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Proverbs and translations, written in the 15th cent. in England, in at least three hands

MS. Douce 52
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 1) Latin hexameter proverbs or common places, arranged roughly in alphabetical order of subjects: beg. 'Ascensus . Virtutum gradibus scandunt celestia iusti': ends imperfect in 'Sciencia.'
  2. (fol. 13) English proverbs with translations into Latin hexameters, arranged very roughly alphabetically, with some Latin proverbs: imperfect at beginning, beg. 'He that doth as can . blame hym no man . Non est culpandus faciens quod scit, sed amandus.'
  3. (fol. 32) A short piece on Astronomy: beg. 'Post tractatum de ymagine mundi.'
  4. (fol. 36) Colophon:-- 'Explicit communis loquela linguagij Latini secundum grammaticos', short sentences: beg. 'Auete, pater reuerende.'
  5. (fol. 54a) A treatise on metres: beg. 'Ecce colorum subtilitas in arte versificandi': part of it is 'de metro Ymnarii.'
  6. (fol. 77v) Colophon:'Explicit compilacio magistri Johannis de Brigges de arte dictandi': beg. 'In libro rethor[i]co notandum.'
  7. (fol. 89) Colophon:'Explicit Tractatus de dictamine': beg. 'De dictaminis consequenter arte est breuiter dicendum. Primo videamus': this appears to be a form of Bernard de Meung's abridgement of the Ars dictaminis by Bernardus Sylvester (?).


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent. in England, in at least three hands


103 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English


MS. Douce 52

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 21626

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

Physical Facet

On parchment


5 7/8 × 4 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom