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

MS. Bodl. 413

Summary Catalogue no.: 2309


Adalbert of Metz , Speculum Gregorii
Rubric: Liber qui vocatur Speculum

In 194 chapters, a list of which precedes the text

In the preface 'A. humillimus Leuitarum' explains that he has here collected excerpts from the Moralia of Gregory on Job.

Some theological notes and scribbling are on fol. 176.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 178 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11 × 7.5 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 145, pl. XCIII


Good marginal sketches added, 15th century (e.g. fol. 32, drawing of a man eating)


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


Origin: 12th century, middle; added decoration, 15th century ; England, Reading, abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Reading, Berkshire, Benedictine abbey of Saint Mary the Virgin: 'Hic est liber Sancte Marie de Radingia. Qui eum celauerit. uel fraudem de eo feceritu anathema sit' ('This book belongs to Saint Mary’s of Reading. Anyone who is found hiding it or damaging it will be anathema') (MLGB3)

Presented to the Bodleian by William Burdet in 1608

MS. Bodl. 413, flyleaves



One leaf and three fragments in the binding.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment


Origin: 14th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (February 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)


    Online resources:

    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 5: Fragments - Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 203

Last Substantive Revision

2023-02-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)