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

MS. Lat. th. f. 23

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


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (paper) + 110 + ii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 133 × 110 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 105–10 × 60–5 mm.
Foliation: The main text with medieval foliation in arabic numerals, 2–110 (the first original leaf is missing); the endleaves are foliated in modern pencil, i-ii, 1, and 111–112


27 lines, in 1 column


Cursive script


Sewn on five cords, and bound in (?)late-19th-century (?)French plain parchment over stiff pasteboards, the covers tooled with simple panels in gilt; the spine with gilt foliate ornament and a brown leather title piece lettered in gilt 'BONAVENTURA | MS. 1405.'; marbled endpapers; the edges of the leaves gilt; a rust-stain at the upper edge of fol. 1 may have been caused by a chain attachment.


Origin: 1405 ; French, Paris/Soissons

Provenance and Acquisition

Signed, dated, colophon: 'Explicit breuiloquium de fide catholica. editum a bonauentura cordigero. exellenti doctore: scriptum a fratre andrea de vaylico suessionum diocesis. anno domini MCCCCV. finitum mense ianuario. pro fratre henrico pistoris plebano et bachalario in sacra pagina: canonico ecclesie sanctissimi victoris martiris parisiensis:', followed by a distinctive notarial(?) mark, also used with each catchword; the scribe also wrote BnF, ms. lat. 14537, in 1394–5; Henri Pistor was prior of St.-Victor in the early 15th century; 'K.8' (fol. iiir) is the pressmark of St.-Victor; the table of contents (fol. iiiv) is in the hand of Claude de Grandrue (cf. L. Delisle, Cabinet des manuscrits, II: 228–31); 'E.g.14' (fol. 2r) is another St.-Victor shelfmark, assigned by Le Tonnellier, c.1675

Charles W. Reynell, by descent to his great-nephew, C. H. Reynell, of Memphis, Tenessee, his sale at Sotheby's 26 July 1937 lot 153

Bought by Maggs for 50 shillings, with their acquisition note and price-code on fol. 112r: 'S[otheby's]/7/7 [sic]', and 'aoso'; Maggs, cat. 713 (1942) no. 391; Maggs, cat. 713 (1942) no. 391

Given by N. R. Ker, 1975. Formerly Dep. f. 29.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.