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

MS. Bodl. 737

Summary Catalogue no.: 2729


Anselm of Laon, Commentary on the Psalms
Rubric: Exposicio Psalterii
Incipit: Psalterium uocatur liber ymnorum
(here attributed to Haymo of Halberstadt)
Incipit: (text) Beatus uir. Habet psalmus iste communem intentionem

At fol. 227v, follow short notes by the same author on three canticles

Differs from the printed editions.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 230 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13.75 × 9.625 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 135

Good initial

Many coloured capitals


White leather on boards, with tabs, clasps etc. lost, worn (English late 13th century work?)


Origin: 12th century, middle ; England, Bury St. Edmunds

Provenance and Acquisition

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Benedictine abbey of St Edmund, King and Martyr: 'Liber monachorum sancti Edmundi . . . B.232.' (see M. R. James On the Abbey of S. Edmund [1904], p. 16, no. 150)

'Hic liber est Sancti Eadmundi' altered from 'de Sancto Edmundo' (late 13th century)

For details of the medieval catalogue, see B13.226 in Benedictines: The Shorter Catalogues: Bury: Catalogue, late 12th cent., and additions

Cambridge, Pembroke College, MS 66, of the gift of William Smart of Ipswich (no. 150 in the list in James's Ecloga; M. R. James On the Abbey of S. Edmund (1904), p. 50, no. 66) (MLGB3)

It appears to have been first referenced in the Bodleian c. 1613

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

2023-04-14: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)