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

MS. Bodl. 283

Summary Catalogue no.: 2338


Mirroure of the Worlde (ed. from this the unique MS. by R. Raymo and E. Whitaker, The Mirroure of the Worlde (Medieval Academy/University of Toronto Press, 2003)
Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper


Written in England. Fine borders, initials (English). (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1082, pl. CI) Fine pen drawings (Flemish). (Pächt and Alexander i. 222, pl. XVI). Three artists including the Caxton Master.


Red leather on boards, with remains of clasps, 15th cent. English work, much worn.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; English (script, decoration) ; Netherlandish (decoration)

Provenance and Acquisition

'This boke oweth Thomas Kippyng of London draper', about A.D. 1500: see also fol. 83).

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

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (34 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.