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

MS. Lat. th. b. 6

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


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: iv (paper) + 218 + ii (paper); fols. 141–142 are loosely inserted strips.
Dimensions (leaf): 375 × 255 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 230–5 × 140–5 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil, i-iv, 1–218



29 lines (main text)

57 lines (gloss)

Fol. 1r-v 2 cols; the rest: 1 col. of main text, sometimes accommodating up to 2 cols. of gloss (e.g. fol. 145r) column(s)


Good gothic bookhands, the main text about twice as large as the gloss


Sewn on five cords and 'BOUND BY RAMAGE LONDON' after 1843 (see M. Packer, Bookbinders of Victorian London (1991), 123) in purple leather over pasteboards, the covered framed with blind-tooled ornament; the spne lettered in gilt 'LATIN | MANUSCRIPT | OF THE | SACRED | SCRIPTURES.', and '13THCENTURY.' at the foot; marbled endpapers; copper-stains and holes in fol. 215–216 perhaps indicate the placement of two pins from a pair of early strap-and-pin fastenings


Origin: 13th century, middle ; English (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Rev. Allan Sinclair, presented to John Campbell, Lord Breadalbane (d. 1862), 27 May 1860, with his letter of presentation glued to fol. iv recto

Rt. Hon. Algernon William Stephen, 5th Earl Temple; sold by his executors at Sotheby's, 16 June 1941, lot 131

Maggs Bros., with their acquisition note 'S[otheby's]/6/[194]1' and price-code in pencil on fol. 218r

J. P. R. Lyell, with his acquisition note in pencil on fol. iv'M[aggs] | 23.8.'41 | E.V.X.V.', and his gilt green leather booklabel on the upper pastedown

Bequeathed to N. R. Ker (see Lyell Cat., p. xxvii), and given by him in 1975. Formerly Dep. b. 153.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.