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

MS. Lat. th. d. 41

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


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + 84 + ii (paper, the second perhaps once a pastedown)
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 215–20 × 135–40 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil, i, 1–86



31 lines, in 2 columns


Fine rounded romanesque caroline


Coloured initials with penwork.

Sketch of uncertain date on the lower pastedown


Sewn on three split straps attached to the outer faces of the wood boards with nails, very slighly bevelled at the edges between the corners, and with recesses for a pair of clasps at the fore-edge of the lower-board; covered in reddish-brown leather; the spine inscribed in grey-blue ink 'V. Bed[æ] | Expos. in | Epist. Can.'; the edges of the leaves red; the lower board with the remains of a paper pastedown earlier than the present leather covering, with various inscriptions including 12 lines in a 16th-cent. Italian hand 'Nel [a]nno 1559 al'(?) 13 d[i] Aprille ... de Benedetto ... de bonis(?) de Bexozo ...'


Origin: 12th century, late - 13th century, early ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Ex-libris of the Cistercian monastery of Chiaravalle della Colomba, near Piacenza, 'Liber sancte Maria de Columba' (fol. 84v)

Paolo Giovio (?) (1483–1552)

Bought at Christie's 17 Nov. 1976, lot 369.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.