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Two parchment leaves bearing two fragments of an English metrical translation of the romance of Apollonius king of Tyre containing together about 140 lines, written in the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 216
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

The first piece ends '[Str]angulion my doubter ytok . & deuyse that hys hys wyf': the second ends 'The blysse of heuene dwelle. amen por charite. [Ex]plicit Appollonius Tyrus rex nobilis & virtuosus' etc. The whole fragment is printed in J. O. Halliwell's New Boke about Shakespeare (Lond., for private circulation, 1850), p. 2. At fol. 15 is a letter from S. W. Singer sending the fragments to Douce, Jan. 7, 1830. Fols. 1-14, 19-end are blank paper.


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent.


32 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 216

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 21790

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

Custodial History

A note by dr. Farmer is on fol. 1v, and he may have owned the book.

Physical Facet

On parchment, discoloured and not quite perfect


12 1/2 × 8 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom