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

MS. Bodl. 217

Summary Catalogue no.: 2053


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Bede, Commentary on Mark
Rubric: Expositio uenerabilis Bedę presbiteri in Euangelium Marci

With prologue.

2. (fol. 98)
Bede, Commentary on Canonical Epistles
Rubric: uenerabilis Bedę presbiteri super. vii. Canonicas Epistolas

St. James (fol. 98), St. Peter (fols. 115v, 131), St. John (fols. 140v, 160, 161) and St. Jude (fol. 162)

Some theological notes are at fol. i (13th cent.?).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 165 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 14.125 × 10.5 in.


2 cols.


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 91)


Stamped brown leather on boards, early 17th cent. Oxford work.


Origin: c. 1120–1150 ; English, Canterbury, Christ Church

Provenance and Acquisition

Once in the library of Christ Church, Canterbury, no. 89 in M. R. James's Ancient Libraries of Canterbury, p. 26, and no. 120 at. p. 156.

Given by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Colfe in 1616.

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. 91 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-27: Description revised to include all information in SC.