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Frisian legal and theological collections, Written in the late 15th century in Holland

MS. Junius 78
Held at the Weston Library

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Frisian legal and theological collections, in divers hands, forming the 'Codex Aysma' and comprising:

  1. P. 1. maxims from the civil, canon, and Frisian laws, with Latin interpretations and some notes by Junius
  2. P. 185. a poem beg. 'Hoe dae Friesen Roem wonnen'
  3. P. 189. 'Incipit processus judicii', a better version of the legal formulary which occurs also at p. 139
  4. P. 227. statutes of George, duke of Saxony, for Frisia, dated correctly July 4, 1503, in the margin, but wrongly 1404 in the text
  5. P. 243. pecuniary penalties in Frisian penal law
  6. P. 263. three religious pieces, beg. 'Alsoe vele als ic bescheiden bijn' (p. 263), 'Dis is een capittel vber ewygher wysheit' (p. 265), 'Koning David was koning ouer voel riken en hy woende in die heilighe stede Iherusalem' (p. 269), followed by a Middle Low Dutch 'Memento mori' in verse (p. 272)
  7. P. 277. documents relating to disputes between Haarlem and Wolderkum over water rights
  8. P. 304. the chronicle 'Gesta Frisonum' in Frisian edited by J. W. de Crane (Workum, 1837)
  9. There is an imperfect index rerum by Junius on pp. iii-iv

(pp. 216, 218-26 are blank)


  • Creation: Written in the late 15th century in Holland


324 pages

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • Western Frisian
  • Latin


MS. Junius 78

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. 5189

Custodial History

This MS. was owned in the 16th cent. by Sybout or Sibold Aysma b. 1534, (d. 1604), whose signature is on pp. 34, 74, 217. Jan van Vliet wrote 'Beneficio nobilissimi et clarissimi viri Francisci Iunii libro hoc utor 1660 Ianus Vlitius' (p. iii). There are cancelled inscriptions of ownership on pp. 1, 322.


  • See further 'Westfriesische Rechtsquellen' by Thomas Siebs in Abhandlungen der kön. Akad. der Wissenschaften in Berlin (1895), pp. 37-44.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 × 5 3/10 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom