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

MS. Tanner 190

Summary Catalogue no.: 10016


Marino Sanudo, Secreta fidelium Crucis
Rubric: Incipiunt secreta facta propter conservacionem fidelium quam propter conversionem seu consumptionem infidelium quamque etiam ad acquirendam et tuendam terram sanctam et alias multas terras, Deo dante, in bono statu pacifico et quieto.
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 210 leaves, large quarto


2 cols.


One of a group of manuscripts of this text with similar illustrations mostly produced in the same workshop; cf. Brussels, Bibl. Royale, MSS. 9404-5 and 9347-8, and Venice, Marciana, Lat. Z. 547 (1924) (Pächt and Alexander ii. 118, pl. XI)

Fine miniatures.

Fine maps.

Fine historiated borders.

Fine historiated initials.


15th-century English binding, blind-tooled in calf, by the 'Scales' binder (N. Barker, 'A register of writs and the Scales binder', The Book Collector 21 (1972), 227-244, 356-79, no. 17 (p. 376)); rebacked, 17th century.


Origin: c. 1321–1324 ; Italian, Venice

Provenance and Acquisition

Presentation copy for Robert VII, count of Auvergne.

Charles V and Charles VI of France: identifiable in inventories (Barker, 'Scales binder', 363).

Brought to England after the dispersal of the French royal library in 1425; bound in London by the Scales binder.

Thomas Tanner, 1674–1735

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian in 1735.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Nov. 2022) from the following sources, with reference to published literature as cited.
A. Hackman, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars quarta codices viri admodum reverendi Thomæ Tanneri, S.T.P., episcopi Asaphensis, complectens, Quarto Catalogues IV, repr. 1966, with corrections, from the ed. of 1860
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 118

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (17 images)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)
Digital Bodleian (35 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 706

Last Substantive Revision

2022-11: Revised to include additional information from printed catalogues and reference Barker article.