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MS. Bodl. 352

Summary Catalogue no.: 2431

Haimo of Auxerre, Commentary on Revelation, etc., with Apocalypse miniatures; Germany (south-west), mid-12th century


(fol. ii verso)

Couplet in English, added late 15th or early 16th century: ‘And hym lovyd sym as sym dyd hym then sym schuld haue hym or hym schuld haue sym | And he lovyd we as we dyd he he schuld haue we or we schuld haue he’’ (not listed in DIMEV)

Language(s): Middle English
1. (fols. 1r–4r)
Gregory the Great, Homiliae XL in euangelia, Homily 30
Rubric: Sequitur sancti evangelii sancti Iohannem
Incipit: In illo tempore … Si quis diligit me, sermonem meum seruabit… (John 14:23–24)
Rubric: Omelia beati Gregorii pape
Incipit: Libet fratres karissimi euangelice uerba lectionis sub breuitate transcurrere
Explicit: ibi pax uera que nobis iam non relinquitur sed datur. Per dominum nostrum … Amen.
PL 76, 1220–27

Fol. 4v filled by a miniature, see Decoration. Fols. vi, 1–4 are apparently a slightly later addition to the main manuscript: see below, Collation.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 5r–13v)

Miniatures: see Decoration. The captions are transcribed in Polaczyk, 194–203.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 14r–143v)
Haimo of Auxerre, Commentary on Revelation
Incipit: Legimus in ecclesiastica historia beatum Iohannem a Domiciano impiissimo Cesare in Pathmos insula relegatum, exilio deportatum
Explicit: et in gratia terminum poneret. Amen.
Final rubric: Explicit expositio Heimonis in Apocalipsi beati Iohannis apostoli et evangelistę
PL 117, 937–1220
Stegmüller, Bibl. 3122, citing the present MS.
Language(s): Latin
3. (fols. 143v–147r)
Bede the Venerable, Homiliae euangelii, Homily IX on the Ascension
Rubric: Secundum Iohannem [!]
Incipit: In illo tempore … Hęc sunt uerba que locutus sum ad uos … (Luke 24:44)
Rubric: Homilia venerabilis Bede
Incipit: Ascensurus in cęlum dominus primo discipulos de mysterio suę fidei diligenter instruere curavit
Explicit: quos secum ad festa supernę ciuitatis introducat Iesus Christus dominus noster, qui uiuit et regnat …
PL 94, 174–81
CCSL 122, 280–9
Language(s): Latin
4. (fols. 147v–149v)
Odo of Cluny, Sermo II in veneratione sanctae Mariae Magdalenae, siue Vita Mariae Magdalenae
Incipit: Quamquam per quatuor mundi climata fidelium connexione propagata sacratissimæ MARIE Magdalenę
Explicit: quo laureati ipsius consortes cfficiamur glorię te annuente qui vivis … Amen.
PL 133, 713–21
Language(s): Latin
(fols. 150r–152v)

Blank, except for a short added quotation from Seneca, De beneficiis, III (fol. 152r). Fol. 152, a former pastedown, has offset from the text on fol. 149v.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + 1 (lifted pastedown) + 3 (early-modern (?) endleaves) + 150 (fols. vi-149) + 2 (early-modern (?) endleaves) + 1 (lifted pastedown) + i (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 335 × 240 mm.
Foliation: i–vi, 1–153, in 17th(?)-century ink except i–vi and 150–153 which are in 20th(?)-century pencil.


The collation of fols. vi, 1–12, 141–9 is uncertain owing to the tightness of the binding. Probably (as Polaczyk): 1(4+1) (fols. vi, 1–4, with fol. vi added at the beginning of the quire, and perhaps accounting for the small stub between fols. 4 and 5), 2(8) (fols. 5–12), 3(8)-18(8) (fols. 13–140), 18(nine or ten) (fols. 141–9 or 141–9, 152). Quires numbered on the final verso in red roman numerals III–XVII, from fol. 28v, suggesting that the volume as originally conceived comprised fols. 5–149.


Ruled in plummet for 2 columns of usually 36–7 lines written above the top line. Ruled space 265 × 180 mm.




Twenty full-page miniatures; the first a coloured drawing with plain parchment background, the rest fully-painted, with backgrounds of gold and colours. The miniatures in an Office and Mass for St Michael and All Angels (Brussels, BR, MS. 3089), have been described as ‘closely related in style’ (Pächt & Alexander, I, no. 66), and the iconography is in many ways comparable, but the similarities are perhaps somewhat generic rather than indicative of a direct relationship.

