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

MS. Bodl. 813

Summary Catalogue no.: 2681


Augustine, In epistulam Iohannis ad Parthos tractatus X
Rubric: In hoc corpore continentur Aurelii Augustini in Epistola sancti Iohannis apostoli omeliae numero decem de Caritate

Ten sermons, with prologue, on 1 John i-v.3

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v + 70 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.875 × 6.75 in.


Pächt and Alexander i. 446, pl. XXXVII: related in style to MSS. from Mont-Saint-Michel and Fécamp

C. R. Dodwell, The Canterbury School of Illumination, 1066-1200 (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 117, identifies MS. Bodl. 813 as one of a group of Exeter manuscripts from the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries which are illuminated in the 'Carilef' style that is associated with the Norman books given to Durham by William of St Carilef, e.g. the Carilef Bible (Durham Cathedral Library, MS. A. II. 4). The other manuscripts from Dodwell's group are MS. Bodl. 301, MS. Bodl. 783 and MS. Bodl. 707 [NB: Dodwell lists MS. Bodl. 701 but must have intended MS. Bodl. 707]

One fine initial

Other good initials


Stamped white sheepskin (c. 1602) on older sewing.


Origin: 11th century, end ; France

Provenance and Acquisition

Exeter, Devon, Cathedral church of St Peter (MLGB3), inventory of 1327.

Presented by the Dean and chapter of Exeter in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (January 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited. Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-30: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)