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


Gregory IX, Decretals

With the Glossa Ordinaria in its final form. There are additional glosses in more than one hand. At the end of the volume (fol. 488) is a table of incipits of chapters, beginning imperfect at II.28.49, and an alphabetical subject index is added on fol.490, concluding with the date 1475.

Language(s): Latin
Alexander IV, Constitutiones
Rubric: Nove constituciones Alexandri IIIIor pape
Incipit: Cum per illam generalem clausulam quidam alii
Explicit: per locorum ordinaries compescantur

As listed by J. F. von Schulte, Wiener Sitsungsber. LV (1867) p.712, but in a different order

Language(s): Latin
Nicholas III, Constitutiones
Rubric: Constituciones Nicholay tercii
Incipit: Cupientes ecclesiarum vacacionibus
Explicit: non tenori. Nulli ergo etc.

Listed in a different order by Schulte, ibid. pp.719–722

Language(s): Latin
Johannes de Deo, Arbor versificata de consanguinitate
Rubric: Incipit commentum arboris consanguinitatis per compendium versificatum a magistro Jo⟨anne⟩ de Deo sacerdote Hispano
Incipit: Cum circa computacionem arboris

Cf. Walther, Alphab. Verseichnis, no.10968.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (text) G. episcopus
Secundo Folio: (gloss) est agendum
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 500 pages
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 95 × 80 mm.
(gloss 140, length varying)


1(12)(+1 added at beginning), 2(12)-40(12), 41(10) (wants 7–10) catchwords


2 cols., 27 lines (text); 3 cols. (fol.481–487v)


Good historiated initials. (P&A i. 580)

Illuminated initials on fol.2, 126, 230, 340v, 378, the rest flourished red and blue


blind stamped black leather over oak boards tooled with scrolls lettered ‘Mathias.’ Brass bosses, corner pieces and clasps with straps. Rebacked. For a list of books bound by Mathias see E. Kyriss, Verzierte Gotische Einbände, Stuttgart, 1951, pp. 44–5.


Origin: 14th century, beginning ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Ex libris of the Cathedral of Olmütz, Moravia, 17th century: ‘Ex Biblioth. Cathed. Eccl[esi]ce Olem’ (fol. 1). Another Olmütz book is Auct. Q. supra II.21.

Joseph Barrois, 1784–1855

Bertram, 4th Earl of Ashburnham, 1797–1878, acquired with the Barrois manuscripts in 1849.

Bertram, 5th Earl of Ashburnham, 1840–1913

Barrois-Ashburnham sale, Sotheby's 10 June 1901 and four following days, lot 247, bought by Tregaskis for £7 15s.

George Dunn (1864–1912), his sale, First Portion, at Sotheby's 11 Feb. 1913 and three following days, lot 497, bought by Leighton for £20

E. P. Goldschmidt, by 1928 (described in his Gothic and Renaissance Bookbindings, London 1928, I. 155.)

Bought, 1960.

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.