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

MS. Bodl. 239

Summary Catalogue no.: 2244


Isidore, Etymologiae
Explicit: Explicit liber vicesimus Ethymologiarum beati Ysidori episcopi

The complete treatise with four letters from Isidore to Braulio and two from Braulio, by way of preface

Fols ii-iv contain the latter part (R-Z) of a 15th century index of subjects to the Etymologiae

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v + 142
Dimensions (binding): 15 × 11.125 in.


Stained and injured at each end by damp


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander i. 465

Good initials


Plain white sheepskin (c. 1602) over older sewing and boards


Origin: 12th century, beginning ; France, Normandy

Provenance and Acquisition

Exeter, Devon, Cathedral church of St Peter (MLGB3)

This volume belonged to the Exeter Cathedral Library, and appears in the inventory of 1506, but is not in the list of manuscripts presented by the Dean and chapter in 1602. It was, however, almost certainly acquired not later than 1602

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-09: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)