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A medley of recipes, for medicine, arboriculture, writing and illumination, chiefly in English, written in the close of the 15th and in the 16th cent.

MS. Douce 54
Held at the Weston Library

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Up to fol. 45 the writing is of the close of the 15th cent. partly written by Thomas: 'finis quod Thomas' on fol. 45v: afterwards of the 16th cent.

One recipe is 'probatum per Rogerum Apleton', at fol. 10. Among these are found:

  1. (fol. 1) 'Copia epistole misse a Deo in Ierusalem pro custodia Dominice diei', beg. 'Ego Dominus qui precepi vobis', with an account of its finding and preservation
  2. (fol. 4) 'Optima de rege Arthuro fabula', beg. 'Contigit de nobili Rege', followed by some prayers (fol. 6v, cf. 35)
  3. (fol. 36v) 'Horribilis quedam visio discriptationis inter corpus mortuum et animam damnatam', in Latin rhythmical verse, beg. 'Noctis sub silentio tempore brumali'
  4. (fol. 43v) 'Amonitio notabilis in persona damnati, a similar poem, beg. 'O vos omnes qui transitis'
  5. (fol. 45) 'Versus Brunonis Carthusican[i] de Morte', in elegiacs, beg. 'Mortales Dominus cunctos'
  6. (fol. 45v) in the later hand: The Lord's Prayer in six tabellae, in Latin and English.

A recipe in partial cipher, proved by 'S. P.', is on fol. 61v.

'Rychard Bettyson' (16th cent.) is on fol. 63v.


  • Creation: written in the close of the 15th and in the 16th cent.


86 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin


MS. Douce 54

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21628

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.


6 1/4 × 4 3/8 in.

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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