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

MS. Bodl. 783

Summary Catalogue no.: 2610


Gregory the Great, De cura pastorali
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine miniature, historiated and other initials, damaged. Related to the style of Hugo Pictor. (Pächt and Alexander i. 442, pl. XXXVI)


Origin: 11th century, end ; French, Normandy

Provenance and Acquisition

Exeter, Devon, Cathedral church of St Peter: Marginal marking in pencil as in other Exeter MSS, e.g. Bodley 289. Compare also the decoration in Bodley 691, also an Exeter book. Identifiable in the 1506 catalogue by second folio (one of two copies therein with this second folio, 'quod aliter'). Its size sugests that it, more probably than Bodley 708, is the '4 to pastoral Care' mentioned in the Benefactors' Register. Damp damage at each end, as in many books from Exeter. Document added at the end in which the prior and convent 'S. Nicholai Ex'' supplicate Bishop John (?Grandisson) that John Taylere acolyte should be advanced to subdeacon. (MLGB3: evidence from marginalia, sometimes distinctive of a particular house or known scribe, and from the style of script or illumination).

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (7 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.