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

MS. Lat. th. e. 47

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


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper (fol. 1–119); paper, with parchment as the outer bifolium of each quire (fol. 120–181)
Extent: i (paper) + 181 + i (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 210–5 × 140–5 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 150–5 × 100–5 mm.


I-III12 (fol. 1–36) | IV-X12 (fol. 37–119) | XI-XIV12 (fol. 120–167), XV14 (fol. 168–181)


31–3 lines (frame-ruled, written above top line); in 2 columns




Plain red initials.


Sewn on four split(?) straps, entering the wood boards through their outer face, and passing along channels in the inner face, and pegged; the boards with cushioned edges; covered with polished brown leather, blind-tooled with a simple lattice and panel design, and a small circular punch; traces of two original clasps at the fore-edge, and remains of a later (18th/19th-century) single clasp at the centre of the fore-edge; restored and re-backed


Origin: 15th century (1453, 1457) ; Flemish (?), Ghent (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Original (?) pressmark, 'K 1' (fol. 1r)

Augustus Frederick (1773–1843), Duke of Sussex , 6th son of George III, with his bookplate inscribed with the shelfmark 'VI | H. i. y', perhaps the MS. described in Thomas Joseph Pettigrew Bibliotheca Sussexiana. A Descriptive Catalogue, accompanied by Historical and Biographical Notices, of the Manuscripts and Printed Books contained in the Library of His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, K.G., D.C.L., &c. &c. &c. &c. in Kensington Palace, London, 1827, vol. I, pt. I, no. 87, pp. cli-clii [Bod. 259 d. 40], his sale, part II, by Evans, 31 July 1844 and three following days, perhaps lot 32 [Bod. Mus. bibl. III 8o 483a]

Various 19th- and 20th-century booksellers' cuttings, including one Maggs, c.1940

Henderson (bookplate with motto 'Sola virtus nobilitat')

Given by N. R. Ker , 1975. Formerly Dep. e. 93.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.