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

MS. Laud Misc. 165

Summary Catalogue no.: 1562


William of Nottingham OFM (d. c. 1336), Commentary on Unum ex quattuor

Stegmüller, Bibl. 3002

Followed by:

Gospel list (Use of Sarum)

Temporale (fol. 585v); common of the dedication and reconciliation (fol. 587ra); sanctorale (fol. 587ra), ending abruptly after the feast of St. Denys and companions (9 Oct.).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 465 × 310 mm.


Gospel list: 2 columns of 53 lines, 310 × 185 mm.


Partly written for himself by James le Palmer (perhaps to be identified with an Exchequer clerk, d. 1375), fol. 595.


By four hands: (A) fol. 5; (B) fols. 13–238v; (C) fols. 239–78v, 457–72, 489–96, 570-end; (D) fols. 279–456v, 473–88, 497–569. Hands A, C, D related to the early hands of the Carmelite Missal (BL Additional MS 29704–5). The main artist also that of the Omne Bonum, B.L. MS. Royal 6.E.vi-vii. Pächt and Alexander iii. 739, pl. LXXIII:

Some fine, many good miniatures.

Some fine, many good borders.

Some fine, many good historiated initials.

Some fine, many good other initials.


Origin: c. 1350-before 1375, 1380s and 1396–1414 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

James le Palmer, fol. 595.

Thomas Arundel, archbishop of Canterbury (1396–1414), represented with his arms on fol. 5. Fols. 5–12 with table of contents an addition compiled by archbishop Arundel's chaplain and clerk (after 1396).

Given by him to Christ Church, Canterbury.

Record Sources

S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957) [for fols. 585–7]; updated from Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography). Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (191 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.