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'Cato Cesar de rethorica', written in the mid-13th century in England

MS. Barlow 40
Held at the Weston Library

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'Cato Cesar de rethorica' (16th cent.), with a note by bishop Barlow that it is in fact Cicero de inventione (fol. v). Though described in the Old Catalogue as 'Liber 2', this is in fact the whole work. There are many contemporary and some later glosses. Fol. 1 is a full-page miniature representing, from left to right, Cato, Cicero, and Caesar.


  • Creation: written in the mid-13th century in England


101 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Barlow 40

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. 6480

Custodial History

On fol. iv is 'contuli cum editione Gronov. in quarto Maii 24° MDCCIX' Tho: Hearne'. There are some late 14th-cent. scribblings on fol. v.

Physical Facet

On parchment


9 2/3 × 5 3/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom