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Patristic, classical, and humanistic pieces, Written about 1520 in an italic hand

MS. Barlow 14
Held at the Weston Library

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Patristic, classical, and humanistic pieces, written throughout by the same hand, with contemporary marginalia by a foreign scribe. The separate pieces are:

  1. (fol. 1) Jerome's letter to pope Damasus, beg. 'Credimus in deum patrem'
  2. (fol. 4) the 'Expositio simboli' of Rufinus Aquilegiensis, beg. 'Michi quidem'
  3. (fol. 41) the prologue of the same to Pronianus concerning the translation of Gregory Nazianzenus, beg. 'Proficiscenti nihil'
  4. (fol. 42v) a Latin translation of the Apologia of Gregory Nazianzenus, beg. 'Victus sum'
  5. (fol. 90) Ambrose 'de cura pastorali', beg. 'Si quis fratres'
  6. (fol. 101) Seneca 'de moribus', beg. 'Omne peccatum', followed (fol. 105) by Seneca's epitaph, beg. 'Cura labor meritum'
  7. (fol. 105a) an undated letter from Domitius Veronensis [Calderini] to Giacopo Amanati, cardinal of Pavia, and another from the bishop of Verona to Celsus of Verona, canon regular of the Lateran congregation, dated at Venice, prid. Kal. Feb. 1471, followed by a treatise headed 'Celsi Veronensis ... dissuasoria ne Christiani principes ecclesiasticos vsurpent census, ad inclitum Venetorum senatum', beg. 'Solent complures' (fol. 106)
  8. (fol. 128v) 'Questio disputata per dominum Celsum Veronensem ... videlicet An aliqua respublica possit conducere Judeos ad fenerandum sine peccato, et eciam an papa valeat concedere quod potest sine peccato fieri'
  9. (fol. 139) a letter dated at Bologna, xii Kal. Feb., from Celsus to the cardinal of Pavia [Giacopo Amanati] concerning the death of the cardinal of S. Sixtus [ ? 1474]. The illumination seems to be by the artists who worked on MS. Hatton 10. On fol. 1 is a shield of arms: argent, on a bend sable three lozenges or, charged with three saltires gules.


  • Creation: Written about 1520 in an italic hand


144 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Barlow 14

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. 6478

Custodial History

Though the scribe was trained in Italy, and the illuminator apparently in Flanders, the MS. had reached England by the reign of Edward vi (fol. 141v). Fol. 142v has 'Thomas Droke me possidet', and in pencil the names 'Seton, Watson, Sanderson' (all 16th cent.). There is a calendarial note of the 16th cent. in a foreign hand on fol. iii.

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding, blind-tooled brown leather with roll-produced border, early 17th-cent. English work, illuminated by a Flemish artist


9 2/5 × 6 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom