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

MS. Lat. th. c. 23

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


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–5)
Peter Comestor, Historia scholastica

Reject leaves, containing (fol.1) III Kings ch. XIX (P.L. 198 col. 1363D ‘quadrata et ex omni parte’) - ch.XXI (P.L. 198 col.1366C ‘immolavit salomon hostias’), and (fol.2–5v) III Kings ch. XXXVI (col.1381B ‘sibilus aure tenuis’) - IV Kings ch. VIII (col. 1392A ‘id est cum elegisset’).

(fol. 6)
Peter Comestor, Historia scholastica
Rubric: Scolastica ystoria ysidori super ewangelia XIII quaterni

From chap. II of his account of Maccabees to the end of Acts. Due to the loss of leaves there are lacunae in the text at fol.39v (P.L.198 col.1597D ‘aristas se spargunt’ - col.1606A ‘propagatione et est’) and fol.62v (col.1662C ‘ideo necesse erat’ - col.1699D ‘operatur arte magica’). Another MS. containing the same part of the Hist. Schol. is Edinburgh, national Library MS. 6122, c.1200.

Rubric: Speculum theologie
Incipit: De sacra scriptura pro modulo nostro tractaturi circa que precipue versetur

Ends imperfect, the title on fol.6 indicating that the final quire is missing.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -tionem occisi
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 74 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (written): 205 × 110 mm.


1(8) – 4(8), 5(6) (wants 3 and 4), 6(8) (5 canc.), 7(6), 8(8), 9 and 10 missing, 11(8), 12(4) catchwords the quires numbered i – viii, xi, xii


36 long lines


Good and other initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 310)

Illuminated initials in blue, red, green and buff on fol.6 and 12v, the rest flourished blue, green and red, the rubrication ending at fol.55


contemporary boards, clasp missing.


Origin: English ; 13th century, beginning

Provenance and Acquisition

'Liber sancte Marie Hurl.' (Hurley, cell of Westminster Abbey), 13th century

‘Quisquis in hunc librum sua lumina verteret unquam / Nomen subscriptum perlegat ipse meum. Per me Morganum Awbrey Oxoniae studiosum’ and ‘Noverint universi per praesentes nos Iohannem Jevons clericum p⟨a⟩rochiae de West Hen⟨d⟩red et Thomam clericum teneri firmiter obligari Waltero herberte’, late 16th or early 17th cent. hands. Walter Herberte was rector of East Hendred 1571 – 1605).

Bought at Sotheby's, 16 Dec. 1957, lot 60

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.