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

MS. Auct. D. 3. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 2031



With the prologues of st. Jerome, in the following order of books: Octateuch, Reg. 1–4, Paral., Esdras 1–2, Tob., Judith, Esther, Job, Psalmi, Parab., Eccl., Cant., Sap., Ecclus., Is., Jer., Threni, Baruch, Ez., Dan., the 12 Minor Prophets, Macc.; Matth, (fol. 282v), Marc., Luc., Joh., Rom., Cor., Gal., Eph., Phil., Thess., Col., Tim., Titus, Philem., Hebr., Actus, Gen. Epp., Apoc. At fol. 360 follow 'Interpretationes nominum Hebraicorum'.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 394 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11 × 7.875 in.


2 cols.


Good historiated borders.

Historiated initials.

Other initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 425, pl. XXXVI)


Red leather on boards, two sets of clasps lost, English 15th cent. work


Origin: 13th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Exeter Cathedral (?): there is no trace left of the arms mentioned in the following note of Gerard Langbaine in his catalogue made about 1655, 'Codex bene scriptus fuisse olim videtur ecclesie Exoniensis, folio siquidem 1º habentur insignia episcopatus (et episcopi) itemque decani cancellarii praecentoris et thesaurarii Exoniensium suis omnia coloribus graphicè delineata'. At some time subsequent to 1655 there may have been some danger of the book being reclaimed.

Nearly erased entries on fol. 394 seem to show that the volume was deposited in a University Chest at Oxford in 1422.

Owned by 'Antho: Turpyn' in the 16th cent. and perhaps by Thomas Reynold and Alexander Gyles, also in the 16th cent. (foll. 206v, 394).

Probably this is the Latin Bible presented by William Cotton, bishop of Exeter, in 1605.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 425 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-22: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.