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

MS. Auct. D. 3. 9

Summary Catalogue no.: 2022


Language(s): Latin

Old Testament, without Psalms

The books occur, without titles, in the following order: Gen.-Chron., Prayer of Manasseh, Is.-Mal., Tob.-Esth., Macc., Esdr., Neh., Job, Prov.-Ecclus., Prayer of Solomon. Chapters are irregular, but for the most part modern. The prologues of st. Jerome are given, except those to Judith and Esther, but not his epistle to Paulinus. The prologue to Chron. is Jerome's epistle to Domnio and Rogatianus (beg. 'Quomodo Graecorum historias'). Job has a second prologue, beg. 'Fertur in terra quidam'. The prologues to the first three minor prophets are: Hosea, 'Temporibus Ozie', 'Osee de tribu Isacar'; Joel, 'S. Johel apud Ebreos', 'Johel Fatuel filius', 'Ex tribus igitur generibus', 'Johel de tribu Ruben'; Amos, 'Hic Amos propheta', 'Amos propheta et rusticus', 'Amos vero interpretatur onustus', 'Ozias rex', 'Amos non ad Jerusalem'; the remainder have the usual prefaces, as have Bar., Sap., Macc. Gen.-Lev. are preceded by summaries of the sections (beg. 'De die primo in quo lux facta est').

There are a few marginal notes and corrections.

On fol. 491v is part of the 'Sacramentum quod debet rex facere in coronacione sua', and a Latin letter (ep. 48) from bp. Grosseteste to Simon de Montfort about the punishment of malefactors, 1238: beg. 'Nobili viro & amico ... Sicud sentiunt sancti & iusti' (Roberti Grosseteste Epistolae, ed. Luard, 1861, p. 141): both notes are late 13th cent.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: vi + 493 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12 × 8.75 in.


2 cols.


Illuminated capitals.


White leather (early 16th cent. ?) on older (14th cent. ?) solid leather boards.


Origin: 13th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Two erased notes (one of 1313?) are on fol. 11, and 'Caucio Johannis Pictoris', about 1400: also on fol. 494v 'tradat magistro Ricardo de ...', etc.

Probably acquired between 1613 and 1620.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-21: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.