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

MS. Bodl. 693

Summary Catalogue no.: 2875


John Gower, Confessio Amantis (first version)
Language(s): English and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Fine miniatures, borders, initials. In the style of Herman Scheerre. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 825, pl. LXXX)


Reddish brown leather, stamped, with the arms of England in colour, and 'I.R.', showing that it was made for James I..


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (9 images from 35mm slides)


    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. 87

Last Substantive Revision

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