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

MS. Lat. th. c. 14

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


Honorius Augustodunensis, Commentary on the Song of Songs

Here anonymous; as pr. P.L.172 cols.347–496, without the dedicatory epistle, and concluding with six verses:

Incipit: Cantica digna Deo numquam placitura Lyeo
Explicit: Uti pace datur quia laus in fine probatur
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 65)
Description of the four ways of interpreting Scripture
Incipit: Quattuor modis sacra scriptura exponitur
Explicit: in anagogico Augustinus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 65 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 210 mm.
Dimensions (written): 185 × 130 mm.


1(10)–5(10), 6(8), 7(8)(8 canc.), catchwords


2 cols., 86 lines


Fine border, historiated and other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 447, pl. XLIII)

Illuminated initial (fol.5), showing a kneeling crowned female figure, and in the top right corner the head of God the Father appearing in a cloud, with the words ‘Ecclesia sancta Christi sponsa.’ The illumination extends into the left-hand border and there are twelve smaller illuminated initials on gold backgrounds on fols.1, 14, 21, 27, 35v, 37v, 43, 46v, 48, 55v, 64v, the rest red and blue flourished. The lemmata are in large red letters


modern vellum binding.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Italian, Venice (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

At the top of fol.1 a 16th cent. hand has added ‘Expositio Irrefragabilis Doctoris Alexandri de Ales in Cantica Canticorum Salomonis’, and a similar ascription is added at fol.65.

cross and 'A 202', 16th century (?)

Monogram 'GBR' (?) (=Giovan Battista Recanti?, the Venetian bibliophile, d. 1734)

A spine label is covered by a Bodleian label

L. S. Olschki, Venice (bookplate); bought from Sotheran, 1950.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.