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Mathematical and historical pieces, written in the first quarter of the 15th cent. in England

MS. Douce 129
Held at the Weston Library

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Made up of two MSS., comprises:

  1. (fol. 2) 'Incipit Compotus magistri Iohannis de Sacro Bosco...': beg. 'Compotus est scientia considerans tempora', with figures
  2. (fol. 29) A short chronicle of England from the Creation to A.D. 1407: beg. 'In principio creauit Deus.' This properly reaches to A.D. 1388, but is supplemented by a short chronicle 'secundum tabulam Sancti Pauli [Londoniensis]', 1040 - 1407.

There are several additions, in Latin, among which are:--(a) (fol. 1). Notes of events, 1412-15: (b) (fol. 1v). Dimensions of St. Paul's cathedral in London: (c) (fol. 26). Astrological and calendarial tables, the latter by 'Gerlandus', i.e. Johannes de Garlandia, with figures: (d) (fol. 33v). A treatise on the simpler processes of arithmetic: beg. 'Omnia que a primeua rerum origine.'.

'Liber dompni Thome Dune monachi Dunelmensis ex dono dompni Johannis Manby' (15th cent.: cf. fol. 36v): on fol. iv is a note by 'T[homas] M[artin]' of Palgrave. Donce bought the book at the MacCarthy sale in 1789.


  • Creation: written in the first quarter of the 15th cent. in England


39 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 129

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 21703

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

Physical Facet

On parchment


9 1/2 × 7 1/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom