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The Bible, in French, with glosses and commentaries intercalated as translated and arranged by Guyart Desmoulins, written early in the 14th cent.

MS. Douce 211
Held at the Weston Library

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With many miniatures, illuminated capitals, etc. This volume belongs to the class of 'Petites Bibles historiales' described by Berger, but this MS. is not mentioned by him in his Bible Française au Moyen Age (1884). It omits the Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, has the short form of Job, and adds to the Psalter the Parisian 'Lectanie en Francois': yet its version of Ps. 137 (136) is that of the Paris MS. de l'Arsenal 5056 (Berger, p. 208). The first leaf is wanting, and one after fol. 197.

284 leaves in double columns.


  • Creation: written early in the 14th cent.


284 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 211

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21785

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Custodial History

'Ex bibliotheca et dono Aegidij Dez de Fontaine presbiteri Catalaunensis ... abbatis commendatorij de Caluomonte [Chaumont] ordinis Praemonstratensis diocesís Remensis die 24 Octobris 1680 ...' This gift was probably to the Maison Professe des Jésuites at Paris, as the book occurs in the catalogue of their MSS. in 1764 as no. 65 in one volume, and it is 'paraphé' by Mesnil as no. 20618.

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated


15 1/2 × 12 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom