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A poem on the creation of the world and Augustine 'de imagine dei', Written early in the 14th century in England

MS. Barlow 21
Held at the Weston Library

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A. P. 1. A poem on the creation of the world, based upon the book of Genesis, in Latin hexameters with a marginal paraphrase, beg. 'Omnia disponens nusquam metam sibi ponens'. At p. ix is an auto-graph English translation of the prologue, beg. 'O boundlesse thou', by Sir Henry Spelman, dated Sept. 5, 1616.

B. P. 569. Augustine 'de imagine dei', beg. 'Tanta dignitas humane condicionis'.


  • Creation: Written early in the 14th century in England


576 pages

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Barlow 21

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. 6459

Custodial History

Page 1 (cf. p. 568) has 'Liber Henrici Spelman quondam Roberti Hare 1566', and p. iv 'Liber Tho: Barlow Coll. Reg. S[ocii] ex dono viri et amici integerrimi domini Clementis Spelman Henrici τοῦ μɑκɑρίτου filii et scacarii seu fisci regis baronis'. Barlow has also inserted a note on 'The much fam'd poem of du Bartas' (p. v), and added the date, apparently of acquisition, July 22, 1659 (p. vii). 'R. Fanshawe' is on p. v.

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding, blind-tooled brown leather, 17th-cent. English work, with illuminated initials and borders


9 1/2 × 7 1/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom