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Aesopus moralisatus, written in about A.D. 1400 in Italy

MS. Add. A. 170

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At end: --'Explicit Liber Esopi. Deo gratias. Amen': 62 fables in elegiac verse, with the metrical preface beginning 'Ut iuuet et prosit.' This is the collection of which the author used to be styled the Anonymus Nevelcti (Novelet's edition was published in 1610 at Frankfurt), but now is believed to be Gualterus Anglicus. The distich beginning 'Fine fruor' is found in this manuscript both at the end of the 60th and of the 62nd fable, the two supplementary ones being 'De capone et accipitre' and 'De pastore et lupo.'.


  • written in about A.D. 1400 in Italy


20 Leaves

Language of Materials



MS. Add. A. 170

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. V, no. 24709.

Custodial History

At end:--'Iste liber est mei Becti Nieholai de Rosarmia de Pisis', 15th cent.

Catalogue of the ... collection of Splendid Manuscripts ... formed by M. Guglielmo Libri 1859 no. 13.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with coloured capitals


8 1/4 × 5 1/8 in.

Repository Details

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