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Latin manuscript in five parts, written in the 13th-14th cent.

MS. Douce 88
Held at the Weston Library

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Made up of five MSS, comprising:

  1. (early 14th cent., written in England) (fol. 1) A calendar from some liturgical volume, with Nov. and Dec. mutilated. At Oct. 1 is added 'Obitus domini Thome de Whatton quondam rector [sic] ecclesie de Speldhist [co. Kent] anno regni regis Edwardi tercij a Conquestu Xo et litera dominicalis F', i.e. A.D. 1336. Owned by 'Bartholomewe Salmon' in the 16th cent. (fol. 2): pp. 1-12 of a former volume
  2. (13th cent., written in England) (fol. 5) 'Hic incipit Bestiarium de naturis animalium, & primo de Leone': beg. 'Bestiarium vocabulum proprie convenit': with many curious illustrations: ends 'in filios inobediencie debachatur': pp. 132-205 of a volume, but a leaf is lost after fol. 28: see also fol. 121v. At fols. 30b, 32v are two short histories of the Cross: begg. 'Qualiter Adam et Eua ... Post peccatum Ade' and 'Mirabiliter cepit oriri': the 2nd piece ends (imperfect) 'mulieribus illuc aduenientibus': pp. '203' - 211: preceded by a full-page miniature of the expulsion from Paradise
  3. (13th cent., written in England, in double columns). 4 (fol. 34). The Opus Parabolarum of Odo de Cerinton or Cheriton: prol. beg. 'Beatus Basilius' or 'Aperiam in parabolis': text beg. 'Venerunt ligna ut ungerent': added rubric at end 'Explicit tractatus de Basilio beato.'At fol. 48v part of a treatise on the Seven deadly sins follows: beg. 'Dicatur omnibus parochianis': fol. 50 is a single leaf of the 13th cent. containing a history of St. Mary Magdalene: beg. 'Narrat Ioseph quod Maria.' Pp. 212-43, 246-7
  4. (13th cent.)(fol. 51) A treatise on the care of horses: in 39 chapters: beg. 'Solet repleri seruus': with miniature. Pp. 248 - 287
  5. (13th cent.) (fol. 68) A treatise of monsters and portents, beg. 'Cum uoluntas conditoris', with many curious illustrations: followed by 'De septem mirabilibus mundi' (fol. 115v), excerpts from the Polycraticus of John of Salisbury (fol. 116v) and other small pieces, chiefly theological: at fol. 138 is the Vaticinia de pontificibus Romanis of Joachimus abbas, with illustrations: and at fol. 146v some Latin- French and French Latin vocabularies.


  • Creation: written in the 13th-14th cent.


165 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French


MS. Douce 88

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 21662

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

Physical Facet

On paper, illuminated


8 1/2 × 6 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom