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

MS. Bodl. 377

Summary Catalogue no.: 2745


Thomas Aquinas, Catena aurea on Matthew and Mark
Rubric: Euangelia Mathei & Marchi glosata per fratrem Thomam \Aquinum/Alquinum canonizatum. Johannes & Lucas sunt in alio volumine

The rubric and annotations are in the hand of Bishop Grandison. The other volume is MS. Bodl. 380. The two volumes are brothers, not twins.

(fol. 1) Gospel of Matthew

(fol. 197v) Gospel of Mark

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 259 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 14 × 9 in.


Discoloration due to damp at the beginning and end


2 or more cols


Pächt and Alexander i. 567, pl. XLII

Fine historiated borders



Stamped white sheepskin (about 1602) over older sewing and boards


Origin: c. 1300 ; France, Paris

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps given to Exeter Cathedral (see below) by Thomas de Lechelade (d. 1309) (Oliver, Lives, p. 309) (MLGB3)

Annotated by John Grandison.

Exeter, Devon, Cathedral church of St Peter: "Liber Ecclesie Cathedralis Exoniensis" (s. xv). (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription and from marginalia, sometimes distinctive of a particular house or known scribe)

MS. Bodl. 377 (vol. i) and MS. Bodl. 380 (vol. ii) form one set (MLGB3)

Presented by the 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)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

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