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

MS. Bodl. 287

Summary Catalogue no.: 2435


Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum historiale
Rubric: Incipit Speculum historiale fratris Vincentij'
Final rubric: Explicit prima pars Speculi hystorialis fratris Vincentij de Beluaco [at the end of Book IX]

Only contains the first fifteen books, but they are numbered as if there are sixteen, since the long introduction is counted as Book I. There are lists of chapters, and some notes

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 306r)
Chronicle of England (extract)
Incipit: Anglia modo dicta olim Albion dicebatur
Language(s): Latin
Apollonius of Tyre (extract, incomplete)
Incipit: Fuit quidam rex Anthiocus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v + 307 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 16.375 × 11.5 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 636

Fine penwork initials


Origin: 14th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Owned by Robert Hereward, canon of Exeter (canon between 3 December 1316 and March 1363, see J. M. Horn (ed.), John le Neve. Fasti ecclesiae anglicane 1300-1541 (London 1964), p. 25)

Exeter, Devon, Cathedral church of St Peter: "... ex legato Roberti Hereward quondam canonici Exoniensis". (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution)

Given by Dean and Chapter of Exeter, 1602

Record Sources

Description adapted (November 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-11-29: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)