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A treatise on the Creation and Man, the Secretum Secretorum attributed to Aristotle and a chronicle of England from Brute to A.D. 1327, written in the 14th and 15th cent.

MS. Douce 128
Held at the Weston Library

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Made up of two MSS., comprises:

  1. (fol. x ) A treatise on the Creation and Man: beg. 'Quoniam ut ait Tullius.', (first half of the 14th cent.)
  2. (fol. 32) The Secretum Secretorum attributed to Aristotle, as translated by Johannes Hispaniensis (?: see fol. 33v): ends (imperfect, a few leaves being lost), 'Et in libro cuiusdam Medorum man (datum)': there is here no title or rubric
  3. (fol. 60) A chronicle of England from Brute to A.D. 1327, in French prose: prologue in verse beg. 'Cy poet homme sauoir quant & de quele gent': text beg. 'En la noble cite de graunt Troye': ends 'deuaunt le feste de seint Laurence.' (15th cent.)
  4. (fol. 163v) 'Mirabilia gesta magnifici regis Anglie domini Edwardi tertij ... per Robertum de Auesbury, Curie Cantuariensis registri custodem ...': the Chronicle of Robert of Avesbury, 1307 - 56, with short pieces added, as printed by Hearne in his edition of Robert of Avesbury in 1720 from this MS. A short English hymn to Christ beg. 'As thou for holy churche rizt') is on fol. 258.


  • Creation: written in the 14th and 15th cent.


265 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French


MS. Douce 128

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 21702

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

Custodial History

The succession of owners has been:--'John Christopherson' (16th cent.), archbp. Matthew Parker (notes in red pencil), William Lambarde (Feb. 1573/4), Thomas Lambarde (Dec. 20, 1659), sir Roger Twysden and sir Thomas Sebright (these last two on the authority of Hearne).

Physical Facet

On parchment


9 1/2 × 6 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom