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Magical treatises

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MS. e Mus. 238
Held at the Weston Library

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Magical treatises:

  1. Fol. 1. 'The experiens of frier Jamei of Scotland', beg. 'Note that you must worke in a faire daye': a mixture of magic and astrology.
  2. Fol. 6. 'Incipit Practica Nigromantiæ . .. et Thezaurus Spirituum nuncupatur', a treatise in Latin by 'frater Robertus Lumbertus': beg. 'Diuiditur hoc opus in 4or partes'. The handwriting suddenly changes at fol. 15v: space is left for diagrams, not filled in. Fols. 36-end are blank.


  • Creation: Written in the 2nd half of the 16th century in two hands


71 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. e Mus. 238, fols. 1-2]

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MS. e Mus. 238

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18203


Magical treatises

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

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. II, no. 3546

Custodial History

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library (56)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The book first appears in Bodleian lists about 1655. Dr. Thomas Barlow states that it was 'è Musæo Thom: Allen, Glocestrensis Aulæ Alumni', who died in 1633.

Physical Facet

On paper


6 × 4 1/8 in.

Magical treatises
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom