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

MS. Arch. Selden. B. 16

Summary Catalogue no.: 3362


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Initials. Fols. 1r-73r col. I line 14 and 135r-222v written by William of Malmesbury in 1129. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 93)


Origin: 1129 ; English, Malmesbury

Provenance and Acquisition

Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Benedictine Abbey of St Mary the Virgin and St Aldhelm: Partly in a hand which occurs in Malmesbury MSS. and has been identified as that of Wm. of Malmesbury: Cambridge, U.L., Ii.3.20, Cambridge, CCC, 330, Trinity Coll. 1301, Lambeth Palace 224, Bodleian, Arch. Seld. B.16, Auct. F.3.14, Lincoln Coll., lat. 100, Magdalen Coll., lat. 172, Merton Coll. 181, fol. 230 (binding leaf); Oriel Coll. 42 contain writing in a hand identified as that of William of Malmesbury; for nos. 3–7 cf. N.R. Ker in E.H.R. 59 (1944), pp. 371–76. Cf. Stubbs, Gesta Regum, RS 1, pp. cxxxi ff. (MLGB3: evidence from the style of script or illumination).

Hand of fols. 73ra/15–134v occurs in Merton 181 q. v.; arrow g's, fols. 109v, 110v, 134r. (MLGB3)

John Selden, 1584–1654

Acquired by the Bodleian in 1659

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Summary Catalogue and supplementary sources.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (13 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.