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Two poems by Thomas Occleve, written in the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 158
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 1) 'Diologus inter patrem & filium', otherwise known as Consolation offered by an old man: beg. 'M[usyn]g vpon the restles bisynesse.' This is of the nature of a prologue to the next article
  2. (fol. 36) 'De principum regimine', based largely on Aegidius de Columnar's work with that title: with prologue and (at end) 'Verba compilatoris ad librum', all in English verse.

A tracing of a miniature of Occleve presenting his book, from Brit. Mus. MS. Royal 17 D. vi, is at fol. iiiv. Fol. 1 is mutilated.


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent.


101 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 158

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 21732

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated border, capitals, etc.


10 1/4 × 7 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom