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

MS. Barlow 6

Summary Catalogue no.: 6418

Contents

John of Salisbury, Polycraticus

Contemporary marginalia.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 209 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 240 mm.

Layout

2 cols., 39–40 lines, column space 243–50 × 65 mm.

Decoration

Fine historiated and other initials, added in the second quarter of the 13th century. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 368, pl. XXXII)

Illuminated initials (some historiated), coloured initials, rubrics.

History

Origin: 1187 × 1205; decoration added, 13th century, second quarter ; English, Malmesbury, Benedictine Abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Written at Malmesbury Abbey by Salomon under Abbot Robert of Meldon (1187–1205); inscription, fol. 209: ‘Explicit Policraticus per Salomonem sub Abbate Roberto .iiº’.

Fol. 142r-v: ‘Thomas Lonwell’ or ‘Lonewell’. 16th century (?).

Fol. 209 : ‘Richardus Ramsaeus possidet’, mid-16th century.

Fol. 209v: ‘Wyllyam Fyttz’, mid-16th century.

Thomas Barlow, 1607–1691: acquired 1633, inscription fol. 1.

Bequeathed by him in 1691.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 65 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 368 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1937) [contents, provenance]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-24: Fully revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.