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Collection of two Latin MSS., Written in the 15th century in Flanders (?)

MS. Canon. Liturg. 17
Held at the Weston Library

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A. Fol. 26. '... Hore beate Marie Virginis secundum consuetudinem Romane ecclesie':

  1. Preceded by a Calendar (fol. 1) and '... Hore de Sancta Cruce' (fol. 14), etc.
  2. Followed by the Penitential Psalms and Litany (fol. 72), and the 'Vigilie Mortuorum' (fol. 89)
  3. There are ten full-page miniatures in French or Flemish style: 'Gheertrudis' in the Calendar points to the latter: but the occurrence of Nicasius in red (Dec. 14) to Rheims or Arras
  4. A leaf or two is lost after fol. 16

B. Written in 1477, fol. 103b. 'Incipit liber qui intitulatur Roxarius [Rosarius], compositus per magistrum ... [several words erased]':

  1. At end (fol. 168v) 'Explicit liber qui intitulatur Roxarius ferrens roxas tam albas quam rubeas, compositus per magistrum Arnaldum de Villa Noua' later hands call the work the Rosa Medicinae of Johannes Anglicus (=John of Gaddesden), to which it bears no resemblance
  2. It is an alchemical treatise on the Philosopher's stone or Secretum Secretorum (prologue beg. 'Desiderabile desiderium', text beg. 'Vniuersa diuine bonitatis opera'), but, though ascribed to Arnoldus in many MSS., is not the work printed as Rosarius Philosophorum in his Opera
  3. Some miscellaneous matter follows, partly in the hand of the scribe of the preceding work (with 'Expleui scribere penultimo Aprilis 1477', fol. 172v), partly later, but nearly all on alchemical subjects


  • Creation: Written in the 15th century in Flanders (?)


186 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Canon. Liturg. 17

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. 19231

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminations


5 1/4 × 3 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom