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

MS. Bodl. 387

Summary Catalogue no.: 2212


Language(s): Latin

(fol. ii)

13th century list of contents.

1. (fol. 1)
Origen, Homilies on Joshua (tr. Rufinus)
Rubric: Proemium beati Ieronimi presbiteri in expositione libri lesu Naue
Incipit: In diuinis voluminibus
Rubric: Omelia prima tractatus sancti Ieronimi
Incipit: Donauit Deus nomen


2a. (fol. 70v)
De adulterinis conjugiis
2b. (fol. 92v)
De mendacio
2d. (fol. 132v)
De natura et origine animae
2e. (fol. 186)
Contra Arrianorum perfidiam

Preceded at fol. 182v by the Sermo Arrianorum.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 244 + ii fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 303 × 207 mm.


1 col., 30 lines, written space c. 215 × 132 mm.


Written by a scribe who collaborated with the scribe of the Textus Roffensis, which was completed between late October 1122 and mid-February 1123.


Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 97)

Coloured initials, rubrics.


White whittawed leather binding (repaired), over boards, period 2.


Origin: 12th century, first quarter (before 1123) ; English, Rochester, Cathedral priory

Provenance and Acquisition

Recorded in a list of Rochester Priory books written 1122/1123 (English Benedictine Libraries: The Shorter Catalogues B77.30).

Identifiable in the Rochester Priory library catalogue of 1202 (B79.45).

Fol. 1: ‘⟨Liber de claustro Roffensi per Godfridum monachum⟩’, 14th century.

‘Wigorniae (?) round whete’, 15th century, fol. 246v.

Windsor, collegiate chapel of St George.

Presented by the dean and canons in 1612.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 82 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 97 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, provenance, acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2018-11-20: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.