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

MS. Lat. th. c. 35

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


Gregory the Great, Dialogues
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 171 (no flyleaves, but a strengthening-strip is at each end
Dimensions (leaf): 315 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 230 × 135 mm.
Foliation: Medieval ink foliation in a mixture of arabic and roman numerals, occasionally using 'x' for 10 ('xx' for 20, etc.) and consistently using 'C' for 100: [1]-C79 (i.e. 179), skipping a leaf after fol. C18, omitting fol. 126, and skipping from C60-C70; fols. 1, 119–125, 161–171 (re)foliated in modern pencil


25 lines, in 1 column


Good rounded late caroline.


Red initials.


Sewn on four cords and bound in three-quarter brown leather and brown paper over pasteboards


Origin: 12th century ; Italian, Padua (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

An erased ownership inscription, perhaps 13th-cent., in the upper margin of fol. 1r was read using UV light by N. R. Ker in 1943 as 'Iste liber est sancti Jacobi de pentecursus de padua'

Item 308 in a bookseller's catalogue, priced £15 15s.

The upper pastedown inscribed in a late 19th- or early 20th-cent (?)French hand.

Sotheby's, 4 April, 1939, lot 267, bought by Maggs for £4 10s.

Maggs Bros., with their acquisition note and price-code on the lower pastedown.

Inscribed 'N. R. Ker, 1942' on the upper pastedown; given by him, 1975. Formerly Dep. c. 297.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.