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

MS. Lat. th. d. 43

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


Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones per annum,

for the first half of the Church year

Language(s): Latin
Ps.-Bernard, De contemplatione
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + 146 + i (paper) + ii (two small slips of paper, glued to the lower pastedown)
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 200 × 125 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil, i, 1–149


31 lines, in 1 columns


Good rounded gothic hand


Red and green initials with penwork.


Sewn on four bands, and bound in reddish brown leather over pasteboards; the covers with simple blind-tooled fillets; the spine inscribed in ink which has corroded the leather 'S. Bernard. | Sermon[ ] | Lib. de Con[t.]'; and with the remains of two paper labels (cf. MS. lat. th. ....)


Origin: 12th century, late - 13th century, early ; Italian, Morimondo (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Cistercian monastery of Morimondo, Pavia, on the evidence of the binding

Paolo Giovio (?) (1483–1552)

Bought at Christie's 17 Nov. 1976, lot 371.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.