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

MS. Bodl. 687

Summary Catalogue no.: 2501


1. (fol. 1)
Fasciculus morum
Rubric: Fasciculus moruma

Treatise on the virtues and vices, as MS. Bodl. 332, art. 2; cf. MS. Bodl. 187

The title is only at the end of the index on fols 72-73, except that on fol. 71v is 'Finis sermonum est (de) colleg' M...', (15th century), possibly 'Merton'

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols 74-76r, 77v-78r)

Three Latin sermons, two for Easter, all in different hands

One sermon:

Rubric: Contra garulantes in ecclesia tempore misse
Incipit: Fuit quondam quedam mulier
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 79)
John Waldeby, Nouum opus dominicale
Incipit: Cum appropinquaret Ihesus ... Euangelium est laicis predicandum

Sermons on the liturgical Gospels of Sundays throughout the year

With preceding index

In MS. Laud Misc. 77 this series is distinctly attributed to John de Waldeby and stated to have been written in 1365

Language(s): Latin
4. (fol. 147v)
John Waldeby (?), Discourse on the Lord's Prayer (Bloomfield 8092)
Incipit: Pater noster ... Crisostomus omelia 15a in principio omnium malorum
Language(s): Latin
5. (fol. 150)
Petrus de Aureoli, De decem praeceptis

A treatise on the Decalogue, the same which in MS. Bodl. 400 is attributed to Petrus de Aureolis

Fols 172-176 contain some added theological extracts and notes, including (fol. 174v) some narrationes

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 178 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11 × 8 in.


Many leaves are stained and in a few the text is injured


2 cols


Two illuminated capitals

Coloured capitals


Origin: 15th century, early ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

See above, item 1 Fasciculus morum, 'Deliberat' dimidiam dec' [dimidium decimarum?] Ric' Norys famular' Johannis Godeman in Cathedra sancti Petri etc. apud Westham sabbato post prandium in presencia Willelmi Bakere per acquietanciam, etc.', (fol. 176). 15th century

Also on fol. 176 are the names of 'Rauf Hassoll de Hankelow' [Hankelow, Cheshire] and 'Margaret Wright' (early 16th century)

On fol. 175 there is a note saying: 'Memorandum Cherintone did vse to clense the strind in Merton more to the Russhy hurst' (16th century)

The manuscript was owned by 'Thomas Cardiff' (fols. 1, 84v) in the 16th century

Barlow's catalogue gives 'K. 1. 2' as an old mark of this volume; it may have been kept in K. 1. 2 Med. about 1646-1650

This appears to be the 'Liber de 7. vitijs capitalibus . Sermones varij', a quarto manuscript given by Thomas James in 1601, though this might refer to the latter part of MS. Auct. D. 4. 12. If MS. Bodl. 687 is not the manuscript given by Thomas James, then its provenance and date of acquisition are unknown, except that it was acquired before 1655

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-03-27: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)