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

MS. Bodl. 639

Summary Catalogue no.: 2080


Language(s): Latin

Gregory IX, Decretales
Final rubric: Expliciunt Decretales

Preceded by a list of chapters.

Some notes.

A few similar documents are added on foll. 282–89 in another hand, beginning with one of pope Innocent IV (beg. 'Cum in multis iuris articulis'), and ending imperfect. A few juridical notes are on fol. i recto, 292v, and fragments of a 15th cent. deed are in the binding at each end.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 292 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.125 × 6.25 in.


2 cols.


Fleuronée initials.


Red leather on older boards (Reading work?), early 16th cent.


Origin: 13th century, second half ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Reading Abbey: evidence of the binding (MLGB).

Given by William Burdet of Sonning in 1608.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources, with additional reference to other published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, addenda (by Bruce Barker-Benfield) [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2020-05-06: Description revised to include all information in SC.