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Priscian, De constructione , written late in the 13th century in Italy

MS. Add. C. 143
Held at the Weston Library

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'Prisciani gramatici Cesariensis liber septimus decimus incipit de construccione siue ordinacione partium oracionis': the colophon (fol. 50v) is 'Artis Prisciaūdi gramatici Cesariensis doctoris urbis Rome Constantinorolitane lib. xvii de constructione explicit feliciter . [F]ili Theodoras Dionisii uiri disertissimi memorialis sacri crismi [pro scrinii] epistolarum & adiutor uiri magnifici questoris sacri palatii scripsi manu mea in urbe Constantinopoli tertio kalendas Iunias Mauortio uiri clari consule imperantibus Iustino & Iustiniano piis perpetuis [A.D. 527] . Incipit liber xviii densne Augustis.'

These are the 17th and 18th books of the Commentarii Grammatici, with many glosses and notes.

Summary Catalogue note: I should have guessed the text earlier in the 13th cent., and the ownership of Andreas de Raymundo at about 1270. On f. 50v is a curious grotesque, and on f. 100v a fantastic (secret ?) alphabet, partly based on the Greek. --E.W.B.N.


  • Creation: written late in the 13th century in Italy


102 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Add. C. 143

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. 28404.

For the description in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries see MS. Add. C. 143.

Custodial History

'Liber magistri Andree de Raymundo', 15th cent. (fol. 100v): 'Iste liber est monachorum congregaciois sanctę Justinę ipsi monasterio sanctę Justinę Patauii depulatus', late 15th cent. (fol. 1), and apparently marked '218 k/10' in the library at Padua.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Heber sale lot no. 1358: bought at the sale by Thorpe for £2 19s., and from him by the Bodleian for £6 6s.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with some illuminated capitals, etc.; binding, red morocco with gold ornament, English of about A.D. 1800


10 1/2 × 7 in.

Repository Details

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