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Collection of six Latin items, Written late in the 15th century (but see art. 6) in Italy

MS. Auct. F. 2. 17
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. Fol. 1. Martial's Spectacula, imperfect at beginning, with the Latin commentary (by Domitius Calderini), from no. 6 (Junctam Pasiphaën) to 31 (Naumachiam): comm. beg. after an imperfect part 'Vuntam. Pasiphaë filia Solis.' Most of the leaves are slightly imperfect
  2. Fol. 6v. Martial's Epigrams, i. 1 to iv. 1 with Calderini's Commentary; ending on the recto of a leaf
  3. Fol. 109. Copies of 101 Latin letters, dated 1470-72, of Italian litterati, chiefly Alexander Braccius, Nicholaüs Mihelotius, and Bartolomeus Scala
  4. Fol. 147v. 'Non nullæ optime elegantie', on the history of some Latin words
  5. Fol. 150. The Epistolae Heroidum of Ovid, i and ii. 1-114 (Hebrus aquas), with glosses and notes: imperfect at end
  6. Fol. 155. A fragment of an early 15th cent. MS. written in Italy, containing the Epistolae Heroïdum of Ovid, ii. 112-xiv, xvi. 1-203 (mater Amorum): fol. 189 is on parchment.

The hand which wrote artt. 1-5, and which glossed and annotated this fragment, takes up the text in the middle of fol. 194v and carries it to xvi. 170, where two leaves are lost, and from xix. 146 (Gloriaque) to nearly the end of the Heroides, the leaves being in perturbed order and including the xvth Epistle

The whole MS. is in a poor state, and one leaf of MS. Auct. F. 2. 12 was at one time in it.


  • Creation: Written late in the 15th century (but see art. 6) in Italy


216 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Auct. F. 2. 17

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. III, no. 8873

Custodial History

the Heinsius sale catalogue, tom. ii. p. 65, this MS. is no. 25.

Physical Facet

On paper


11 × 8 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom