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'Caluins Sermons vpon Genesis taken by a swifte writer as he preached them'

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MS. Bodl. 740
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'Caluins Sermons vpon Genesis taken by a swifte writer as he preached them. There wanteth in the 14. chapt. from the 13. verse to the ende. In the 15 chapt. vpon the 5. and 6. verses one onely sermon. The name of the Scribe that tooke these Sermons worde by worde from Caluins mouth as also those vpon Deuteron. & Job, with others, was Denis Ragueneau, of whome there is mention in the Preface to his sermons vpon Deut.' This note in sir Thomas Bodley's hand is perhaps the only description of a Bodleian MS. by the founder. He had attended Calvin's lectures at Geneva, and his father was still there when these sermons were delivered.

These French sermons on Gen. i. 1-xx. 6 are dated from Sept. 9, 1559 to May 15, 1560, and are here written out in full, in more than one hand, the commonest being presumably that of D. Ragueneau. of the whole set of 97 (numbered 1-76, 76, 77-96), nos. 1-5, 27, 63-5, 67-70 are wanting, leaving 84 in the volume. The sermons are in two series, dividing at the end of Gen. xiii (fol. 430).


  • Creation: Written in A.D. 1559-1560 at Geneva, by D. Ragueneau


668 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 740, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Bodl. 740

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18001


'Caluins Sermons vpon Genesis taken by a swifte writer as he preached them'

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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. II, no. 2744

Custodial History

Manuscript 470 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Laurence Bodley, younger brother of sir Thomas Bodley, in 1605, according to the Benefactors' Register, but the volume must have reached the Library before the end of 1604.

Physical Facet

On paper


12 5/8 × 8 3/4 in.

'Caluins Sermons vpon Genesis taken by a swifte writer as he preached them'
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