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MS. Auct. D. 3. 15

Summary Catalogue no.: 2208


Book of Kings with gloss.

The Vulgate text of the four Libri Regum, with Jerome's preface and lists of chapters, and also a considerable number of glosses and explanatory notes. The first gloss is 'Helchanah possessio Dei interpretatur. Qui animi uirtute uir dicitur'. It is noted that the 1st book ('liber Samuelis primus') has 2,300 'versus' (fol. 66) and the 3rd 2,500 (fol. 199v). One of the finer illuminated capitals has been cut out (at fol. 2).

Language(s): Latin

There is some scribbling, partly English, on foll. 252–3, and the end cover.

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 253 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.875 × 10.5 in.


Many leaves in 2 cols.


Good initials, partly mutilated. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 208, pl. XXI)


Original boards, recovered with red leather, Reading work, early 16th cent


Origin: 12th century, end ; English, Reading, Benedictine abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Reading Abbey: contemporary ex libris, 'Hic est liber sancte Marie de Radynga. Quem qui celauerit. uel fraudem de eo fecerit anathema sit'. Listed in the late-twelfth-century catalogue.

Presented by William Burdet of Sonning, in 1608.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan 2021) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 208 [decoration, binding, origin, date, provenance]
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-20: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC and Pächt and Alexander.