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Copies by Brian Twyne of astronomical and astrological treatises and notes, Written about 1620-1630 by B. Twyne

MS. Selden Supra 79
Held at the Weston Library

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Copies by Brian Twyne of astronomical and astrological treatises and notes:

  1. P. 1. 'Alkyndus de projectione radiorum', beg. 'Omnes homines qui sensibilia'.
  2. Pp. 27, 136, 151, 171. Copious extracts from printed books and MSS., some belonging to dr. John Dee (pp. 171-87), many to dr. Thomas Allen. A long list of them will be found in the Old Catalogue of 1697.
  3. Pp. 26a, 36, 42 (Compendium Studii Theologiae, pt. 4), 150a (Computus), 165). Extracts from Roger Bacon.
  4. P. 91. 'Tractatus Johannis de Eschenden de significatione coniunctionis ... [planetarum] quæ erit isto anno Christi 1357° in 8° die Junii, & ... [Oct. 30. 1365].'
  5. Pp. 296-368 are blank. Pp. 377-8 are a leaf from a 13th cent. Latin MS. of notes on the physical nature of man (physiognomia).
  6. Pp. vii-xxi are a summary of the treatise de arte Fidei Catholicae of Nicholaüs Arabicus, beg. 'Ad Clementem papam. Clemens papa, cuius rem nominis': and pp. xxxvii-xliii a horoscope of a man born on Aug. 16, 1594, explained at large. These pieces, with an astrological calendar of 1605 (altered from 1595: pp. xliv-xlix) and some tables, appear not to be in Twyne's hand.
  7. At p. 150° is a description of a curious round framed glass lens which belonged to Thomas Allen of Gloucester college and had the property of casting an inverted image which appeared to be projected 'allmost nine inches into the aire': there is also a recipe for coating reflecting mirrors with tin fols.


  • Creation: Written about 1620-1630 by B. Twyne


390 pages

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Selden Supra 79


Old Selden mark = 79

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. 3467

Custodial History

'Character istius libri 8', referring to Twyne's system of marking his volumes of notes.

Manuscript 3482 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On paper


8 1/4 × 6 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom