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A French verse version of the De Infantia Salvatoris and of the Apocalypse, Written about A.D. 1300 in England

MS. Selden Supra 38
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request
  1. Fol. 1, at end: 'Ci est fine du enfancie de Nostre Seignour', a later title; a French verse version of the De Infantia Salvatoris: beg. 'Dire uoil ci e retrere . chose ke vus en deit plere', with many illustrations, on a plain background coloured red and blue. The writer of the above title, and owner of the book, was 'Jehan Raynsford' 'de Tew Magna' (16th cent.; apparently owned also by Johanna Raynsford); but before him it had belonged to 'domina Johanna de Bischopusdon' (Bishopstone?). A 16th cent. hand has interlineated fol. 36v with a short account of the treatise in English. [Edited by E. W. Gast, Die beiden Redaktionen des Évangile de l'Enfance ..., Greifswald, 1909. Cr.]
  2. Fol. 37, A French prose version of the Apocalypse with prologue and gloss, with 60 illustrations on diapered, gold or other background: beg. 'Sein Pol li apostle dist qe touz iceus qe voilent piement viure': a specimen passage from fols. 39v-41v is printed L. Delisle's L'Apocalypse en français au xiiie siècle, Introd., p. cclxviii (Soc. des Anciens Textes français, 1901); eight leaves are wanting.

See above.


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1300 in England


133 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Selden Supra 38


Old Selden mark = 38

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. II, no. 3426

Custodial History

Manuscript 3441 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment; imperfect, with many miniatures, illuminated capitals, etc.


8 3/8 × 6 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom