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

MS. Lat. th. d. 38

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


Petrus Riga, Aurora
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (paper) + 155 + ii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 245–50 × 175 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 185–90 × 70 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil, i-ii, 1–157


40 lines, in 1 column


Good gothic


Sewn on four bands and bound in uncoloured parchment over pasteboards, the covers each tooled in gilt with an outer framing filet, and an inner rectangle with a thistle-head motif at each corner; the spine lettered in gilt 'BIBLIA | SACRA | CARMIN'; a rust-stain an hole near the centre of the final original leaf is perhaps suggestive of the the position of a pin of a former strap and pin fastening


Origin: 13th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Erased inscriptons on fol. 155v

James Sotheby (d. 1720), signed and dated 1684 (fol. 1r)

C. W. H. Sotheby (with his bookplate, inscribed 'Biblia Sacra (in verse)')

H. G. Sotheby, of Ecton Hall

First deposited by, and then given to, the Bodleian by N. R. Ker, 1975. Formerly Dep. d. 238.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.