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

MS. Bodl. 702

Summary Catalogue no.: 2548


Language(s): Latin

Jerome, Letters

Twenty-seven letters (or parts of letters), with later notes

2. (fol. 25)
Pelagius, Ad Demetriadem Uirginem
Rubric: Epistola Juliani episcopi ad Demetriadem virginem
Incipit: Si summo ingenio
3. (fol. 94)
Jerome, Letter LX: To Heliodorus: A Letter of Consolation for the death of Nepotianus
Rubric: Epitaphium Nepotiani a beato Jeronimo editum

All leaves are lost after fol. 94 and so the letter ends bruptly with 'usque Britanniam a rigida septen-'

A list of the Letters is printed under the entry for 2548 in the Old Catalogue of 1697

Originally thirty-seven documents and so numbered but also, as is clear from some notes for the rubricator (e.g. on fols 14, 24, 90v; that on fol. 1 seems wrong), these items were numbers 78-111 of a larger collection

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 95 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13.75 × 9.5 in.


Imperfect and in poor condition; repaired. The text of several leaves and many margins are badly injured. The only whole leaves lost are single ones after fols 77, 87, 90, and all after fol. 94; fol. 1 is the first of the first quaternion


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 341

Good initials (mutilated); see, fols 14, 37, 43, 75v, etc.


Origin: 13th century, beginning ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

This appears to have come from the same monastery as MS. Bodl. 701, and so may have belonged to Thomas Cardiff

It is likely to have come to the Bodleian with other volumes owned by Cardiff

This manuscript first appears in Bodleian lists c. 1655

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-03-17: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)