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

MS. Lyell 10


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Up to fol. 287 (Ezekiel) beginnings of Books and Prefaces have painted floriated initials (sometimes with borders) in blue, pink, orange-brown, and yellow, generally on pink grounds, sometimes incorporating monsters (fols. 1r, 107v), birds (fol. 84r, 95v, 183r), monsters' heads (fols. 22v, 47v, 93v, 162v, 170v, 174r, 192v); there is another painted initial on fol. 440r; other initials are red and blue with fine pen flourishes in the same colours, or red flourished in blue or blue in red, often with elaborate bicoloured trails of penwork in the margins. (P&A iii. 455)


Origin: 13th century, third quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

James P. R. Lyell, 1871-1948

Chosen as one of the hundred manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian by Lyell in 1948.

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on A. de la Mare, Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts Bequeathed to the Bodleian Library Oxford by James P. R. Lyell (1971)