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

MS. Bodl. 631

Summary Catalogue no.: 1954


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. iv verso)
Richard of Thetford, Ars dilatandi sermones (summary)
Rubric: Istis modis potest quis habundare in themate
Incipit: Primo per qualemcunque termini notificationem

This is ascribed in an almost contemporary list of contents on fol. iv to 'frater Ricardus de Tefforď, as a 'Summa de modo predicandi'; cf. Charland, Artes praedicandi (1936), 79.

2. (fol. 1)
Biblical concordance 'De vitando consortio' (Stegmüller, Bibl. 10084)

The first title is 'De uitando consorcio ... malorum', the second 'de celeri conuersione a seculo', and a conspectus of the whole precedes. This is no doubt for a preacher's use.

3. (fol. 183v)
Robert Grosseteste, Templum Domini
Rubric: Libellus domini Roberti Lincolniensis qui intitulatur Templum Dei [list of contents]
Incipit: Templum Dei sanctum est ... Sermo iste quamuis omnes tangať

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 200 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.875 × 6 in.


Illuminated capitals.


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


Origin: 13th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Reading Abbey: evidence of the binding (MLGB).

Presented by William Burdet of Sonning, in 1608.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922) with additional reference to other published literature as cited.


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-03: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.