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

MS. Lat. th. f. 19

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

Theological collection; English, c. 1300–50


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of theological pieces, perhaps put together by the scribe, frater Johannes Wysbeche

Language(s): Latin

a. (fol.1)
Richard the Premonstratensian, De canone missae

Beg. and end imperfect; pr. Migne, PL, 177, cols. 455–70, starting at col. 460c, 'numerari in grege'. The last section, beginning 'Ter datur spiritus sanctus ...' differs from ch. X of the pr. text.

Language(s): Latin
b. (fol.9)
Bernardus Silvestris, Experimentarius

Part of the second version, including sections 11, 12, 17–28 of the text as given in MS. Ashmole 342, fol.10 (cf. L. Thorndike, History of Magic II, pp.113, 4 and 122).

Incipit: Sompnia vidisti
Explicit: hoc tibi det deus amen
Language(s): Latin
c. (fol.16)
Psalter of the Virgin

As pr. Anal. Hymn. xxxv.1, pp.189 with the prologue (part pr. Mone, Lat. Hymnen d. Mitt, II, p.245)

Incipit: Suscipe regina celi que mente benigna
Explicit: caret simul et tedio III.28 ||
Language(s): Latin
d(i). (fol.20)
Petrus Comestor, Historia scholastica

Compilation from: preface to ‘secunda tutior, tertia suavior’, text to ‘coeva sunt mundus et tempus’ (P.L. 198, col.1056A.7), followed without division by the following article.

Language(s): Latin
d(ii). (fol.20v)
De arbore crucis

Brief account of the Days of Creation and the Fall which introduces the History of the wood of the cross, pr. W. Meyer, Abhandl. der Phil.-Philolog. Klasse d. Königl. Bayerisch. Akad. 16.2 (1882) pp.131–149

Incipit: Adam vero expulso de paradiso
Explicit: factus est obediens usque ad mortem. Cui est laus honor et imperium in sec. sec. Amen.

There is no division in the MS. between items d(i) and d(ii)

Language(s): Latin
e. (fol.24)
'Sunday Letter' (Letter of Christ concerning Sunday)

In a version different from those printed by P. Delehaye, Académie Royale de Belgique, Bulletin de la Classe des Lettres, 1899, pp.171–213, and R. Priebach, Otia Merseiana I (1899) pp.129–147, Letter from Heaven, Oxford, 1936.

Incipit: Mandatum sancte dominice diei quod de celo venit in ierusalem
Explicit: Quia ego dominus horum in ira requisitor sum
Language(s): Latin
f. (fol.26)
Sermon or treatise on the three abodes of the soul
Incipit: Infirmitati mortalium operis
Explicit: Justus enim in primis||
Language(s): Latin
g. (fol.28)
Treatise for the use of confessors

Beg. and ends imperf. The first complete chapter is ‘De sacramento fidelitatis’, beg: Qui sacramentum fidelitatis.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 49 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 140 × 105 mm.
Dimensions (written): 110–20 × 75–80 mm.


1(10) (wants 1 and 2), 2(10) (wants 2, 3 and 10), 3 four leaves, 4(10) (wants 9), 5(8) (wants 1), 6(8), 7(8) (wants 6–8)


26–33 long lines


Written by fr. Johannes Wysbeche (fol. 24)


Initials. (P&A iii. 620)

Many initials in blue, red and gold


modern binding.


Origin: 14th century, first half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'LIBER FRATRIS IOHANNIS WYSBECHE ' in the hand of the scribe (fol. 24r)

F. C. Brooke

Bought, 1957.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff, revised in part (description of item (a), and provenance) by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.