  • (fol. vi verso) A monk identified in a caption as ‘Rudolphus’ (an uncoloured drawing) presenting a book to St Blaise (larger and fully coloured), with a halo, ecclesiastical vestments, and holding a crozier, under the inscription ‘Accipias digne Blasi sacer atque benigne’. As Kauffmann (1959, no. 11) observed, this dedication miniature is neither integral nor in the same style (or, it may be added, technique) as the other miniatures, and is thus perhaps an addition.
  • (fol. 4v) Pentecost: Twelve male figures with halos (apostles?) sit in an inverted ‘U’ configuration, that at the top appears to have a tonsure and makes a sign of benediction, the four closest to him each hold a book, of which those immediately to either side of him are the only two that are bearded; several others also blessing; above them four angels, two of them holding a shield-shaped object with a gold ‘T’ (or cross?) on a red ground, overlapped by the Hand of God.
  • (fols. 5r–13v) Eighteen miniatures illustrating the Apocalypse, typically each in three horizontal tiers, some divided vertically, incorporating and framed by inscriptions. St John is depicted with a square tonsure.

One large miniature/historiated initial: (fol. 14r) A large saint identified as ‘Iohannes evangelista’, blessing a cowled abbot(?) holding a large book and identified as ‘Matth'i’ [Matthias?], who is presented by an angel.

(fols. 1r, 60r, 73r, 85r, 130v) Pen-drawn foliate initials on parti-coloured grounds, typically 4–6 lines high. (fol. 44r) Pen-drawn foliate initial in plain red.

Minor initials in plain red.


Sewn on five bands and bound in plain brown calf over pasteboards. Fols. vi, 149, 152 with five rust-stained holes in a quincunx pattern, doubtless caused by the metal fittings of a former (medieval?) binding. The upper half of the other former pastedown (fol. ii) with marks from the turn-ins of a former tanned leather (post-medieval?) binding. Numbered ‘352’ in 19th(?)-century white paint at the top of the spine.


Origin: 12th century, middle (?) ; Germany (south-west)

Provenance and Acquisition

The early provenance of the manuscript is uncertain. B. Polaczek, Apokalypseillustration des 12. Jahrhunderts und weibliche Frömmigkeit: Die Handschriften Brüssel, Bibliothèque Royale Albert 1 er , Ms. 3089 und Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Bodl. 352 (Weimar, 1998) argued that it originated in the same scriptorium as Brussels BR MS. 3089 (above, Decoration), which was made for a community of female religious, and that both were likely to have been made for a double monastery of male and female religious in south-west Germany. She considered Muri, Engelberg, St Blaise and Rheinau as possibilities, seeming to find the last most likely. The dedication miniature on fol. vi v indicates a connection with St Blaise, but as noted above, Decoration, this miniature may be an addition.

Erased 13th(?)-century inscription (fol. vi r): probably ‘D⟨is⟩ ⟨bu⟩ch h⟨eise⟩t ⟨Apocal⟩ipsis’.

13th-century notes in crayon: 'monial. sancti damiani in Argen.' (fol. 101r), probably the Damianite nuns, aftewards Poor Clares of Strasbourg; 'Godefridus de Kelsse' (fol. 125r) (Kelz, near Düren?; perhaps cf. Kaeppelli II.47).

‘Lib. ab [ … ] [ … ] Recordare’, by an English 14th-century (?) hand (fol. ii v; partly erased, partly excised).

Extensive marginalia by a 15th-century English hand (mixed anglicana and secretary forms), including a note in English, fol. 30v; annotation in an (English (?)) humanist-influenced hand, fol. 104v.

‘Iste liber constat magistro | Willelmo Greshvm’ (the name erased), late 15th century (fol. ii v): apparently William Gresholme (Greshum, Gresscholme), fl. 1483–1498: Emden, BRUO, II.822

Sir John Scudamore in 1603 presented £40 to the Library, with which this MS. and about 114 printed books were purchased. Former Bodleian shelfmarks ‘Th. S. 5. 13’ and ‘NE F. 7. 3.’ (fol. iii r).

Record Sources

Summary description (March 2021) by Peter Kidd, edited by Matthew Holford. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue (1922).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian(22 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-03-25: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.