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Miscellaneous classical notes and papers, chiefly in the hand of Carolus Labbaeus, written in the 16th and 17th century in France

MS. Add. A. 176
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Miscellaneous classical notes and papers, chiefly in the hand of Carolus Labbaeus (Charles Labbé de Monvéron, d. 1657). They fall into the divisions of Notes, Excerpts or Transcripts, Letters or Poems, and Lists of MSS. The chief items are:

Copies of Notes:

  1. (fol. 5) notes by Jos. J. Scaliger on Seneca's Tragedies;
  2. (fol. 77bv) notes on Justinian's Constitutions, in Greek;
  3. (fol. 88) notes by Scaliger on Gallus, copied in 1604;
  4. (fol. 91) various readings in Isocrates, 1600;
  5. (fol. 109) notes by Florens Christianus on Hesychius;
  6. (fol. 127) various readings in Suetonius's Vitae xii Caesarum from a MS. owned by P. Merula;
  7. (fol. 180) various readings in Cæsar's Commentaries;
  8. (fol. 278) various readings in the Thebais of Statius.

Excerpts or Transcripts:

  1. (fol. 1) Latin-Greek glosses, copied by Gabriel Labbé, father of Charles, in whose hand fols. 1-39, 158-164, 214-215, etc., appear to be written;
  2. (fol. 40) Latin glosses of Dositheüs, copied in 1601;
  3. (fol. 64) Latin glosses from a MS. owned by Claudius Puteanus (Du Puy);
  4. (fol. 96) Latin-Greek glosses, 1623, etc., cf. fols. 123, 158;
  5. (fol. 121) Greek-Latin glosses;
  6. (fol. 169) 'Selectæ quæstiones mathematics de Coelo & Mundo', 1633;
  7. (fol. 196) part of the Διαλέξεις of Maximus Tyrius;
  8. (fol. 235) Christophorus Grienbergerus on the 'Speculum Ustorium', perhaps autograph;
  9. (fol. 237) excerpts from Olympiodorus on Plato;
  10. (fol. 274) Μετρική ύπόθεστς ... πως ή ψυχή τού σώματος διαζεύγνυται, beg. Πώς κάθη πώς άμεριμνέίς;
  11. (fols. 287, 299) The Στοιχϵίωσις ϕυσική and θεολογίας στοιχείωσις of Proclus. See also fols. 144, 153, 154, etc.

3 Copies of Letters and Poems:

  1. (fol. 17) letter from Jos. J. Scaliger to Joannes Stadius, n.d.;
  2. (fol. 27) an Epithalamium and epigrams in verse by Scaliger;
  3. (fol. 103v) letter from him to Claude Dupuy, Oct. 13, 1592, in French;
  4. (fol. 167) letter from Meletos of Alexandria to Margaret of Valois or Angoulême, queen of Navarre, in Greek, two copies, dated έτει σωτηρίω ει (?: c. 1540?);
  5. (fol. 225) poems from an Album Amicorum of Vulcanius (Bonaventura de Smet);
  6. (fol. 230) letter from Scaliger to Alexis Gaudinius;
  7. (fol. 231) letter of Conrad Ritterhusius to Franc. Dousa, July 24, 1600;

List of MSS.:

  1. (fol. 206) list of the Greek MSS. in the library at Fontainebleau, as in Omont's edition (1889), p. 373;
  2. (fol. 210) another list of Greek MSS. (beg. 'Ηρωδιανού περί έγκλινομένων);
  3. (fol. 214) list of Greek MSS. at Constantinople;
  4. (fol. 216) list of unpublished Greek and Latin MSS., by Scipio Tettius of Naples;
  5. (fol. 223) list of MSS. at St. Mark's, Venice;
  6. (fol. 224) list of Greek MSS. at Ferrara, once owned by Battista Guarini.


  • Creation: written in the 16th and 17th century in France


345 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • Latin
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • French


MS. Add. A. 176

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. 24763.

Custodial History

The Libri Sale Catalogue states (under no. 1171) that this volume was in the collection of Jean Pierre Agnès Parison of Paris (sale 1856).

Catalogue of the ... collection of Splendid Manuscripts ... formed by M. Guglielmo Libri 1859 no. 915.

Physical Facet

On paper


9 1/8 × 7 in.

Repository Details

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