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

MS. Lat. th. d. 46

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


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 1r-26v)
Augustine, Soliloquia (pr. PL 32:869–904)
Rubric: Incipiunt Sancti Augustini Soliloquiorum Libri duo
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 26v-35v)
Augustine, De immortalitate animae
Incipit: (prologue) Post libros soliloquiorum iam de agro mediolanium
Rubric: Incipit liber de immortalitate anime
Incipit: (text) Si alicubi est

The text corresponds to the pr. ed. only as far as fol. 30v l. 23: PL 32: 1021–6.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 35v-56r)
Augustine, De ordine rerum (extracts)
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 56r-59v)
Anselm of Canterbury (?), Libellus honeste vitae (pr. Liverani, 1863–4, 564–9)
Language(s): Latin
(fols. 61r-88v)
Augustine, De animae quantitate

In the form of a dialogue between Augustine and Adeodatus, lacking the last leaf (pr. PL 32: 1035, the MS. breaking off imperfect at 32: 1078)

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 89r-101r)
Ps.-Augustine, Adversus quinque hereses,

starting imperfect (pr. PL 52: 1101(MS. starts at l. 21)-1116

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 102v)
Martin of Braga, Formula honestae vitae (prologue, addressed to Miro, king of Galicia)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 195 × 120 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil, 1–103



31 (occasionally 30) lines, above top line; in 1 column


Apparently by a single Winchcombe scribe throughout


Contemporary binding. Sewn on three split tawed leather thongs, which enter the bevelled wood boards through their outer face, run along channels in their inner face, and are attached with wood pegs; the boards covered with rough white leather, with a single clasp, closing from fron to lower cover; the lower cover with a rectangular parchment title-piece, attached with nine nails under a sheet of translucent horn (somewhat damaged), inscribed in neat gothic script 'In hoc volumine continentur multa par|va opera sancti augustini quod quidem volu|men pertinet ad wincelcombense | monasterium'; a rectangular recess with nail-hole near the bottom of the fore-edge on the inner face of the upper board, may be evidence of a chain-staple, or of re-use of the board. Boxed.


Origin: 12th century, second quarter ; English, Winchcombe Abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Written at Winchcombe Abbey, with an ex-libris inscription

Cope family, Bramshill, Hants., by 1772 (listed in the library catalogue, Bodleian, MS. Eng. misc. c. 307, page 150, item 7)

Sir Anthony Cope, Bt., his sale, Sotheby's 4 March 1913, lot 9, bought by Leighton for £7 5s.

Sir Robert Leicester Harmsworth (1870–1937)

Harmsworth Trust sale at Sotheby's, 15 Oct. 1945, lot 1895, bought by Maggs for £360

Mrs. J. H. Dent-Brocklehurst, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire

Given to the Gloucester Diocesan Trust, and sold for their benefit at Sotheby's 11 Dec. 1979, lot 46, bought by Quaritch for the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.