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

MS. Bodl. 395

Summary Catalogue no.: 2215


Language(s): Latin

Isidore, Etymologiae
Incipit: Incipit Liber primus Ethimologiarum Ysidori archiepiscopi Hyspalensis

Preceded by five letters between the author and Braulio, and with lists of chapters preceding each book. The handwriting changes after fol. 54 (cf. fols. 25-7), and the second hand has written on fol. iii v a brief abstract of the whole encyclopaedia: there are also figures and diagrams (see fols. 31v, 59v).

2. (fol. 161)
Grammatical treatise
Incipit: Philosophi diffiniunt uocem

Begins as the Commentarii of Priscian; ends abruptly, some leaves being lost, 'proferuntur in i longam'.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. ii)

A Greek and a Hebrew alphabet, the Latin Lord's Prayer in Greek characters, and also in Latin verse, etc.

Language(s): Greek, Hebrew, Latin

A 15th cent. list of contents shows that the lost leaves at the end contained 'multa notabilia de Cronicis. Item liber Methodij episcopi, clv'.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 169 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13 × 9 in.


2 cols.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 229:

Good borders.

Good diagrams.

Good initials.


Contemporary white leather on boards; traces of five bosses on each cover; two bookmarkers. Cf. binding of MS. Bodl. 371 also from Buildwas (MLGB).


Origin: 12th century, end ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Buildwas, Shropshire, Savigniac and (1147) Cistercian abbey of St Mary the Virgin and St Chad: '. . . . DE . . . DEWAS' (fol. iii v at end of table of contents, in red) (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription and from the binding).

Windsor, collegiate chapel. Table of contents of s. xv with "l [?] b" below it (not CLV as in S.C.) in the same ink. If this is the Windsor pressmark it is in a different hand as usual. (MLGB3: inferred evidence)

Given by the dean and canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor, 1612.

MS. Bodl. 395, endleaf (fol. i)


Language(s): Latin

Missal fragment (Canon Missae)

Unfinished: from the common preface to Quam oblationem in the canon.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: one leaf
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 225 mm.


2 cols. of 30 lines, written space 236 × 155 mm.


Some coloured capitals in green, brown and red.

Blank space for large initials.


Origin: 12th century, late ; English

Additional Information

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. 229 [decoration, origin, date, binding]
S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 5: Fragments - Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 266 (endleaf)
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (8 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

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