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

MS. Bodl. 277

Summary Catalogue no.: 2124


Bible (later Wycliffite version, revised text)

Wanting many of the prologues: see Madden and Forshall's edition (vol. i, p. xlvii) for a fuller account. This MS. was collated throughout for that edition, and is the sole authority for this version of the 3rd book of Esdras (fol. 142v). The New Testament begins on fol. 302. One leaf, containing 3 Kings xxii. 11–4 Kings ii. 16, is wanting after fol. 106. The books are in general divided into paragraphs by marginal letters, and rather later liturgical notes occur throughout, indicating lections: those to be read in the refectory are at fols. 116, 135v, 159, 229v, 239v, 265v, 332, 332v, 333v, 371.

Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 378 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 16.625 × 11.5 in.


2 cols.


Fine borders.


Large woodcut of Henry VI, damaged, pasted in on fol. 376v. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 880, pl. LXXXIV)


Origin: c. 1415–30 ; English, London (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Henry VI (?)

Apparently given by him to the London Charterhouse. After an erased inscription on fol. 375 is written in a 16th cent. hand 'Hic liber erat quondam Henrici sexti, qui postea donabatur domui Cartusiensium quæ Londino contigua est', and this was clearly the substance of what has been erased above.

Presented by sir George More in 1604.

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 880 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (14 images from 35mm slides)
Digital Bodleian (1 image of woodcut)


    Published descriptions:

    Elizabeth Solopova, Manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible in the Bodleian and Oxford College Libraries (Liverpool, 2016), cat. 3
    Bod-Inc XYL-24 [pdf] (woodcut: description by Nigel Palmer and Andrew Honey)

    Online resources:

Last Substantive Revision

2020-06-16: Description revised to include all information in SC.