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

MS. Bodl. 396

Summary Catalogue no.: 2227


Isidore, Etymologiae
Rubric: Opus Isidori episcopi de disciplina et arte secundum ethimologiam

Other titles are 'Grammatica ars' (fol. 28) and (later) 'Ethymologie'. There are the usual letters between Isidorus and Braulio at fol. 27, and lists of chapters before each book, as well as two other similar lists (foll. 20v, 24) ,and an index of subjects (fol. 1), added, slightly later, in two hands.

There are also notes, partly written with a metal stilus.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 172 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.875 × 7.875 in.


2 cols.


Illuminated capitals.


Poor red leather on older boards, early 16th century Reading work.


Origin: c. 1300

Provenance and Acquisition

Reading, Berkshire, Benedictine abbey of Saint Mary the Virgin (?) : The Reading provenance of MS. Auct. F.3.3, MS. Bodl. 396, MS. Bodl. 631, MS. Bodl. 639 is inferred from the character of the binding s. xvi (?) which resembles that of MS. Auct. D.1.19, MS. Auct. D.2.12, MS. Auct. D.3.12, MS. Auct. D.3.15, MS. Auct. D.4.18, MS. Bodl. 200, MS. Bodl. 413 (MLGB3)

Presented by William Burdet of Sonning, 1608

Record Sources

Description adapted (Oct. 2022) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to other published literature as cited.


Last Substantive Revision

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