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

MS. Lat. th. d. 44

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


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v (loose paper leaves, stored separtely) + i (paper) + 121 + i (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 255 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 185 × 120–5 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil, i-v (loose leaves, stored separately), I-II, 1–121 (a partial pencil foliation in the lower right corner, probably by Christie's, is one in advance of the full foliation)


I8+1 (1st leaf is an extra flyleaf), II-XIII8 (fols. 9–104) | XIV8 (fols. 105–112) | XV8 (3rd & 6th leaves, fols. 115 & 118, are singletons (fols. 113–120)


28 lines, in 2 columns


Gothic bookhands (change of hand at fol. 25r in col. a)


Red initials, some with penwork.


Sewn on four bands, and bound in reddish-brown leather over pasteboards; the covers tooled with simple blind fillets, the spine inscribed in corrosive ink 'S. BERN. | SER[M...?]', and with the remains of two paper labels, the upper one inscribed '56 [or S0?]', the lower one with and indecipherable ?number; rust stains and holes in the first few leaves are probably evidence of a former binding with two clasps and five bosses


Origin: 12th century - 13th century ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Ex-libris of Morimondo , 15th century /16th century: 'Liber sancte Marie de Morimundo.N.LXXXXI' (fol. IIv)

Paolo Giovio (?) (1483–1552)

Bought at Christie's, 17 Nov. 1976, lot 372.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.