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

MS. Bodl. 748

Summary Catalogue no.: 2770


Petrus Comestor, Historia scholastica
Rubric: Incipit Scolastica Hystoria magistri Petri Comestoris

With 'prologus epistolaris' and lists of chapters: the New Testament part begins at fol. 195v

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 272 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 14 × 10 in.


2 cols (or treble or quadruple)


Pächt and Alexander iii. 481, Pl. XLVII

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials. Lombardic capitals

Line endings


'Stamped white sheepskin (about 1602) over older sewing and boards, and painted edges' (Summary Catalogue); 'Painted fore-edges and medieval book-marker. Original sewing. Old boards and cover repaired, c. 1600' (Pächt and Alexander).


Origin: c. 1270–1290 ; England, York (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Exeter, Devon, Cathedral church of St Peter (MLGB3)

'Liber historie assignatus communi librarie ecclesie cathedralis Exonie per executores Magistri Johannis Snetesham nuper Cancellarii et Canonici in eadem'

Presented by the dean and chapter of Exeter in 1602

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

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