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Commentary on Virgil, Georgics , written in the second half of the 15th century in Italy

MS. Add. A. 164

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'In quatuor Georgicorum Virgilij libros per [?] B. C. argumenta et declarationes' (a rather later title): a commentary on the Georgics, with an index of the lemmata and a few later notes: a leaf is wanting at the end of the index, and one also at the end of the text.

Fol. iv is a 19th century paper by G. Negrini (1826?) suggesting that the whole is in the hand of, if not composed by, Battista Guarini (d. 1513), but this was seen by the writer himself in 1837 to be not likely; and Guarini is quoted in the later notes as expressing an opinion different from that of the commentary (e.g. fols. 5, 33, 123v), while the author (and probably writer) seems to be clearly stated to be 'B. C.'

The text beg. 'Quid faciat laetas segetes. Diuidimus in duas partes, in auctorem & opus. Auctorem intelligimus.'.


  • written in the second half of the 15th century in Italy


125 Leaves

Language of Materials



MS. Add. A. 164

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. 24720.

Custodial History

No. 'CXV' and 'Miscellanea tomo 12°' in some public library in Italy with which 'G. Negrini' was connected in 1826 and 1837, perhaps Ferrara. MS. no. 129 of the same library had been 'confrontato' with this MS., perhaps as being an autograph of Guarini. See MS. Add. A. 19.

Catalogue of the ... collection of Splendid Manuscripts ... formed by M. Guglielmo Libri 1859 no. 460

Physical Facet

On paper


8 7/8 × 6 5/8 in.

Repository Details

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