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

MS. Selden Supra 57

Summary Catalogue no.: 3445


Jean de Meung, Testament
Language(s): French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine miniatures (some defaced).

Fine border.

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 597, pl. XLV)


Limp parchment (16th cent.) with arms, a tree proper between two griffins segreant supporting the stem, crest a demi-lion holding a serpent in its sinister paw, motto 'BART. SYLVA. SUBIT. ASPERA'.


Origin: 1348 ; French, Paris

Provenance and Acquisition

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 (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (46 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.