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Miscellaneous Latin pieces, described in an added title as 'Sylua varig lectionis', written in the first half of the 15th century in Italy

MS. Add. C. 12
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Miscellaneous Latin pieces, described in an added title as 'Sylua varig lectionis':

An index to fols. 4-end is on fol. 3v;

(fol. 1) '... Versus de regimine sanitatis', known also as 'Schola Salernitana', but only 104 lines: followed by 'Plura problemata', 36 riddles in verse: beg. 'Me uariando nirais.' The writing on fols. 1-3 may be slightly later than the rest;

(fol. 4) Works by Albertanus Brixiensis:

  1. '... De amore Dei et proximi ... et de forma vite ...';
  2. (fol. 43v) '... Liber consolation is et consilij ...', composed according to the colophon in April and May, 1244, not 1246: it was on an adaptation of this work that Chaucer based his Tale of Melibe;
  3. (fol. 64) '... Liber de doctrina et modo dicendi et tacendi ...', composed according to the colophon in 1245.

(fol. 69v). '... Liber Salomonis qui dicitur Ecclesiastes.';

(fol. 73v). Short theological pieces:

  1. 'Super re familiari utilius gubernanda', here ascribed to St. Bernard;
  2. (fol. 75) De institutione novitiorum, here called 'de disciplina', by Hugo de Sancto Victore, see also fols. 164, 166;
  3. (fols. 83, 94v) Two sets of definitions of virtues and vices;
  4. (fol. 85) '... [De interiori domo seu] de conscientia', here ascribed to St. Bernard, the same as bk. 3 of the De Anima ascribed to Hugo de Sancto Victore;
  5. (fol. 95v) '... De septem peccatis mortalibus', beg. 'Quemcunque superbire uideris.'.

(fol. 97) '... Liber moralium de regimine dominorum, qui nuncupatur secretum secretorum editus ab Aristotile ...', with the preface of Philippus, etc., and some additions at end;

(fol. 121v) 'Incipit hic series conscripta Parabolarum. Flosculus ex prato demptarum legitur ut flos. Plurimis ex libris titulatim et ordine scriptis ...', a florilegium from sacred and profane authors, a list of whom is on fol. 3v (but several leaves are lost, see below): fols. 162-3 are of the same kind;

(fol. 157) The latter part of an alphabetical list of 'Plurima prouerbia vulgaria secundum ydioma Lombardicum' (title from fol. 3v), beg. 'Quella ca non me piaxe, onda la galina canta el gallo taxe': 63 are left;

(fol. 158) Short pieces, chiefly in verse, among which are 'Versus quos composuit Alanus [de Insulis?] quando uoluit se nubere' (beg. 'Sit Deo gloria': against women: fol. 158): 'Salutatio per versus quarn fecit magister Franciscus Petra[r]cha Florentinus rediens a Francia quando vidit partes Italie' (beg. 'Salue cara Deo tellus': fol. 160v).


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 15th century in Italy


168 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Add. C. 12

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. 24755.

Custodial History

The volume is badly mutilated, two leaves being lost after fol. 79, four after 88, one after 98, two after 124, one after 143, four after 152, ten after 156, three after 158, and some at end.

In the 16th century the MS. was 'Z. a. 18' in the monastery 'Sancti Bernardini Burginoui' (Borgo San Bernardino near Piacenza): then E. 20 in the same, and perhaps 'S. 26' and 'iv. 2. 33.'.

Catalogue of the ... collection of Splendid Manuscripts ... formed by M. Guglielmo Libri 1859 no. 860*.

Physical Facet

on parchment, imperfect, with illuminated capitals and borders


12 3/4 × 9 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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