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

MS. Auct. T. 1. 23

Summary Catalogue no.: 20630


Language(s): Latin

Orosius, Historia adversus paganos

Preceded by argumentum and prefatory letter to bp. Augustinus.

(fol. 206v)
Rubric: Nomina ciuitatum Gallię
Incipit: In Italia. Roma. Rauenna
Incipit: Prima Prouincia Lugdunensis habet ciuitates numero v
(fol. 207v)
Rubric: Fulconi scolastico humilis frater Stephanus
Incipit: Questiones quas magnitudo uestra

A letter on theological questions.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 208 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 195 mm.


1 col., 25–6 lines, written space 215 × 135 mm.


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 438, pl. XXXVI)

Colour-washed interlace initials, coloured initials, rubrics.


Origin: 11th century, third quarter (c. 1048 × 1078) ; French, Metz, Benedictine abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Written at the Benedictine abbey of St Vincent by Ulricus and Rodulfus under Abbot Folquin, c. 1048–78 (inscription, fol. 1).

Paris, Jesuit college of Clermont: inscription, fol. 1, 18th century.

Clermont sale catalogue, 1764, no. 639.

Purchased by Gerard Meerman, 1722–1771.

His son, Jan Meerman, 1753–1815.

His sale, 1824, lot 52; purchased by the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 63 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, I (1966), no. 438 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1897) [contents, provenance]

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-24: Fully revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.