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

MS. Bodl. 373

Summary Catalogue no.: 2751


Peter the Chanter, Verbum abbreviatum
Incipit: Verbum abbreuiatum fecit Deus ... Si enim uerbum de sinu Patris
Language(s): Latin

Preceded by a list of 'Capitula Uerbi abreuiati', but the end is missing, after the words 'sanguinem tetigit ut' in Chapter 149, a quire being lost.

Fols 121-124, after the gap, are occupied with some chapters 'de Vanitate', 'de contemptu sui, ad fugam gule', etc.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 125 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13.625 × 9.5 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 422

Good initials


White leather on boards, with clasps and cover of white leather, English 15th century work. Usual chain mark. (Summary Catalogue). 'Original binding' with 15th century chemise (Pächt and Alexander)


Origin: 13th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Chester, Cheshire, Benedictine abbey of St Werburg, Pressmark: Pressmark "K[?] Q" in usual position on fol. i verso. Beside it, in a different coloured ink, 'Verbum abbreviatum. vii o loco' (fol. i verso, flyleaf), s. xv (MLGB3)

Windsor, collegiate chapel. Pressmark "K[?] Q" in usual position on fol. i verso. Beside it in different coloured ink "Verbum abbreviatum vij o loco" (s. xv in. ?) (MLGB3)

Presented by the dean and canons of Windsor in 1612

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

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