, Northampton.

John Gunthorp (d. 1498), with his acquisition notes and annotations.

Bequeathed by Gunthorp to Thomas Cornysh (d. 1513), fellow of Oriel College, to which he gave it; 16th/17th-century signature of Thomas Tonkys.

Sion College, by 1697, with the early shelfmark 'A. 35' (fol. 1r), later re-referenced as Arc. L. 40. 2 / L. 21

Sotheby's 13 June 1977, lot 70, bought by Quaritch for the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.