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

MS. Bodl. 691

Summary Catalogue no.: 2740


Augustine, De civitate dei
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine initials, fols. 72v, 84v, 92v (Pächt and Alexander i. 449, pl. XXXVII). Fine historiated and other initials added by an English illuminator in the middle of the 14th century. Notes added by John Grandison, Bishop of Exeter 1327–69, apparently after the completion of the illumination. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 639, pl. LXIV)


Stamped white sheepskin (about 1602) on older sewing and boards, worn and mended.


Origin: 11th century, end - 12th century, beginning (main MS.) 14th century, middle (added decoration) ; French, Normandy (main MS.) ; English (added decoration)

Provenance and Acquisition

Exeter, Devon, Cathedral church of St Peter: "Liber Ecclesie Exoniensis" (s. xiv). (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

Dean and chapter of Exeter, 1602. (MLGB3)

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (10 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.