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

MS. Lat. misc. c. 55

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

Year Books; English, late 15th century


The MS. was collated for the Selden Soc. Year Book Series, vol.47 (1930) and in part for Select Cases in the Exchequer Chamber, Selden Soc., vol.51 (1933).

Year Books 6–10 Edward IV, 49 Henry VI, 11–15 Edward IV, 20–22 Edward IV, 1 Henry VII

Foliated by the scribe i–xviii, xxii–xxxvii, xl–lix.

Language(s): French
Year Book 35 Henry VI

Foliated by the scribe ‘[xix]–lxii. On fol.94v in the same hand ‘Iste liber dico constat homini generoso ut si quid gnores R. Constable hic nominatur.

Language(s): French
Year Book 36 Henry VI,

foliated by the scribe i–xxxiii.

Language(s): French
Year Book 37 Henry VI
Language(s): French
Year Book 39 Henry VI

Foliated by the scribe i–xx.

Language(s): French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermarks: hand (three varieties) cf. Briquet 10719, 10810, 10793; steer's head (not in Briquet); steer cf. Briquet 2792; sun cf. Briquet 13942; scales (not in Briquet).
Extent: ii + 180 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220–40 × 140–50 mm.


1(20) (wants 19, 20), 2(18) (wants 1, 17, 18, leaf added between 2 and 3), 3(18) (+ 3 leaves added at the beginning, and one at the end), 4 missing, 5(16) (wants 1), 6(16), 7(8) (wants 8), 8(20), 9(14) (14 canc.), 10(32), 11(20) Quires 5–7 numbered [ii] - iiii in the bottom right corner.


varying number of long lines


Three hands: (1) fols. 1–56, 128–177v; (2) (Robert Constable) fols. 57–94v; (3) fols. 95–127v


binding early 19th cent calf, rebacked.


Origin: 15th century, late ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Robert Constable seriant (?)' (fol.1, cf. also fol.18, 40, 72).

'R. Belby' late 15th cent. (fol.160)

Col. Charles Towneley (1803–76) (Hist. MSS. Commission, IVth Report, p.410)

William Ferrar

Bought 1931.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.