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

MS. Lat. th. d. 39

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


Iohannes de Burgo, Pupilla oculi
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 158 + 2 (paper) + 61
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 165 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 160 × 110 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-iv, 1–218



41 lines, in 2 columns


Fine gothic with secreatry features


First initial in gold with pen ornamentation; other initials in blue with penwork in red.


Sewn on five cords and bound in (?)17th-cent. brown polished leather over pastboards, each cover framed by simple blind and gilt fillets; rebacked; the spine almost completely missing; traces of two pairs of green silk ties at the fore-edge; the edges of the leaves speckled red


Origin: 15th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Inscribed on the lower pastedown, 15th-cent.: 'Iste liber Constat Johannes Ellys | Parsona ecclesie de Thurnsekegh'' and 'Iste liber constat | Dominus Iohannes Ellys rector | ecclesie de Thurnsekegh'; the lower pastedown also inscribed 'Robert Hournewell'(??).

Some missing leaves replaced with paper leaves written in a (?)16th-cent. English hand.

'W Stevenson', signed in an 18th-cent. hand (fol. ir).

Maggs, Cat. 687, no. 173, priced £31 10s (this number and price in pencil on the upper pastedown; a cutting from the catalogue glued to fol. ir).

J. P. R. Lyell, with his bookplate on fol. ir, and his acquisition note and price-code in pencil on the upper pastedown 'M[aggs] | 28/5/43 | A.V.V.'; bequeathed to N. R. Ker (see Lyell Cat., p. xxvii).

Deposited by Ker at the Bodleain (formerly referenced as Dep. d. 240).

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.