A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. 183

Summary Catalogue no.: 2084


Language(s): English

1. (fol. 1)
New Testament (later Wycliffite version)

With prologues.

2. (fol. 185)
Old Testament (later Wycliffite version) (selection: Tobit to Esther and Proverbs to Ecclesiasticus)

Certain books of the Old Testament and Apocrypha read in the Lessons and Epistles, in Wycliffe's later version: Tobit* (fol. 185), Judith (fol. 192), Esther (fol. 201v), Proverbs (fol. 212), Ecclesiastes (fol. 230v), Song of Songs* (fol. 236v), Wisdom (fol. 239v), Ecclesiasticus* (fol. 252), all with prologues (of the earlier version slightly altered) except those marked with an asterisk.

A list of contents is at fol. 286, and fols. vi-xv are occupied by a 'Kalender of Lessons. Pistlis. & Gospels', 'aftir the vse of Salisbury', for Sundays, weekdays, commemorations and saints' days. The lower text and margins of fols. 89-93 are injured, and the margin only of fols. 111-120.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: xv + 287 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 12 × 8.625 in.


2 cols.


Fine borders

Fine initials.

Marginal drawings (catchwords). (P&A iii. 806, pl. LXXVIII)


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Robert Barker, the king's printer, in 1604.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 806 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (6 images from 35mm slides)


    Published descriptions:

    Elizabeth Solopova, Manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible in the Bodleian and Oxford College Libraries (Liverpool, 2016), cat. 2

Last Substantive Revision

2020-05-07: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.