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

MS. Lyell 20


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fol. 1, on gold ground, initial in blue filled with sprouting interlacing foliage in blue, red, and orange, all decorated in white, joined to a bar border on three sides with clusters and sprays of foliage in the same colours. There are some touches of pale green. Similar initials and border on fols. 3r, 34v, 53v, 74v, 99r, 142r, 159v. Other initals in blue, skilfully flourished in red. (P&A iii. 864)


Origin: 15th century, early (after 1415) ; English, Oxford (?)

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)