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

MS. Rawl. C. 400

Summary Catalogue no.: 12254


Pontifical, Use of Sarum

Endleaves now kept as MS. Rawl. C. 400*.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 585)


Origin: between 1315 and 1329 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Salisbury, Wiltshire, Cathedral church of St Mary the Virgin; see removed from Sherborne in 1078: 'Hunc librum legavit dominus Rogerus de Martivall Saresbirien. episcopus ecclesie cathedrali beate Marie Saresbirien ita quod loci episcopus qui pro tempore fuerit habeat usum eius si illlum habere voluerit, cui tradatur per bonam memorandam, proprietate ipsius penes dictum ecclesiam remanente. Et mortuo quolibet episcopo loci qui eius usum habuerit dicte ecclesie fideliter restituatur' (fol. 1r, at foot). (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

George Harbin 1715. (MLGB3)

Roger Mortival, Bp. 1315–1330. (MLGB3)

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1755

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Quarto Catalogue (W. D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ...viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum...complectens, Quarto Catalogues V, 5 fascicles, 1862–1900). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).


    Online resources:

    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), addenda, no. 8
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 7

Last Substantive Revision

2022-06: Revised date with reference to Watson.