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MS. Lat. hist. e. 1

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


1. (fol.1v)
Burchard (or Brocardus) de Monte Sion , Descriptio terrae sanctae
Incipit: Cum in veteribus historiis legamus
Explicit: et Saraceni bena fide

A text longer than that of J. C. M. Laurent, Peregrinatores Medii Aevi Quatuor, Leipzig, 1873, or the earlier editions.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol.32)
Oliver of Paderborn , Historia Damiatina
Incipit: Letetur mons Syon et exultent filie Jude
Explicit: (ch.43)et adventum ipsius nunciantes||

MS. A in the edition by Hoogeweg, Bibliothek des Litterarischen Vereins in Stuttgart, 202 (1894), pp.159–280

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: quibus dulcem
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 47 (the first and last are pastedowns, the first is now mostly lifted)
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 150 × 110 mm.


1(8)–5(8), 6(8)(7 canc.), catchwords


2 cols., 38 lines (39 on fols. 1v-3r)


A very fine coloured ink drawing of Christ enthroned is on fol. i recto, formerly pasted-down; a similar but cruder figure, without colour (fol. i verso), was perhaps traced through the leaf

Puzzle initial in red and blue with red and purple penwork (fols. 1v, 32r); smaller initials alternately in blue with red penwork or red with purple penwork; minor initials and paraphs alternately red or blue.

(P&A i. 128, pl. IX)


Original binding. Sewn on three wide split straps laced, into cushioned wood boards, covered with white? (now dirty) leather, blind-tooled with a saltire design on each cover; with a strap-and-pin fastening (from the lower to the upper cover); the top of the upper cover with a title 'Desc(ri)pc(i)o terre s(an)c(t)e' inscribed on a piece of parchment (apparently covering an earlier title); the top of the spine with a paper label printed '401', the next two compartments with paper labels inscribed in the 19th-cent. 'Oliverii schol: | Hist Damiatina' and 'Descriptio ter- | ræ sanctæ'


Origin: 13th century, late ; Austrian

Provenance and Acquisition

An inscription on the lower pastedown, apparently beginning 'Thom...' and including the word 'montem' is smudged.

No. 401 in the Admont Stiftsbibliothek, with a blue paper 'Admonter Bibliothek.' shelfmark label stuck to the inner face of the upper board, and with their 'BIBLIOTHECA ADMONTENSIS' ink stamp (fols. 1r, 45v).

Bought from E. P. Goldschmidt, Cat. 100, no. 24, 1936.

Record Sources

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