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Classical and Renaissance miscellany, Early 16th cent.

MS. Bywater 15
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Classical and Renaissance miscellany, in Latin with a few words in German, of printed texts and of manuscript items copied in various hands mainly from printed texts, early 16th-cent., assembled and bound in Germany by 1516 (with later additions) perhaps for 'EHC', with special emphasis on florilegia-extracts on moral themes, including: (fols. 1v-6v) lists of Greek and Latin authors, etc; (fols. 8-113) printed text, Flores poetarum de virtutibus et vitiis libri decem, Cologne, 1505; (fols. 114-42) printed text, Matthias Ringmann (alias Ringmannus Philesius), Hemistichia poetarum sentenciosiora pro pueris, n.p., n.d. (preface dated Strassburg, 1505), with manuscript annotations identifying the sources; (fols. 145-62) Persius, Satirae; (fols. 163v-76, 181-3v). A. Mancinelli, De poetica virtute (first published independently at Rome c.1490); (fols. 176-9) Ps.-Vergil, Epigrammata, beg. 'Vir bonus ...'; (fols. 179v-80v) Hermann Busch, Ode ... de contemnendo mundo et amanda sola virtute et scientia (Sapphics, first published at Strassburg, 1503, with B. Spagnuoli's Bucolica); (fols. 184-204v) transcripts from Johannes Lantzberger, Dialogus recommendationis exprobationisque poetices, published at Speyer c.1494; (fols. 207v-10, 216v-33) material relating to the Cynics, with special reference to Rodolphus Agricola and to the Latin translation of Ps.-Crates Thebanus, Letters, by Athanasius Constantinopolitanus, published at Paris c.1474; (fols. 211v-15v) Pope Pius II (Aeneas Silvius), poem in Sapphics on the passion of Christ, beg. 'Quid tibi tandem scelerate queris'; (fols. 234-44) 'Ex Capnionis Cabala', extracts from Johann Reuchlin's De arte cabalistica, first published 1517.


  • Creation: Early 16th cent.


252 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Bywater 15

Custodial History

Inscribed on the front pastedown: (in red) 'EHC' and 'Anno Verbigenae M D xvj'; (a monogram incorporating the letters) ACEHINPRST, the A and the T especially large; Bywater nos. 1315, 2473.

Physical Facet

Binding: German blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, metal clasps

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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