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

MS. Bodl. 391

Summary Catalogue no.: 2222


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1v)
Isidore of Seville, De ortu et obitu patrum
Rubric: Ortus, uita uel obitus sanctorum Patrum qui in Scripturarum laudibus efferuntur

With preface and list of chapters.

2. (fol. 12)
Isidore of Seville, Allegoriae quaedam Sacrae Scripturae

Here without title.

3. (fol. 23v)
Jerome, De uiris illustribus
Rubric: Katalogus beati Hieronimi de catholicis scriptoribus

With preface and list of names.

4. (fol. 40v)
Decretum Gelasianum de libris recipiendis et non recipiendis, ‘Post propheticas’ (Jaffé †700)
Rubric: Decretalis epistola de recipiendis & non recipiendis libris a Gelasio papa cum .lxx. episcopis conscripta
Incipit: Post propheticas et euangelicas
5. (fol. 42)
Gennadius of Marseille, De uirus inlustribus
Rubric: In Dei nomine Katalogus uirorum inlustrium a Gennadio Masiliensi episcopo post Hieronimi Katalogum conscriptus incipi

Short lives numbered from cxxxvi to ccxxxii, and i-xcvi, preceded by a list of the names.

6. (fol. 53v)
Isidore of Seville, De uiris illustribus
Rubric: Katalogus Isidori de illustribus viris

In a shorter form than that printed by Migne (Patrol. Lat. lxxxiii. 1081).

7. (fol. 58)
Augustine, Retractationes
Rubric: Retractatio Augustini episcopi

In two books: with a list of the works reviewed.

8. (fol. 106)
Cassiodorus, Institutiones (book 1)
Rubric: Liber primus Cassiodori senatorie Institutionum diuinarum Litterarum

With a list of the 33 chapters.

9. (fol. 128v)
Isidore of Seville, In libros ueteris et noui testamenti prooemia
Rubric: Liber pr⟨oh⟩emiorum sancti Isidori e librorum Noui ac Veteris Testamenti plenitudine […]
10. (fol. 133v)
Isidore of Seville, De ecclesiasticis officiis (extract)
Rubric: Ejusdem Isidori de libris ueteris et noui testamenti

Identification: CBMLC BA1.329

11. (fol. 136v)
Itinerarium Antonini

Added in a late 12th cent. hand.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 139 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.25 × 8.25 in.


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 51, pl. VI)


Stamped leather on boards, early 16th cent. Canterbury work, attributed by Pächt and Alexander to 'P.I' (cf. MS. Arch. Selden. B. 14).

Accompanying Material

Former pastedown (the leaf of a Gregorian sacramentary) in front now MS. Lat. liturg d. 16, fol. 9; pastedown at end missing (?); clear traces remain.


Origin: 11th century, end ; English, Canterbury, St. Augustine's

Provenance and Acquisition

Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine abbey of St Augustine (originally of St Peter and St Paul): "Liber Sancti Augustini Cant'" (verso of flyleaf), s. xiii ex. "Liber monasterii Sancti Augustini Anglorum apostoli. D.iiii. Gra. i a T. [?] C. [?]" in the same hand, s. xv ex., as in Laud Misc. 385, fol. 1r. Catalogue, CBMLC BA1.329. (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

'Donum Jo. Bille' in sir Thomas Bodley's hand: presented not later than 1606 by J. Bill the London bookseller.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Oct. 2022) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 51
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-10: Revised to incorporate all information in printed catalogues.