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Tractatus quatuor, Written in the last quarter of the 16th century in Italy in five hands

MS. Selden Supra 86
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Tractatus quatuor 'ex prælectionibus excellentissimi Domini Hieronomi Mercurialis Foroliuiensis, Antecessoris Patauini De lue Venerea, de morbis oculorum (fol. 28), de vitiis instrumentorum auditus (fol. 112), de decoratione (fol. 128). The last is on personal appearance and is dated 1583: the first, third, and fourth bear a motto "Έκ πόνον kλέος". The hand changes at fols. 28, 52, 55, 112.

Fol. 146 is part of a parchment deed of 1543 relating to a money transaction between Anthonius Bars with Cathringyn his wife and the municipality of Cologne, in German.


  • Creation: Written in the last quarter of the 16th century in Italy in five hands


147 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Selden Supra 86


Old Selden mark = 86

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. 3474

Custodial History

This MS. is catalogued by dr. Gerard Langbaine (MS. Langbaine 6, p. 95) as one of the volumes bequeathed by dr. Thomas Clayton in 1647 to the Bodleian. It probably drifted into the Selden collection by accident.

Manuscript 2916 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment


8 1/4 × 6 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom