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

MS. Auct. D. 4. 14

Summary Catalogue no.: 2991

Illustrated Apocalypse with French metrical commentary; England, early 14th century



There are ninety-nine pictures and each picture occupies the upper part of the page with the Latin text beneath.

Below the Latin is a French metrical version

Revelacion (Apocalypse commentée)
Incipit: La reuelacion de Ihesu Crist Que Deus ad ses serfs demostrer fist
Dean and Boulton, no. 478 http://jonas.irht.cnrs.fr/oeuvre/8893

There is a contemporary French theological note on fol. 4

Language(s): Latin and Anglo-Norman

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 58 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10 × 7 in.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 542, Pl. LIV

Good miniatures (coloured drawings). "By various hands, the first related to the style of the workshop of the Master of the Queen Mary Psalter." (The Summary Catalogue describes the miniatures as 'rather uncouth coloured pictures')

Illuminated capitals


Origin: 14th century, beginning ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'Ex dono Thomæ Jefferay . 1611'.

Record Sources

Description adapted (August 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (25 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-08-07: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)